Popular Korean Rice Wine: Makgeolli (막걸리)!

My korean friend brought us to a cosy little restaurant in Myeongdong for a typical Korean dinner on our first night in Seoul. However, it wasn’t really the “typical Korean dinner”, for Singaporeans at least 😛

It was through this dinner that I finally had a chance to taste the popular Korean rice wine Makgeolli (막걸리). I love it! ^^

Makgeolli ("Korean rice wine")

This brand is supposed the most popular Makgeolli brand in Korea now, & I think I know why it’s popular hehe. It’s sweet with some alcoholic taste, thus not too bitter. According to Wikipedia, it is an alcoholic beverage native to Korea. It is made from a mixture of wheat and rice which gives it a milky, off-white color, and sweetness, and contains about 6.5–7% alcohol. It was originally quite popular among farmers, earning it the name nongju (농주 / 農酒), which means “farmer liquor”. However, it has recently started to become more popular in cities, especially with the younger generation. Not sure why, but I also read in many blogs/ online articles that Makgeolli is best drunk on a rainy day while eating Pajeon (파전) / “Korean pancake”.

No wonder my Korean friend ordered a big plate of variety of Korean pancakes (모든전) to go with this rice wine hehe. Really good match of food & wine!


We ordered this plate of mixed pancakes that uses meat, vegetables, tofu etc to mix with the flour/ egg batter and panfried. It was great having this appetizer for our dinner. 🙂 Frankly I was somewhat full just eating this dish alone with the bowl of Makgeolli! 😛

Oh, not forgetting our “main dish” – Gukbap (국밥), which simply means “soup with rice”, or 汤饭.

When the dish was just served on the table

Check out the ingredients in the "soup rice" (pork & beansprouts)

The soup was very tasty just mildly spicy & the meat tender. It’s just a simple Korean dish, & is popular among the working class. I guess simplicity also has its “beauty”? 🙂

Probably because we were having our dinner in Myeongdong, the bill came to a total of KRW 25,000 for the 3 of us (approx. S$29). Nonetheless, at least now I know the taste of Makgeolli. I like it! ^^


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