Ingredient Name:  Malt

Traditional Chinese Name: 麥芽 (Mài yá)

What is this?

  • Part of wheats
  • The product by which “malting” produces a certain grain (processed)
  • Grains are harvested and soaked in water to allow germination – which turns the starches into sugar
  • They are then baked on high heat and thus producing malt
  • There are a variety of malts available for consumption such as in the product of certain alcoholic beverages (whiskey, beer)

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water before soup usage

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in most supermarkets and speciality stores in packages

What is the cost?

  • Extremely affordable
  • A few dollars for a few grams (HKD) – but still more expensive than just rice

Any benefits?

  • Malt is an easily disgested ingredient for humans (as its carbohydrates are already broken down)
  • High content water
  • Malt contains magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamins A, B, D and E
  • Contains folic acid that is essential for prengnant women
  • Has no fat

Any precautions?

  • It is relatively more expensive for an extract of what due to its increased processing