“Makgeolli Baptism” Hazing

Although this is out of Takjoo Journals’ wheelhouse, we always wants to deliver the news, whatever form it may take, when it comes to our favorite brew. From Lim Jeong-yeo’s article in the Korea Herald: In the shot that immediately went viral, a group of students were shown lined up with hands politely clasped in front…

DooDoo

House #03 – DooDoo (UPDATE)

Takjoo Journals wended its way back to the House of DooDoo, and I am ashamed to say that I haven’t returned since the first time I reviewed it way back in 2014. This is through no fault of its own—It’s not you, DooDoo. It’s me.—Hyehwa is just a bit of trek. Suffice it to say, this house is even…

Korean Liquor Gets Its Own Award: K-Sool

Ah, the iTQis. Perhaps not as well known as the Oscars or the Grammys, but Belgium’s International Taste & Quality Institute awards are just as competitive. Even more so for liquor from the Land of the Morning Calm: Korean booze was unceremoniously (literally!) shunted into the sake category. That is, until earlier this month when the…

Sejong Daewang Eoju Yakju

Sool #55 – Sejong Daewang Eoju Yakju

  KOREAN NAME: 세종대왕 어주 약주 REVIEW: After lots of disappointment with the brews on offer at COEX’s Food Week Korea 2015, I was pleasantly surprised to run into “traditional liquor teacher” Jang Jung-su, the owner and master brewer behind Jangheui Doga. Jang explained that Jangheui has two main brews, a Yakju and Takju (read: makgeolli)…

Saké for Beginners: Makgeolli Rice Wine

Other than the presumption that saké is more desirable to make than makgeolli, it’s always pleasing to see makgeolli get international exposure. Amie Watson’s article in Fine Dining Lovers outlines one recipe for making your own home brew. The only curiosity is the initial rice preparation: while I’ve been told steaming rice is the typical method, Watson…

Jirisan Gookhwaju

Sool #54 – Jirisan Gookhwaju

  KOREAN NAME: 지리산 국화주 REVIEW: Curious bottles that I’ve never seen before make me both excited and circumspect. And more often than not, my hesitancy is confirmed with a bad bottle. Jirisan Gookhwaju isn’t bad, per se, but it is firmly in the camp of weird Korean booze that you would drink on a dare…

A Guide to North Korean Food & Drink

Takjoo Journals focuses on makgeolli in South Korea and, admittedly, mainly only in Seoul. So, how cool is it to hear about our favorite tipple from our radical neighbor to the north?! As general manger of Koryo Tours, a North Korean tour company, Simon Cockerell has somehow finagled his way into the country over the last…