Huangjiu To Boba Tea: 6 Popular Chinese Drinks
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China is a very diverse country, and its food landscape is full of different techniques and multiple ingredients for cooking food. Food is a very big part of the cultural identity of Chinese people, which is why a lot of traditional cooking practices and recipes have been sustained through the evolving taste palettes of people. 

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The beverage industry of China is as diverse as the food industry. People in China like to sip different types of herbal teas, tempting shakes, and fermented drinks. Each of these drinks has some or other historical legend associated with it and is consumed on special festivals and occasions. All these different types of drinks together weave the enticing beverage tapestry of China. Here is a look at some of the most popular Chinese drinks.

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* Huangjiu

Huangjiu is the Chinese version of rice wine. Fermented drinks are extremely popular in China, and the natives have been brewing different types of grains like wheat, rice, and millet to make wine and beer. Huangjiu is a testament to the rich culture of China and is a drink that boosts multiple layers of flavours. The drink is specifically popular in the Jiangnan area of China. It is made by fermenting rice with wheat and yeast. It is believed that the drink was invented by a person called Du Kang at least 3000 years ago.

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* Suanmeitang

Suanmeitang simply means Plum juice. This is a very popular drink in China, especially during the hot months of summer. What makes this drink special is the fact that it is made from pickled plums and not regular plums. This is a sweet and sour drink which is perfect for people who do not like excessively sweet drinks. The popularity of this drink can be attributed to the fact that it's so refreshing and instantly makes one feel better. The invention of this drink dates back to at least 1000 years ago, during the Song Dynasty.

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* Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum tea is a type of Chinese tea that has a floral aroma and a very subtle level of sweetness. Made from the chrysanthemum flowers, it is also infused with different types of Chinese herbs that make it a very relaxing drink. Generally, this drink is consumed hot, and it is believed that it infuses a cooling effect on the body. As per a study published in the journal Molecules in 2023, this tea made from Chrysanthemum can also help lower cholesterol levels in the body because of being high in antioxidants and being anti-bacterial. It may also help people have a better sleep cycle and reduce stress.

* Boba Tea

Also called Bubble Tea, Boba Tea has become a big sensation in India and the rest of the world. It is a flavourful synthesis of milk with some chewy tapioca balls. The tea is generally available in different flavours like mango, peach, chocolate, butterscotch, and a lot more. It is an amalgamation of different types of colours, textures, and tastes. The appearance of this drink is one of its major USPs. Taste-wise, the drink is also pretty decent. The drink is native to the Taiwan region of China and was invented during the early 1980s.

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* Xinjiang Black Bear

Xinjian black Beer is a very famous beer from the northwestern part of China. It has a very strong flavour. This weakness of this drink resembles very much the taste of brown sugar. The drink has a pungent, not aroma that can be recognised even from a far distance. It is also called Sinkiang black beer. People like to combine this drink with different types of dishes in the Xinjiang meal, which consists of various dishes like Chinese grilled potatoes, Xinjiang lamb burgers, Da Pan Ji and many more.

* Tieguanyin

Tieguanyin is a popular drink in China that originated in the Fujian province in the early 19th century. It is  extremely rich in antioxidants, and numerous studies have shown its health benefits. As per the journal Foods published in 2022, Tieguanyin is high in amino acids and soluble proteins. People in China like to drink this tea as it helps in improving cardiovascular health and is also considered a great way to minimise the risk of cancer. Some people also believe that it sharpens memory and cognitive functions. The taste of this tea is described as very fresh and has some similar notes to that of green beans. The aftertaste is a bit sweet.