We are at the letter, 차 (ch) of the Korean alphabet series. And for ㅊ, I’ve picked an easy one.
Cha = tea
As you probably know, I am more of a coffee drinker. But if someone offers me tea, I won’t decline. I like tea. I’m just not hopelessly addicted to it as I am to coffee.
To get you into tea time mode, here is a fun video I found on English people trying out different kinds of Korean tea. Check out which ones they tried and their reactions. Although I must say, I’ve never tried a cup of tea with raw egg in it before.
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Korea is a huge tea drinking country. There are so many varieties of Korean tea. The choices are infinite. I can’t go over every single one of them, but here is a list of some of my favs:
Citron tea. This one is probably my favorite, or at least one of them. I’m rarely without a jar of Yuja cha in my kitchen. Also, I recently tried an iced version of this at Tom n Tom’s. The iced citron tea instantly became a favorite of Catboy’s. Like one guy in the video says, Yuja cha kind of resembles marmalade, almost making you want to go look for something to spread it on.
This is the first tea that they tried in the video clip. It has the seal of approval stamp from the English folks! One kid even said that it was the best tea that he’s ever had. Yumul cha is a favorite of my brother’s. American kids drink hot chocolate. Korean kids drink Yumul cha lol. When we were growing up, my mom used to buy this every winter for my brother. The first winter he got back from fighting in Afghanistan, Yumul cha was one of the first things he asked my mom for. It’s the type of tea that makes you feel warm and comforted. It’s almost like a warm hug in a cup!
If you love ginger, you are going to love ginger tea. It has a clean, refreshing taste, with a kick from the ginger. When I am sick with a cold or flu, I live off of ginger tea. The therapeutic properties of ginger help to soothe my sinuses and sore throat. I seriously can’t survive a cold or flu without ginger tea!
Or if you prefer on the go packets, for that extra convenience..
Bori = barley
Roasted barley tea. My grandma used to make this when I was growing up. There were times when I’d drink refrigerated bori cha more than water. Bori cha can be served hot or cold. I prefer cold. I also used to “bap mal ah mukuh” in cold bori cha often! Bori cha is full of antioxidants and is caffeine free. It is also known to help with indigestion, weight loss, and control blood sugar levels.
I seriously don’t drink enough of bori cha these days. Writing this post is reminding me to go pick up a bag and start drinking it way more! Here are a couple of interesting posts on bori cha that I came across. For more details and recipes on bori cha:
Green tea. Nok = green.
Brown rice green tea is also a popular option.
I totally love misugaru. It has a mildly sweet taste and a “go so han” flavor. In the winter, a cup of hot misugaru warms me up and puts a smile on my face. During the sticky, hot summer months, I crave an icy cold blend of misugaru. Instead of an ice cream shake, try a misugaru shake! I feel way less guilty about drinking a blend of misugaru in place of the calorie-loaded shakes (or in my case, the once a year Frap that I might consume), and the satisfaction is greater. That reminds me, I meant to try making a misugaru creme brulee once! There are many dessert ideas I’d like to try with misugaru.
There is also a packet option. As you can see, Koreans love packet options. It’s so convenient! This here is made of roasted grains (15 different kinds) and yam. #love
Korean ginseng tea. You know Koreans and ginseng! Some of the many health benefits of Korean Red Ginseng include: reduced fatigue and stress, increased concentration, boosts libido, regulates immunity, and much more! Read more on Korean Red Ginseng here.
Ggul daechu (honey jujube) cha
Another delicious tea that is full of antioxidants and immune system boosting properties. This is another tea that I opt to during cold and flu season. Like the honey ginger tea, ggul daechu cha alleviates sinuses and throat. This also comes in a jar or a pack of bags. For me, I prefer buying it in a jar. But getting the tea bag option also has its perks (more convenient and less clean up, i.e. no spoon to wash!).
Ggul Maeshil (honey plum) tea
Maeshil is a type of a green plum that is highly versatile in the Korean kitchen. My mom is obsessed with maeshil. She believes that maeshil has the abilities to turn anything delicious. Often times, pear or kiwi is used in the marination of bulgogi. But my mom discovered the magic of marinating with maeshil. I don’t usually love my mom’s cooking, but the maeshil touched meat is quite tasty! More on the health benefits, use in cooking, and more of maeshil here, on Kimchimari’s blog. I follow her on Instagram. You should, too!
Gugija Cha (Korean Ssangkye goji berry tea)
I like the design of the case. It’s very Korean. This tea is made from only the best gugija in S. Korea. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth the price. The health benefits of gugija are immeasurable. Gugija is known for its medicinal properties and have been for centuries. There is a folktale about a famous scholar that became sick. And it was gugija cha to the rescue, curing him, revitalizing him, and even making him age in reverse. Read more about it here. We should all drink gugiga cha. The benefits of it are amazing.
Omija cha (Schizandra berry tea)
Omija = five flavor berries
Omija may also be referred to as Schizandra berry or Magnolia berry. What really makes me want to drink more of this tea is the benefits it has on skin and antiaging. Sign me up! It has many other health benefits (read more here), but that’s got to be my favorite one and the reason to drink it more.
Gam ip cha (Persimmon leaf tea)
Gam ip = persimmon leaf
I love persimmon, so naturally, this tea is going to be on my list. Some describe this as tasting like green tea, but with an added slight sweetness to it.
Tea time in Korea dates back to centuries. Enjoying tea has been about the whole experience of it all.
As I was writing this post, I learned interesting information about Korean tea and tea culture that I didn’t already know. #learningthroughblogging
Here are some interesting blog posts that I came across on Korean tea and tea culture.
- 10 Interesting facts about Korean tea culture
- The history of Korea’s tea and tea drinking culture – past to present
This video clip below is an example of how a traditional Korean tea ceremony would be like. Beautiful, right?
If you want to delve even deeper into Korean tea culture, here are a few fascinating books for you to enjoy.
If you’re like me and adore tea sets, you might love one like this! Enjoy Korean tea time in style with a stunning, artful tea set of your own.
Stay tuned for the next post where we will cover ㅊ(ch) in the Korean alphabet! We’ll be breaking down the letters of 차! And it’s only one syllable, so expect it to be super easy!
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