YooJaCha or Citron Tea is made by thinly slicing YooJa fruit and combining it with honey or sugar. It is then preserved in jars and can be taken out from the refrigerator anytime to use. To prepare scoop a table spoon of the prepared mixture (should be in jelly form), put it into a cup and add hot water. Kaboom! Easy peasy!
So when do you actually drink this? This tea is actually beneficial for colds, headaches, and child as it is packed with Vitamin C hence, this can also prevent colds and fatigue in the future! YooJaCha can also bring down fevers, soothe inflammation of throats and coughs, treat alcohol poisoning and aid digestion. Drink up everyone, ill or not!
YookgaeJang is spicy beef soup made up of shredded beef, green onions, and other healthy ingredients such as bean sprouts and bracken fern. Due to the healthy ingredients added and spiciness, it helps clear out your sinuses and cleans your liver, making it a great meal when you have a cold or suffering from a hangover.
By steaming Asian pears for about 15 minutes you can try adding honey with it and eat it with a spoon. This simple method can help heal cough and sore throat symptoms rather than suppressing it. By eating this 2 to 3 times a day you can quickly notice a significant difference in recovery.
Maesilcha is basically Plum Tea made by marinating plums with honey or sugar and is then diluted with cold water. It is best served chilled during the summer and is often served after a heavy meal. Despite being a cool refreshing drink, it actually treats stomach aches and aids digestion. Experiencing serious cases of indigestion and unpleasant toilet trips? Put the pills away and have a dose of chilled Maesilcha!
Seolleongtang is made by simmering parts of bones, head, and meat of an ox for many many many many hours (like literally, a long time). The milky broth is then served in a bowl with noodles or rice (your preference). This broth is packed with amino acids and calcium which helps energize the body and aid digestion. The broth is also very rich in collagen from the bones hence it is also great for your skin.
Gomtang is made by boiling beef brisket, tripe, entrails, and oxtail for many hours. Many people struggle distinguishing between Gomtang and Seolleongtang, but Gomtang is more transparent, oily, and more flavourful. Gomtang is perfect in the Winter when you need to warm up the body, and it is a broth where it gives the body a big energy boost.
Galbitang is a broth made by simmering beef ribs and radish for about 4-5 hours. Nowadays different variations can be made by adding ginseng, jujube, or pine nuts to add more of medicinal qualities. Due to high concentrations of amino acids, vitamins, and iron it is widely recognized for its effects of preventing anemia…
..or you can just eat it just for its awesome taste.
Ogokbap is a bowl of steamed rice containing 5 types of healthy and nutritional grains. A long time ago Koreans did not eat enough nutritional food during the Winter season as there wasn’t much food available. To prepare for these problems, Koreans used to prepare dried grains before the winter season to increase the nutritional value of their meals. Due to its high nutritional value and low calories it is known as the ‘diet food’ in Korea. Furthermore it is known to reduce high blood pressure and benefits people suffering from diabetes.
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