With the rising Hallyu wave, Korean culture is making its way to India. The craze is not limited to K-pop, K-dramas and Korean cuisine. People have found a new favourite, Korean drinks.
The best part is that these drinks are not just tasty, but also carry some health advantages. South Korea has a diverse range of speciality drinks and culinary offerings. There is something for everyone, from alcoholic, non-alcoholic to healthy traditional beverages. These drinks are simple to make and yummy to taste. Here are a few Korean drinks that you must try-
This drink is ideal for drinking after a hot bath or a strenuous workout. Sikhye is a traditional Korean drink made with rice and yeotkiereum (barley powder/malt). Rice must first be soaked in water before being used to produce sikhye. It is then combined with malted barley.
Also read | Healthy alternatives to replace junk food
Sikhye is known to help with pain and avoids dehydration. This distinct flavour is exclusively available in South Korea. Sikhye is commonly accessible in cans or plastic bottles in South Korea and Korean grocery stores in other countries. The Vilac firm of Busan is one of the largest sikhye makers in South Korea. At the bottom of most canned sikhye, there is always a remnant of cooked rice. After a meal, homemade sikhye is frequently served in Korean restaurants.
Yuja-cha is a traditional Korean tea brewed with Yuja (also known as yuzu in Japanese). This hybrid citrus fruit crosses between a mandarin and the hardy lemon-scented ichang papeda. The caffeine-free tea is commonly consumed as cold treatment and is customarily served hot.
Baesuk was traditionally served in Korean royal court cuisine and it was not widely consumes until the mid-twentieth century. Baesuk is also known as isuk, and both terms translate to 'baked pear' in Korean. A peeled pear is chopped into multiple pieces that can be readily eaten or prepared whole, and three black peppercorns are usually put onto the surface of each piece. Steamed pears, ginger, and honey make Baesuk a fruit punch. It is also low in sugar.
Sujeonggwa is a traditional Korean beverage made with dried persimmons and ginger juice, cinnamon, honey, and sugar. Along with Sikhye, it is a favourite traditional dessert drink (sweet rice drink).
It's trendy during Korea's festive holidays, such as New Year's Day and the Moon Festival (Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day). It's thought to aid digestion, so it's frequently provided after eating Korean BBQ at a restaurant. The ingredients are all cooked simultaneously until they develop a reddish-brown colour. This cocktail is commonly served with a dessert. Colds and anaemia were prevented with Sujeonggwa.
Misugaru is a traditional Korean beverage made from rice or wheat, black soybeans, and black sesame seeds that have been ground into flour. The flour is mixed with water in a bowl and then swirled to become Misugaru. Sugar can be used as a sweetener. Misugaru is an energy drink that can also help you eat more. It's typically served to satisfy thirst on hot summer days, as a quick, nutritious drink for breakfast, or as a healthy snack. Misugaru can be kept in the freezer for more than a year without getting spoiled.
Omija Hwachae is another traditional Korean punch drink. The magnolia berry is also known as Omija. It won't be easy to distinguish between this lovely tea and strawberry syrup. This vivid crimson cocktail combines five berries: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy. Because of its beneficial health properties, Koreans are known to like processed fruits made from berries. Omija has proven to be a helpful treatment for colds and respiratory illnesses.
Yulmu is a healthy beverage widely consumed in South Korea. Yulmu is the ideal beverage for when you're looking for something filling but don't have time to have a full meal. All you have to do is add hot water to this combination, and you'll have a warm and filling cereal to slurp down in a matter of minutes.
Start your day with a warm cup of yulmu, and your body will thank you. Yulmu's high protein content will keep you going when you need energy throughout the day!
If you've ever visited Korea during the summer, you're probably already familiar with the green plums. It is a popular summer fruit in Korea. Green plum tea can be made in various ways, but the most common is to ferment the plum to transform them into a thick, sweet maesil syrup. Maesil may be stored in syrup form all year, so you don't have to worry about having fresh plums on hand.
Corn tea is a multitasker: it's not only a tasty drink but it's also said to help you lose weight and achieve that chiseled jawline you've always wanted. Depending on personal choice, corn tea can be brewed using dried corn kernels or corn silk. Consider including corn tea in your weight-loss routine if you're looking for something to help you lose weight.