Cheong (food)

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Cheong
Yujacha (yuja tea).jpg
a jar of yuja-cheong
Place of origin Korea
Similar dishes syrup, fruit preserve, marmalade
Cookbook: Cheong  Media: Cheong
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization cheong
McCune–Reischauer ch'ŏng
IPA [tɕʰʌŋ]

Cheong (; ) is a name for various sweetened foods in the form of syrups, marmalades, and fruit preserves. In Korean cuisine, cheong is used as a tea base, as a honey-or-sugar-substitute in cooking, as a condiment, and also as an alternative medicine to treat the common cold and other minor illnesses.[1][2][3]

Originally, the word cheong (; ) was used to refer to honey in Korean royal court cuisine.[4] The name jocheong (조청; 造淸; "crafted honey") was given to mullyeot (liquid-form yeot) and other human-made honey-substitutes.[5][6] Now, honey is rarely called cheong in Korean, but is instead called kkul (), which is the native (non-Sino-Korean) name for honey. The name kkul was used in the past, outside the royal court.

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