Cinnamon Tea: South Korean cuisine has emerged as a global sensation over the years, making people understand that there's more to a Korean meal than just Kimchi. While the hundred varieties of Kimchi speak volumes about the love Koreans have for it, a typical Korean meal involves a lot more. From side dishes ranging from anywhere between 2-12, and rice being the centre of most meals, Korean cuisine still has a lot to explore than what just meets the eye.
For instance, very less is known about the Korean beverages. Much like the Korean snacks, Korean drinks too are an interesting blend and quite different from the ones we get in other parts of the world. This is because Korean cuisine uses many of its local spices and herbs in most of its concoctions. The huge variety of tea is worth exploring! From omija tea made with unique omija berries, perfect for its medicinal properties to citron tea which is made from slices of the yuzu fruit kept in honey for a long time, one can simply go on and on about the countless Korean wonders that are worth trying.
One such South Korean beverage is Sujeonggwa, a delicious mix of cinnamon, ginger, sugar and persimmon. Sujeonggwa is considered to be a dessert as well as a soothing drink in Korea that can aid digestion with the wonderful properties of ginger. The combination of cinnamon with ginger would also keep cold and cough at bay during the flu season.
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We have an easy recipe to make Sujeonggwa at home. It uses permission, a fruit that looks similar to ripened tomatoes, but if it isn't available, you can skip too. Sujeonggwa involves peeled ginger and cinnamon sticks boiled, simmered until deep red-orange colour, strained and mixed with sugar. It is served cold or at room temperature in small bowls topped with pine nuts.
Find the full recipe here.
This aromatic, soothing cup of South Korean cinnamon tea can be a great addition to your morning routine during the monsoon season in India when the flu season is at its peak.
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