Misugaru latte is perhaps the next triumphant Asian drink that will conquer the food world stage since Boba tea and Matcha latte! If you’re looking for something new that is affordable, healthy and tasty to shake up your recipes, this is it.
In recent years, this Korean superfood has received much attention due to its high nutrition and simplicity as a drink. Online today, we found many Kpop stars and Asian celebrities adopting this Korean multigrain shake as part of their diet plan.
Intrigued? Read on to learn everything you need to know about this meal replacement drink. By the end of this article, we promise you will be more than ready to make and enjoy this Korean wonder drink at home!
What is it?
Misugaru (미수가루) or misutgaru (미숫가루) is a traditional Korean powder made of glutinous rice and a mix of other natural grains such as barley, oats, quinoa, brown rice, and soybean.
Besides these common grains, the powder mix may also include sweet rice, millet, lentils, adzuki beans, sesame seeds, and many more. Some drinks may even contain up to 20 grains! It is usually added into water to be drunk as a meal replacement.
It sounds hard to swallow and one might think it would give out a bland taste. However, this superfood has a unique nutty, almost like a peanut butter flavour. Beverages made with Korean multi grain powder are often sweet and aromatic.
The making of this superfood involves a three-step process of picking a combination of grains, roasting or steaming them, and then grinding them. Basically, a variety of grains are roasted or steamed and ground into fine drink powder.
Why is it popular?
It can be consumed in various forms but it is popularly used as a mix to make beverages such as lattes, coffees and smoothies. Adding dalgona (honeycomb toffee) whip to the drink is also a common menu item in Korea.
The misugaru diet is popular among Koreans as the Korean multigrain shake can be the go-to beverage to lose weight. Not only it is tasty and nutritious, but a serving of multigrain mix with milk can also keep you full for a long time without consuming excess calories. Similar to the Inkigayo sandwich, misugaru is also known to be popular among K-pop stars.
While adults often enjoy the drink mixed with coffee, many Korean students would also opt for the caffeine-free milk latte. It acts as an instant breakfast when they rush to school or as a refreshing after school drink. During the sizzling summer, it is often served cold with ice.
Is Misutgaru Healthy?
You might question whether the whole misugaru weight loss trick is effective. When a food item sounds too good to be true, it is only natural to question whether it is truly a healthy meal.
Undeniably, it does sound like a drink full of “carbs”. However, the meal replacement drink is indeed healthy.
Aside from being naturally caffeine-free and filling, there are many more benefits this nutritious concoction can offer. In fact, it is packed with protein, omega-3, fibre, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, folate, selenium and magnesium.
Not to mention that despite being a delicious drink, a typical misugaru drink only contains about a hundred calories! With that being said, you can have it at any time guilt-free.
Where to buy it?
In Korea, this meal replacement drink can be bought from Korean rice cake stores and local bakeries.
Bangyudang, a roastery located in Gwangju, is known to be one of the best misugaru brands in Korea. However, since there are a number of local grain roasters, it is common for Koreans to bring their choice of grains to their local roastery for a custom multigrain mix.
These days, the Korean multigrain shake can also be bought online unless you prefer the traditional way of purchasing it from your local Korean grocery store.
Instant vs Pure
If you are new to the taste of misu drink, you might want to try out the instant version first before fully committing to pure multi grain powder.
The difference between the two is that instant powder contains added sugars whereas pure misugaru, like the name itself, is free from them.
Instant Powder (Damtuh Brand), 15 Multi Mixed Grain Powder
Pure Misutgaru (Chilkab Brand) Mixed Roasted Grain Powder
How to drink or eat Misu?
It is typically used to make coffee or latte but there are a number of other ways to enjoy it.
Those who intend to incorporate the multigrain powder as a part of their fitness meal plan would usually make protein shakes with it. On a sunny day, a glass of the nutty Korean shake would be the perfect refreshment.
Most Korean dessert cafes would also sprinkle the multigrain powder on top of patbingsu or other desserts as a topping.
Speaking of desserts, misugaru ice cream can also be made and enjoyed! Some bakers have also used it as a baking ingredient to make sweet yet nutritious baked goods such as cookies.
It is safe to say that you can have it any way you like and there are tons of misu recipes to come up with; the possibilities are endless.
How to make Misugaru Latte
There is no fixed recipe so there is plenty of room for creativity and experimentation in making your personal misutgaru latte.
However, the classic way to make it is to add a scoop or two of powder with honey into a cup of milk. There is nothing too extraordinary or fancy required. it should be as simple as making your usual cup of latte.
Basically, you can enjoy it with;
- Some plain water
- Cold or hot milk
- Some coffee powder
- Ice cubes
- Sugar or honey
- Whipped cream on top
Most lattes prepared in Korea are mixed with sugar or honey but you can also opt for other sweeteners such as condensed milk, sugar syrup and cinnamon.
Feeling a little fancy? Then, a misugaru dalgona whip might be a great idea instead of these typical sweeteners.
It is worth noting that mixed grain powder does not dissolve easily and has the tendency to clump.
Regardless of however much of it, you are using, it is recommended to pour a small amount of water or milk into it first. Then, stir it until the mixture turns into a muddy paste before adding the rest of your milk or water.
Although it’s not necessary, you can definitely save yourself from all the hassle by using a blender or a shaker bottle instead.
Misugaru latte is commonly served with ice as it is best served cold but you can definitely make it into a hot beverage.
Another tip is that if you’re drinking it with milk, it is best to use honey as a sweetener. Otherwise, we recommend opting for sugar when you’re having it with plain water.
Misugaru Latte | Korean Multigrain Shake
- 2-3 tablespoon pure misugaru powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1-2 tablespoon honey
- ice cubes optional
- Add the mixed grain powder into a cup or a bottle.
- Add a small amount of milk or water. Stir it until the mixture turns into a paste. Mix it until it is no longer clumpy. Then, add the remaining milk or water.
- Add your preferred sweetener and ice cubes.
- If you use a blender or shaker, mix all the ingredients and blend till thoroughly mixed.
- If you are planning to have your latte with a dalgona whip, you can create your misugaru latte with no sweetener as dalgona whip is usually sweet.
- If you are looking to reduce calories, then use water instead of milk. Reduce the amount of sweetener added too.
- You can substitute honey for any sweetener of choice e.g. sugar, condensed milk, syrup etc.
Calories have been calculated using an online calculator. Nutritional information offered on Honest Food Talks is for general information purposes and are only rough estimations.
As mentioned, this Korean powdered shake is a versatile drink that can be paired with many different ingredients to make it more exciting. Here is a video by 예진리_YeJinLee where she prepares two cups of powdered drink using a shaker. She then adds a shot of espresso in one cup and topped off the other with some cereal.
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