Oksoosoo-Cha (Korean Winter Roasted Corn Tea)!
I hope you had a nice Superbowl Sunday. Bill made some really yummy vegan nachos, and I was so impressed!
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do a post on tea this winter. During the last couple of months of winter, I’ve been drinking more tea to keep warm like a good Korean! Oksoosoo-cha is a favorite winter tea for Koreans and is loved due to it’s excellent quality in helping digestion, kidney and urinary problems.
Herbal teas and grain teas are probably Koreans’ favorite kind of beverage. The kind of tea that has the most popularity comes and goes. For a long while it was green tea, converting many of the coffee shops of Seoul into green tea shops that sell traditional green tea, green tea lattes or green tea ice-cream or shakes.
Here are some of the herbal and grain teas that we have at our home!
The best selling beverage in the Korean market last year however was Oksoosoo-sooyum-cha, which is corn tea that also includes the corn silk, surpassing any green tea drinks or carbonated drinks that are also popular. So you can see how popular oksoosoo-tea is among Koreans!
As you can imagine, oksoosoo-cha is made from boiling roasted corn kernels and does not really have a strong flavor. It’s soothing and nice though, especially during the winter.
You should be able to find bags of these kernels at just about any Korean grocery store. Just drop a handful in a pot full of water and boil it for 10-15 minutes and then let it sit on the warm heat for an hour or so. You can start drinking the tea after it boils for 10 minutes, but the flavor gets stronger after you have it sit for an hour or so. Perfect for a winter day!
Oksoo soo-cha (roasted corn tea) Recipe
1/2 – 1 handful of Roasted Corn (use more or less according to how strong you like it)
A small pot full of water
1. Add a handful of roasted corn into your pot full of water.
2. Boil for 10-15 minutes until it becomes golden brown. You can start drinking now!
3. Let the pot sit with the lid on for an hour or so. The longer you let it sit on a warm surface, the stronger the flavor will be. Enjoy!
You don’t need to wait for the water to boil before adding the roasted corn kernels. Just drop them in right away and bring to a boil.
You’ll see that water begins to darken as the cha is brewed.
Enjoy your oksoosoo-cha on a cold winter day!