Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Let's talk Alcohol...

If you know anything about Korea you might be aware they like to drink a lot, so, why don't we talk a little bit about Korea's Alcoholic Beverages!


The most known being Soju.... yup, we have all seen or drank that green small bottle, that innocent looking bottle is the Favorite alcoholic drink among Koreans. It's clear like Vodka and is made from distilling fermented marsh of rice or sweet potatoes, Soju is CHEAP and available at most Korean restaurant and convenience stores. Soju goes well with everything raw fish, Barbecued meats and spicy food.


This is commonly referred to as the "Liquor of the common people", it has the longest history among Korean liquors and was highly popular among farmers. Makgeolli is made with fermented sweet rice, it looks like a very creamy milk and has a sweet/sour taste, the algocol content is very low and it also contains nutrients. Makgeolli goes well in Jeon (Korean Pancakes).

That's exactly the one I tried in Jeonju!

Moju is a sweet and AMAZING beverage from Jeonju, I'm not quite sure you can find it anywhere else, but if you get a chance to try it DO IT!!, Moju is made by boiling Makgeolli with 8 medicinal herbs (Ginger, Jujube, Licorice root, Ginseng, Arrowroot and Cinammon Powder, I found the Cinammon being the strongest flavour when I tried it and I loved it, the level of alcohol is really low in Moju so don't worry about getting drunk ;)


Insamju is a liquor made with Insam (Premium Korean Ginseng), and Koreans believe that liquor made with Medicinal herbs has health benefits if it's consumed daily in small portions over a long period of time (Why not!!), Insamju bottles usually come with a root inside and is one of the most popular souvenirs among foreigner visitors in Korea, Insamju goes well with Fruit, Samgyetang or Rice snacks.


This liquor is made with small, green plums that are matured for at least 5 years and is one of Korea's most popular fruit wine, the alcohol content is also very low and goes well with Bulgogi, grilled fish or sushi, I had it with Samgyetang and it was very good.

What's your favorite Korean Drink?

-Gisela V.

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