Korean Strawberry Milk is our favourite berry beverage to sip in the summer.
Our quick & easy Korean Strawberry Milk recipe is an homage to the popular creamy and fruity drinks sold in cafes and brunch restaurants throughout Korea.
This Strawberry Milk recipe features finely chopped fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry syrup, cold milk and whipped cream.
We love making Strawberry Milk when fresh berries are in season in the summer. Kids love the drink as do adults looking for a caffeine free beverage at breakfast. The red and white colour of the drink makes it a great fit for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.
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What Is Korean Strawberry Milk?
Korean strawberries are an icon of South Korean culinary culture, popular both internationally and locally for their sweet flavour, fragrant aroma and juicy fruit.
Strawberries are known in Korea as the King of Winter Fruits, with the berry being harvested in abundance throughout the winter season via greenhouses.
Strawberry Milk is a popular drink in South Korea and Japan, often served in cafes and brunch restaurants. Korean strawberry milk is different from regular strawberry milk because it’s made entirely of real strawberries and not a homogenous blended product. No artificial colours or flavours are used and no high fructose corn syrup processed strawberry syrup either!
The defining characteristic of Korean strawberry milk is the fresh chunks of strawberries that are added. Finely minced fresh strawberries offer a unique texture when sipping.
A homemade strawberry syrup is also prepared, with either fresh or frozen strawberries. The syrup is gently simmered until slightly thickened.
Strawberry Milk recipes typically feature dairy milk and can be ordered with nonfat milk, 2% milk or creamier whole milk.
You can prepare vegan Strawberry Milk by substituting dairy milk with your favourite alternative like soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk or oat milk.
Travel to Korea by Making Strawberry Milk at Home
I love traveling through Asia.
As a professional food and travel writer I’ve eaten my way through India, Maldives, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
My first visit to Asia had me living in South Korea for a year as an English teacher. That’s when I was first introduced to yummy fermented vegetables like kimchi.
In Korea, I’ve sipped a version of this fresh strawberry milk recipe at cafes in Seoul, Suwon, Busan, Samcheok, Jeju and even the North Korean DMZ.
My first time tasting Korean Strawberry Milk was almost immediately after getting off the plane in Seoul. I spent my first week in Korea attending intensive teacher training classes. Whenever we’d break for lunch they’d serve premade bottles of Strawberry Milk with a selection of soda, noodles, bulgogi, bibimbap and banchan.
In Seoul, you’ll find bottles of strawberry milk neatly lined up at boutique cafes. The drink is pretty expensive, typically selling for $7-8 a bottle.
That’s why we love making this strawberry milk recipe at home, it’s a lot more affordable!
Where To Sip Korean Strawberry Milk
If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Korean grocery store, cafe or restaurant that serves their own unique strawberry milk recipe.
In Toronto, popular Korean restaurants that may prepare a homemade strawberry milk recipe include Doma, Korean Village Restaurant, Arisu, Charcoal and Salt, Koko Share Bar, The Owl of Minerva, Seoul Shakers, Té Restaurant, Barrio Coreano, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Tofu Village and Korea House.
My Family Loves Strawberry Milk
My parents flew to Asia to visit me on holiday during my 12 months in Seoul. Before landing at Incheon they visited Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan.
They had never been to a Korean restaurant at home in Oakville before so every dish was a delight and surprise to their taste buds.
It’s no secret that my dad is a picky eater so I was a little nervous about him finding commonplace menu items like raw fish, spicy soup and fatty samgyeopsal to be unappealing.
I knew my parents would fall in love with Strawberry Milk! We grew up in Muskoka where wild berries grow throughout the summer. We’d go on canoe trips to pluck and harvest organic blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
We like to bake and shake cocktails with fresh strawberries. Here are some of our favourite strawberry recipes:
- Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail
- Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins
- Jordgubbstårta Recipe: Gluten Free Swedish Strawberry Meringue Cake
- Rhubarb Strawberry Dutch Baby German Pancakes
- Rhubarb Muffins with Strawberry Cream Cheese
This yummy homemade Strawberry Milk recipe is quick and easy to make at home.
