Barley gruel

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Barley gruel
Type Porridge
Place of origin China
Region or state Danyang, Jiangsu
Main ingredients Barley, rice and alkali
Cookbook: Barley gruel  Media: Barley gruel

Barley gruel (simplified Chinese: 大麦粥; traditional Chinese: 大麥粥; pinyin: dàmàizhōu) is a type of porridge found in Danyang, Jiangsu. It is made from barley, rice and alkali.


According to local legend, when the Qianlong Emperor came to Danyang, officials couldn't take expensive and delicate food. Worried, the officials presented barley gruel to the emperor. The emperor was happy with the food and enjoyed the taste. Since that time, the people of Danyang eat barley gruel for their breakfast and supper.

Cooking process[edit]

Firstly, prepare some barley flour which is mixed with water and some dietary alkali which is used to enhance the flavor of the gruel. As soon as the porridge starts boiling, turn down the flame and then pour the mixed barley paste into the porridge. After that, add a spoonful of dietary alkali to it and at the same time, stir the porridge. When the porridge boils again and it becomes yellow, it can be eaten. [1] [2] [3] [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "趣话丹阳大麦粥-《烹调知识》2004年03期". Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  2. ^ "中国丹阳". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  3. ^ "趣话丹阳大麦粥―《烹调知识》―2004年第3期―龙源期刊网". Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  4. ^ "丹阳大麦粥". 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2011-09-26.