If you happened to grab some patbingsu this past summer, you might have noticed a dash of brown powder sprinkled on top. No, it wasn’t sugar. That, my friends, was actually misutgaru!
Misutgaru (미숫가루) translates to “roasted rice powder.” It is made from steamed rice, grains like barley or beans, and other nuts that have been dried, roasted, and then ground. Misutgaru is typically mixed with cold water in order to create a healthy drink that has a nutty taste and slightly grainy texture. Just think of misutgaru as the Korean equivalent of horchata.