Discover Korean Food #28: Dr. Sook-Ja Yoon’s "Omija-hwachae", Omija Punch

Omija-hwachae is omija punch blended with omija liquid and honey or sugar, and garnished with carved pear. Omija-hwachae is a cold drink that is typically enjoyed in the summer. It has a beautiful color and is high in organic acids which are good for relieving physical fatigue and quenching thirst.

[Ingredients & Quantity]
20 g (1/5cups) Omija , 400 g (2 cups) water
36 g (3 tbsp) sugar
38 g (2 tbsp) honey
125 g (¼ ea) pear
3.5 g (1 tsp) pine nuts

[Preparation]
1. Wash the Omija, remove foreign elements, drain water on a strainer.
2. Add water to the Omija and let it sit for 12 hours.
3. Remove tops of pine nuts, wipe the nuts with dry cotton cloths.

[Recipe]
1. When the Omija soaked fully, filter through cotton cloths (352 g).
2. Add sugar and honey to the Omija water.
3. Peel the pear and slice it into 0.2 cm-thick, carve them into pear flower shape (60 g).
4. Put the Omija water into a punch bowl, topping with pear and pine nuts.

*Seasonal fruits will be suitable for the season.

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