Korean Traditional Tea – What to Drink in Korea

Korean traditional tea

Korean Traditional Tea

Korea is well-know for its traditional dishes. However, there are also a lot of  traditional teas and drinks you could see in Korea. Drinking could be as much enjoyable  as eating.

Traditional teas that you drink like water

Koreans love to drink teas like water. In fact, a lot of households boil tea in a big kettle and drink them everyday.


Barley Tea

Korean traditional tea

Barley Tea is probably the most common Korean traditional tea that Koreans drink at home.  It is also a good thirst quencher. It promotes digestion and prevents aging process. You can easily boil barley tea at home. Usually, Koreans use fried barley. 5 g of barley per 100 ml water is needed. Just boil until the tea is golden brown. Using a tea bag is an easy way to enjoy the barley tea. If you want to taste it before you try boiling on your own, try ‘Haneul-bori’, which is barley tea in a plastic bottle, available in almost every store.


Corn Silk Tea

This might sound a little bit weird. However, a lot of Koreans drink corn silk tea. Corn silk tea is diuretic, and makes the swelling of your body go down. It is also good for diabetes and high blood pressure. To make the corn silk tea, first, you must clean and gather the threadlike part of each corn. Fully dry the corn silk and roast it without burning it. Put as much corn silk as you want and boil it. For a more corn-like flavor, you could add some roasted corns in the boiling water. Also, you could easily find corn silk tea in a convenient store. 옥수수 수염차(Oksoosoo-sooyeom-cha) is marked on the bottle.


Korean traditional tea that is made of fruits

There are also some teas that are sweet. Koreans often make fruit conserves with sugar or honey and put it in boiling water to drink it as tea.


Yuja(Citron) Tea

Korean traditional tea

Yuja tea is one of the most familiar tea to Koreans. Yuja contains a lot of vitamin C and citric acid which is good for cold. Limonene that is in yuja relieves sore throat and makes your capillary vessels stronger. Making yuja tea base takes quite a lot of effort and time. Therefore, we recommend you to buy the yuja tea base which is on the market. Sometimes, Koreans mix yuja base with alcohol such as soju for a better taste.


Green Plum(Maesil ) Tea

Korean traditional tea

The official stomach remedy for Koreans, green plum tea! Green plum is effective for detoxing, since it has picric acid. It is also good for stomach trouble, because it stimulates your peptic gland. Many restaurants serve this tea after the meal. To make a green plum tea base, you put sugar and green plum at a 1:1 ratio. There are also a lot of green plum tea beverage available at the convenient store, such as 초록매실(Cho-rok-maesil) and Minutemade Maesil.


Omija Tea

Korean traditional tea

Along with its pretty color, Omija tea is also well-known for its distinctive taste. Omija got its name from its 5 different tastes since ‘O-mi’ means 5 tastes in Korean. It is known to have sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and salty taste. When you have cold, especially the symptoms of cough and phlegm, Omija tea will make you feel better. It is an excellent source of lignan, which is good for insomnia. You can get Omija tea base in super supermarkets such as E-mart or Homeplus and sometimes, there are tea bags available, so that you could put sugar or honey in the tea as much as you want.


Are you more of an alcoholic drink lover?
Read this article about Traditional Korean Drinks – Liquor in Korea 

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