Another Healthy, Cooling Red Cane, Candied Wintermelon, Water Chestnut Drink aka “Hung Jeh Sui”

A glass of delicious Hung Jeh Sui or Red Sugar Cane drink

Good evening, dear friends 😀

With hot weather all year round in Malaysia, spicy cuisine, heaty foods that are fried or roasted, sometimes our body can get out of balance from its yin and yang…usually becoming more heaty with symptoms like sore gums, sore throats, dry or yellowish phlegmy coughs, sore gums, tension headaches, restless sleep. To dispel this heatiness, one of the easiest and most delicious way is to drink the sugar cane drink because most kids and even adults simply love its taste!

The sugar canes used for this cooling drink are not those fat, green-yellowish canes that can be squeezed for its sugar cane juice to drink or to make into sugar, but the thinner and drier ones. There are mainly 2 types of the cane that is boiled as a cooling drink – the bamboo cane or “jook jeh” and the red cane or “hung jeh.” The red cane is also known as medicinal cane or “yeok jeh” and I prefer to use this type of cane just because of its medicinal properties….it is good for treating migraines (I get migraines very often last time but these days, its frequency is much less).

Chinese water chestnuts are held to be a good tonic and are credited with many curative and supplementing properties. Water chestnut is cold in nature and is excellent for clearing Heat. Ground water chestnut powder mixed with water can relieve cough. Boiling water chestnuts in water makes the best drink for measles patients and is appropriate for all measles patients from the third day till the ninth day of the cycle. It helps to speed up the measles cycle. Fever is usually associated with urination difficulty or pain. Water chestnut sweet soup significantly eases the pain and promotes urination.

I love wintermelon and sometimes, I would cook a savoury Wintermelon Soup to go with a meal. In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, wintermelon is considered being able to promote urination, reduce swelling, clear heat, remove toxic substances, and mitigate high blood pressure.

In fact, from nutrition perspective, the potassium content in winter melon is proved to be capable of facilitating the body to eliminate excess sodium, which helps reduce swelling and lower blood pressure. Moreover, because of its extremely high water content and 0% fat properties, winter melon is often used in dieting and has become an ideal weight-control food for dieters specially in hot summer months in China.



Ingredients in the large pot above –

10 sticks of 1-foot long red sugar cane

1 packet candied wintermelon (Tong Tung Kwa)

10 or more fresh water chestnuts

* optional – a small bunch of Hung Teen Wu (benefits of this plant can be read in this post HERE )

* other options – 2 cups of Chinese barley, some Mao Kan, or dried bamboo leaves

Real Easy Method –

1) I used my largest pot which can contain about 10 litres of water. Bring water to a boil.

2) Meanwhile, scrub sugar cane with a metal scrubber (the type we use to scrub our pots? This remove dirt easier compared to a vegetable brush). Chop cane into 2 parts so that they will fit into the pot. Smash with the flat side of a chopping knife or hammer or the stone from the pestle and mortar.

3) Scrub water chestnuts with a vegetable brush to remove dirt and mud. Leave skin on and smash lightly also with the flat side of a chopping knife.

4) Put all ingredients into the pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 4 hours with the lowest fire.

5) No sugar is necessary as the ingredients would have provided some sweetness but if you prefer your drink sweeter, just add in a cup of rock sugar.

6) I usually pour a large mug of this yummy drink for each of my family member and the leftover is kept in jugs in the refrigerator, It tastes even better cold. 💡

Hope you will make this drink for your family and I am very sure they will love its taste. It is certainly cheaper than buying it from those cooling herbal stalls and it only costs me about RM10 or US$3.50 to make such a large pot of red cane drink. My family would have it twice a month because it is good in preventing heatiness. wink:


11 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Louise said,

    I always discover new ideas when I visit your blog. I can’t wait to actually put one of your recipes into my repertoire and actually sit down to enjoy them. Thank you so very much. I have added you to my blogroll:)


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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear Louise 😀

    Thank you for your lovely comments. I have another fruity drink recipe that is coming up soon and it is for soothing a feverish body. I made it yesterday as I was down with fever. I have also added you to my Blogroll. 😀

    Have a nice week!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  3. 3

    happygrub said,

    I love herbal drinks… Especially so during the fasting month, u feel “heaty” all the time. Thanks for sharing! I’ve never seen red sugarcane though.


  4. 4

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear happygrub 😀

    Yes, this is a great rehydration drink after a day of fasting and to counter heatiness of the body. I think it is harder to find red sugar cane in Singapore as even here in KL, I can only find them at my once weekly pasar malam (night farmers’ market).

    Most markets here sell only the bamboo sugar cane variety – which is yellowish to light brown in colour and about 1-inch in diameter, sometimes thinner. The bamboo sugarcane drink is also quite cooling in its properties and can be used in place of red sugar cane. 😉

    Selamat Berbuka Puasa! 😀

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  5. 5

    happygrub said,

    Thanks for the info! Being Singaporean Malay, I get a kick when Chinese speak Malay, I find it so cute. Thanks for the buka puasa wishes, I can eat now yay!


  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are most welcome, dear happygrub! Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to you and your loved ones! My family also try to join in the Hari Raya festivities with a muhibbah spirit and I cooked up a storm with some traditional Malay dishes. 😆

    With peace and joy,

    choesf 😀


  7. 7

    MDD said,


    thanks for sharing all your awesome tips. Can you advice me where I can purchase water chestnut (either whole or cut). Many thanks in advance
    warm rgds, D


  8. 8

    MDD said,

    i meant in Singapore pls :>


  9. 9

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear MDD 😀

    I’m sorry I can’t tell you where to buy water chestnuts in Singapore – I live in Kuala Lumpur. I presume you can find them in your wet markets or supermarkets, like here in KL? 😳 😆

    Hopefully someone from Singapore will see your query here and assist you?

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    choesf 😀


  10. 10

    ladytong said,

    Great info on water chestnuts! Thanks!


    • 11

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      You are very welcome, dear ladytong 😀

      Sometimes, I also add water chestnuts into my Lotus Root soup, together with a bit of dried cuttlefish and carrots and pork ribs. The soup is so delicious and aromatic and certainly nourishing to one’s body in this hot, humid weather. 😉

      I love your site on nourishing soups and have added you to my blogroll! 😀

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


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