Recipe for japanese tea (ocha) in our easy ethnic recipes collection. Ever since the ninth century A.D., the japanese have been drinking tea. A filled teapot stands on japanese tables during every meal. A cup of tea is also often enjoyed during any conversation, business or social. Although the japanese drink many varieties of tea, loose green japanese tea is still the most popular. It is always drunk plain, without milk, sugar, or lemon.
(*) Iced mugi cha, or roasted barley tea, is a popular summer drink in Japan. Most specialty grocery stores carry mugi cha, either loose or in tea bags. If loose, use 2 tablespoons barley per 1 cup water and bring to a boil in a teapot. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes. Strain with a sieve and chill before serving. If using tea bags, follow brewing directions on package.
Cooking time: 15 minutes