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Ginseng Tea (Insam Cha)

Easy Korean ginseng tea recipe!

Ginseng tea

It is nearly winter. The season has changed quite suddenly in Korea. Due to this sudden change my husband got sick again. His sickness is kind of a seasonal event I need to go through, lucky I am not as weak as him. 🙂

I bought some ginseng to make some tea for him and it seem to work well.

Ginseng (Insam, 인삼) is quite expensive even in Korea, I bought 2 roots of ginseng – 106 g for 6,360 won (US $6.70) It was 6000 won per 100g.

The Main Benefits of Ginseng

  1. Improving the immune system.
  2. Relaxing the nervous system.
  3. Recovering strength.

Ingredients for Ginseng Tea (Serves 10)

Ginseng and Chinese dates
  • 50 g  ginseng (I used fresh ginseng, not dried ginseng)
  • dried jujube
  • 2.5 L water (Apparently you need 500ml of water per every 10g of ginseng, so you can adjust it yourself)
  • 1 tsp honey (per 1 cup of tea)

How to Make Ginseng Tea

1. Rinse the ginseng, scrub the dirt with a cloth as needed.
2. Rinse the dried jujube.
3. Put the water into a pot. Add the ginseng and Chinese dates.

Ginseng tea before boiling

4. Boil/Simmer it on low heat for 20-25 minutes.

Ginseng tea after boiling
5. Serve.

How to Serve Ginseng Tea

  1. Put the honey in a cup/mug.
  2. Scoop or pour the ginseng boiled water in.
  3. Hold the ginseng with tongs and cut the ginseng and Chinese dates with scissors. (I cut 3 small pieces of ginseng and 1/2 a Chinese date for 1 cup of tea, so you can make about 10 cups of tea)
  4. Stir it with a tea spoon and drink it. (You can feel that your body is warming up within 1 minute.)
Giseng tea 2

Since I boiled 2.5 L of tea, I reboiled several times to finish it up. (It gave me about 10 cups of tea total)

By the way, ginseng isn’t good for everyone. People who have warm character body type according to “Sasang constitutional medicine” need to be more careful taking it. I am one of those people, so I don’t have ginseng. So I recommend you consult with a herbal (oriental) doctor first before you take ginseng.


Ginseng Tea (Insam Cha)

How to make Korean ginseng tea
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Korean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 22kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 50 g ginseng (I used fresh ginseng not dried ginseng)
  • 5 dried jujube
  • 2.5 L water (Apparently you need 500ml of water per every 10g of ginseng, so you can adjust it yourself)
  • 1 tsp honey (per 1 cup of tea)

Instructions

  • Rinse the ginseng, scrub the dirt with a cloth as needed.
  • Rinse the dried jujube.
  • Put the water into a pot. Add the ginseng and Chinese dates.
  • Boil/Simmer it on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 8mg
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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8 thoughts on “Ginseng Tea (Insam Cha)”

  1. Hi Sue! 🙂
    A friend of mine gave me koryo insam from kaesong insam factory.
    there are five pieces of incredibly hard rock ginger.

    I have no clue what to do with it… is too hard to even cut it
    can you help me?
    thanks
    alvaro

    • I have no idea what types of your ginseng might be. I only dealt with fresh ginseng, which I was able to cut through all the time. Did you try to eat it at all? Is it sweetened by any chance?

  2. Someone from Korea gave me a 6 packages of Korean Honey Insam. What do I do with it. The pieces are dark red and whole like a carrot. They seem tough.
    Please send receipes.

  3. Hai,
    I just happened to note your page and it is quite interesting as myself I am tea manufacturuer and exporter and I make all these exotic teas.

    Tell me this ginseng can we make it into fine cut pieces dried and will it maintain its properties???

    lett me know please. Thanks and if you wish to know anything about Ceylon Tea Please ask me.

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