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Makgeolli Anyone?

TommyG2013 Sep 25, 2013 02:41 PM

I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find Makgeolli, which is sort of a Korean rice wine/beer. It only has about a 1 week shelf life so importing must be a problem, and I don't believe there are any US manufacturers as of yet.

Info: http://discoveringkorea.com/110404/ma...

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  1. chefj RE: TommyG2013 Sep 25, 2013 03:02 PM

    Lots of the East Bay Restaurants have it
    Dan Sung Sa
    Ob Chicken/Oriental B B Q Chicken Town

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: TommyG2013 Sep 25, 2013 04:07 PM

      I think I've seen it at Koreana Plaza in addition to some restaurants. The makgeolli that's sold here doesn't have that short a shelf life.

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        greymalkin RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 25, 2013 11:47 PM

        Definitely available at Koreana Plaza in Oakland, I've purchased it from there before. I think they have more than one brand and size available most of the time.

        Koreana Plaza also sells the enzyme so you can make your own makgeolli if you want. It's pretty easy, though it takes some practice to get the ratios and fermentation just right.

        In addition to the restaurants listed by chefj and eliu01, Kang Tong Degi in Oakland also serves it.

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          twocents RE: greymalkin Sep 30, 2013 10:58 AM

          I bought a $4 bottle at Koreana with millet grain infusion and it has to be one of the worst tasting drinks I've had ever. The bottle had a 1 year shelf life printed on it- commercial product imported from Korea.

          It's also on the menu at Holy Cow Cafe, Oakland.

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        eliu01 RE: TommyG2013 Sep 25, 2013 08:32 PM

        Been looking for it ever since imbibing it on a business trip to Japan many years ago. It's on To Hyang's menu but I never tried to order it there the few times I've been.

        1. Tripeler RE: TommyG2013 Sep 26, 2013 06:34 AM

          Please realize that it is very easy to get hangovers with this stuff, and the utmost care should be taken to go easy on the amount you drink.

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            Windy RE: Tripeler Sep 29, 2013 07:54 PM

            My cousin was very ill when we had it in Korea, and he's not a lightweight. The whole room was spinning before I finished my first cup with dinner.

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              Tripeler RE: Windy Sep 29, 2013 09:30 PM

              That's surprising, having the whole room spinning after just one cup (by the way, how big was the cup?). The thing about this drink is that there are a whole lot of impurities in the finished fermented product (fusel oils?) that can cause some hangovers like what tequila did in the early 70s.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: Tripeler Sep 30, 2013 08:53 AM

                I don't think that's true for the commercial bottled versions we get here.

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            TommyG2013 RE: TommyG2013 Sep 29, 2013 04:15 PM

            Thanks all, the Koreana Market was a new place for me, and it was great, had a lot of things I had been looking for -- Shiso leaf, Perilla seeds, a number of varieties of Makgeolli, and as mentioned the enzyme for making Makgeolli, also known as Nuruk, which I hadn't been able to find.

            They also had whole fresh yellowfin tuna on sale for 1.99/lb, which seems insanely cheap. Also some good prices on other fish as well.

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