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Korean Ginger Tea (Saenggang Cha)

Healthy and soothing Korean ginger tea (Saenggang cha) recipe!
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A few days ago, my husband was coughing a lot and he said he had a sore throat and mucus. I am not a doctor, but he thinks I can fix him. 🙂 He basically doesn’t trust modern medicine and loves oriental treats so much. So I made this Korean ginger tea (Saenggang Cha, 생강차) for him.

Korean ginger tea has a warm character, so it helps blood circulation and keeps your hands and feet warm. It also helps stop coughing and clears mucus. Though oriental doctors recommend not to drink it if you have a fever.

And this is what my husband thinks of the tea. “This is my favourite drink. It helps sooth my throat, and is very relaxing.”

Hope you like it too!

P.S. If you like this recipe, you might also like these Korean tea recipes. Korean Cinnamon Punch and Korean Ginseng Tea

Ingredients for Korean Ginger Tea (Yield 1.5 L of tea)

ginger tea ingredients
  • 80 g fresh ginger, skin peeled and thinly sliced
  • 20g cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cups water
  • Some pine nuts (optional, add just before you serve the tea)
  • 1 tsp honey (optional, add just before you serve the tea)

 

ginger tea cooking

How to Make Korean Ginger Tea

  1. Put the ginger, cinnamon, and water into a pot. Boil it on medium to medium low heat for about 25-30 minutes.
  2. Sieve the ginger and cinnamon. (Use a white straining cloth if you can, to catch the small dirt from the cinnamon)
  3. Serve. (Optionally, you can also garnish some pine nuts and taste it with honey.)
ginger tea

Above ingredients give me more than 1.5 L of tea. And, this is how I keep the rest. My husband just reheats a little amount of tea whenever he drinks it – 2 times a day.

ginger tea in a bottle

 


Korean Ginger Tea (Saenggang Cha)

How to Make Korean Ginger Tea (Saenggang Cha)
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Korean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 7 to 8
Calories: 19kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 80 g fresh ginger , skin peeled and thinly sliced
  • 20 g cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cups water
  • Some pine nuts (optional, add just before you serve the tea)
  • 1 tsp honey (optional, add just before you serve the tea)

Instructions

  • Put the ginger, cinnamon, and water into a pot. Boil it on medium to medium low heat for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Sieve the ginger and cinnamon. (Use a white straining cloth if you can, to catch the small dirt from the cinnamon)
  • Serve. (Optionally, you can also garnish some pine nuts and taste it with honey.)

Nutrition

Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0.2% | Vitamin C: 0.7% | Calcium: 3.9% | Iron: 1.7%
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

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23 thoughts on “Korean Ginger Tea (Saenggang Cha)”

  1. Is this recipe also good for nausea during pregnancy ? I have very bad nausea and I’m so tired of it and I feel weak because everything I eat comes back up or even before I web swallow it I rather just spit it out because I know it will do me wrong 🙁 I’m going crazy and I don’t know what to do please help and my doc dosnt get back untill 2 more days

    • I used this when I was really nauseated and it helped a ton. However the ginger can be really strong I mixed in about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of honey to sweeten the whole batch and then refrigerated it. Hope this helps and I hope you feel better.

  2. Hi I was given some korean red insam bean jelly. Actually quit alot of it. Can you tell what it is good for and how to prepare it? Can I make a hot drink or just eat it? Please help me I want to use it, but not sure how and what it’s purpose is.

    Thank you,
    Greg Dennis

  3. I am interested in finding this tea in a pre mixed version since I am not very good at making this kind of thing and itb sounds like something bthat might help my throat. Is there a mail order or something like that? i live in Vernon , Connecticut , USA . I like Korean Food but am not aware of anything Korean in this area.

    Thank You,

    Carlos M Ortis

  4. I had this last nite at a local korean restaurant.. fell in lvoe with it.. and i wanted to do it myself.. I knew that i can find that recipe here… thanx yeah

  5. Hi Jerry,

    I think you meant “Gyepicha”. Gyepi is the cinnamon.
    Have you tried a Korean grocery shop yet? I tried online Korean grocery shops based in the US, but I couldn’t find it.

    My recipe for cinnamon tea is very similar to the post above, yet it is not powdered. (I will do the cinnamon tea post in the future though)

    I hope other readers can help you.

  6. hi

    i am searching for the powdered cinnamon drink i love so much. its pure cinnamon with maybe some sugar, and i have a photo of the label if anyone wants it. its the kind you can put in pine nuts with, its just cinnamon not the kind with
    persimmon, i thought somone said its called ‘pi cha’ [pi tea] but there is no tea just cinnamon.

    does anyone know where it can be bought in america or canada ?

    warm thanks
    jerry
    email me directly at ; greggregbo@yahoo.com

  7. ZenKimchi
    My husband and I visited Australia recently, and would you believe it, we forgot to bring back any of the spices we had meant to get. No worries though, like you said, I can get most of them here anyway.

    Kangmi
    That’s right, I use cinnamon bark, not ground cinnamon. I always use the freshest or more natural ingredient if possible.

  8. When I was packing, I didn’t know what would and wouldn’t be available. Since I’m a food nerd, I packed herbs and spices just in case I couldn’t find them here. I have since found in Korean stores most of what I packed except cloves, allspice, and Texas chili powder. Oh, and Old Bay Seasoning–which is a form of currency for foreigners from the Gulf Coast.

  9. I love 생강차! Great tea for the holidays.

    And, yeah, I brought a small package of stick cinnamon with me from America when I first came here almost three years ago. I still haven’t used it all. Yet it’s good to know I can find it fairly easily at the big box supercenters.

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