- We like to use whole milk when preparing Korean Strawberry Milk as it has a creamier mouth feel. You can use whatever dairy milk you prefer, or make vegan Korean Strawberry Milk with alternatives like oat milk, almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk.
- You can exclusively use fresh strawberries in the recipe or a mixture of frozen and fresh. The finely chopped strawberry must be fresh but the strawberry syrup can be prepared with frozen berries.
- We prepare the strawberry syrup in a small pot on the stove but you could also use a microwave.
- If you’re serving this strawberry milk recipe at a special celebration add a tuft of whipped cream to each glass for eye appeal.
Our homemade Korean Strawberry Milk recipe is packed full of wholesome ingredients!
Strawberries protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. Packed with vitamins, fibre, and particularly high levels of antioxidants.
Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
What To Serve with Strawberry Milk
Korean Strawberry Milk is our favourite drink to serve in the summer when the berry is in peak season across Canada.
We often serve this strawberry milk recipe instead of orange or grapefruit juice at a celebratory breakfast or brunch. It also makes for a healthy(ish) dessert drink when topped with whipped cream.
If you’re hosting a special brunch menu to celebrate Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day the red and white drink is an ideal option. It’s a great drink to celebrate Canada Day!
If you’re hosting breakfast or brunch for friends or family you may also enjoy serving Korean Strawberry Milk with:
- Gluten Free Chickpea Flour Indian Pancakes
- Salsa de Huevo Vegetarian Mexican Scrambled Eggs
- Healthy Baked Keto Pork Sausage Stuffed Apples
- Southern Smoked Baked Beans with Bacon
- Blueberry Lemon Muffin Tops
- Vegan Buckwheat Gluten Free Porridge
- Sourdough French Toast Recipe
- Frozen Eggo Waffles In Air Fryer
- Kardemummabullar Swedish Cardamom Buns
- Healthy Breakfast Polenta Bowl
- Blueberry Mango Crepes with Coconut Flour
- Banana Oat Flour Pancakes
- Chocolate Cherry Pancakes with Ricotta
- Baileys French Toast Recipe
- Healthy Morning Glory Bread
You May Also Enjoy These Korean and Japanese Recipes…
- Japanese Beef Yaki Udon Noodle Stir Fry
- Healthy Japanese Vegan Miso Soba Noodles
- Easy Japanese Ponzu Chicken Stir Fry
- Osaka Okonomiyaki Japanese Cabbage Pancake
- Korean Beef Bulgogi Noodles
- Sangchu Geotjeori Sweet and Sour Korean Lettuce Salad
- Crispy Vegan Pan Fried Korean Tofu Recipe
- Buchimgae Buchu-Jeon Korean Chive Pancake Recipe
- Spicy Gukbap Korean Rice & Beef Soup
- Spicy Pork Bibimbap Recipe
- Baked Korean Gochujang Chicken Wings
- Peanut and Sesame Noodle Bowl with Korean BBQ Pork and Pickles
- Korean Ssamjang Chicken Kimchi Nachos
How To Make Homemade Korean Strawberry Milk
Korean Strawberry Milk
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Blender or Food Processor
- Small Pot
- Spatula or Wooden Spoon
- 1 cup Frozen Strawberries thawed
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 3/4 cup Fresh Strawberries 1 cm dice
- 2 cups Whole Milk
- 1/2 cup Whipped Cream
- Puree the thawed frozen strawberries in a blender or food processor.
- In a small pot, add the strawberry puree, sugar, and a third of the cut strawberry pieces. Heat until it comes to a boil. Let simmer for 1 minute, turn off the heat, and let it cool to room temperature.
- Take two 16 ounce glasses and add half of the cooled strawberry puree and half of the remaining cut strawberry pieces into each glass. Pour half of the milk into each glass and serve immediately. Top with whipped cream.
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