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i'm not sure this belongs in home cooking, but maybe someone will have the answer here.

my local sushi place makes this delicious barley tea in the winter time. it's very pale in color and smells sort of like warm breakfast cereal, in a good way. it's slighlty like genmai cha, but without the green tea element.

where does one purchase this? they have told me there that they toast and they boil barley, but i know i won't do that at home.

has anyone heard of this delicious drink? how can i make it?

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  1. The barley I've purchased for making tea I've gotten at Asian markets -- Korean, Chinese, or Japanese grocery stores. It does require stove top cooking (at least the kind I've gotten). Steeping barley, as you would regular tea, produces a very weak brew. Simmering it on the stove top is necesssary for a deeper, richer taste. In the , stash the brew in the refrigerator -- very refreshing!

    (My avatar is our hound, Barley -- named for the kernels that were sitting on our kitchen counter when we were trying to think of a name for our brand new mutt).

    1. FYI, barley tea in Japan is called "Mugi-cha". Maybe, you can find instant tea bags of this at your local Asian/Japanese shop. It's usually served cold in summer, and doesn't contain caffeine.

      1. Purchased from my local Korean market it comes in "tea" bags that make a quart which can be brewed either hot or cold brew per their instructions. My box brand name is "House" and is a product of Japan. The ingredient list is "barley, rye"

        1. my mom does a mix of roasted corn and roasted barley tea. we find them both in big bags at the korean grocery.

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          1. re: soypower

            I have a friend who makes roasted corn tea all winter. I've been meaning to try it, it sounds really interesting.

            1. re: soypower

              to clarify, the bags of roasted corn tea and roasted barley tea contain nothing more than the roasted corn - which looks like brown cornnuts, and roasted barley - which looks like...roasted barley. for some reason though, the bags always say tea on them. :o)

            2. This is easy to find at the Asian market, I've never bothered with tea bags because it's easy enough without. But I do buy the barley already roasted, while some roast it at home.

              This is a fabulous beverage for babies. My son (born in Korea) was given this from the time he was an infant so I learned to make it for him when he came home around 4 months. He was a remarkably strong and healthy child and never had any digestive problems. In fact at age five, he still has never thrown up. (And not that I've written that I'm sure to be spending the night with a sick child!!)

              Bori cha (Toasted barley tea) recipe

              Ingredients: 1/4 cup toasted bo ri (barley)
              4 cups water

              In a cattle, add cold water and barley.
              Bring to a boil, reduce to medium, boil for 10 minutes.
              Serve as is.
              Or let cool.
              Put it in a refrigerator.
              Serve cold

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              1. re: Kater

                are you just toasting regular barley by heating it in a saucepan? or in an oven? or. . .

                1. re: orangewasabi

                  I'm not, I'm just buying roasted barley in a big bag! But now I feel guilty for not roasting my own.

                  But if you want to roast your own you can just do it on top of the stove in a shallow pan - don't forget to stir it.

                  P.S. no cattle were harmed in that recipe, I should have checked before the cut and paste. They mean kettle of course! You can do it in an actual kettle or just boil it in a pot.