Hello Donggukians! DGU POST Talk Show is back with its second series. I am Dr. Drink, who is a master of alcohol drinks. At the beginning of each new semester, there are many situations where drinking alcohol is encouraged, such as welcome parties for freshmen and after parties. Especially, first-year students and International students might not be used to the drinking culture of Korea. Drinking culture can represent one’ s country. It is said that joyfulness is reflected in Korean drinking culture and it is so unique and fun. That is why I am here at DGU POST Talk Show. I will explain everything to you all about Korean drinking culture!
Exotic Mixed Drinks
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There are various drinks in Korea such as Soju, Maekju (beer), and Makgeolli, Korean traditional drink. If I were here to tell you about just normal drinks, I would not have any reason to be here, right? So, I will now explain to you about mixed drinks which have both in unique taste.
This drink is so famous that we absolutely cannot skip. Somaek is a Korean cocktail which is made by mixing Soju and Maekju. As it is the most famous and basic mixed drink, the ratio of Soju and maekju differs from person to person. A general method to mix the drink is using a beer mug. But some people mix it in a Soju glass to make “Ggool-ju.” Ggool-ju is a kind of Somaek with the ratio of Soju 9 and Maekju 1. Even though there is lots of Soju in Ggool-ju, people usually say it does not taste bitter and is rather sweet.
To people who do not like bitter drink, I recommend “Maksa.” It is a sweet drink mixed with Makgeolli, and Cider (soda). The combination of Makgeolli’s sweetness and soda’s carbonic acid tastes would satisfy people who prefer sweet drinks. The general ratio for Maksa is mixing Makgeolli 7 and Cider 3. However, depending on your preference, you can adjust the ratio and make your own perfect Maksa. Be warned of heavy drinking because Maksa tastes like soda and you might drink too much.
Why is this drink called, Gojin-gamlae-ju? The word “Gojin-gamlae” comes from a Korean phrase and it means “Sweetness comes after the bitterness is over.” Similar to the meaning, this mixed drink tastes bitter at first and then sweet afterwards. You can make it by mixing coke, Soju, and Maekju in consecutive order. The ratio I personally recommend is coke 1, Soju 1, and Maekju 2. But if you want more sweetness in your drink, you can change the ratio of coke and Soju. Find the perfect ratio of Gojin-gamlae-ju for you.
Ice cream-ju tastes more like a sweet cocktail. So, you do not have to worry even if you are not good at drinking. Just mix equal amounts of Soju and cider or a ratio you prefer of Soju and cider with a melted melon or strawberry flavored ice cream. Then, you will produce tasty ice cream-ju in aesthetic and sweet flavor. You can make it more fizz by putting more cider or sparkling water. In addition, it is good to use various flavored ice cream like chocolate and banana to make your own unique ice cream-ju. I suggest you to get rid of the heat at summer when putting ice cream and Soju in a glass.
It is a mixed drink with Soju and the juice of calamansi which is a sour fruit like lemon. Since a famous idol Hwasa made this particular mixed drink in a TV program MBC, “I live alone,” it became sensational. After it was in trend, some convenience stores started selling calamansi juice for putting it in a Soju. Calamansi juice suppresses the bitterness of Soju, so the mixed drink tends to taste refreshing. You would not get a headache from this mixed drink since it is known for alleviating hangover. I recommend the ratio of mixing Soju 2 and calamansi juice 1. You could put more calamansi juice to enjoy the cool taste. It is your choice. Just be careful of turning it into a lemon flavored juice!
Korean Dishes Which are Well Matched with Drinks
I am sure you have heard of “Chimaek.” “Chimaek” is a word meaning Chicken and Maekju. Chicken is a popular Korean snack because there are various flavors you can choose from according to your taste such as oven-baked, fried, and seasoned Chicken. Also, you can even add your favorite toppings like cheese or garlic. Just go out with your friends or family to beautiful Han River and enjoy nice Chimaek when it gets warm.
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Tofu Kimchi is a combination of tofu and fried Kimchi on top. Once you try this snack with Makgeolli, you will not regret it. You can use other types of Kimchi such as green onion and radish, instead of the general cabbage we usually eat. In this way, you would be able to enjoy different flavors. When you want to eat a simple dish with Makgeolli, why don’t you try Tofu Kimchi?
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As the name indicates, Chicken Feet are made from bones and skins of chicken. Some people may have a strong distaste for this particular snack. But once you try it with Soju, you might change your mind. Furthermore, there are different ways to eat Chicken Feet such as boiling in spicy sauce and grilling over in charcoal. When you are craving for some spicy snack, it is good to put on disposable gloves and bite off those Chicken Feet.
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“Jeon” is Korean pancake which is mainly made of dough mixed with various vegetables and meats. It is a popular snack to eat with Makgeolli. Do you like seafood? Then, you can add squid or prawn instead of meat. If you like vegetables, add more pumpkin or sesame leaves! Korean people like to eat Jeon with Makgeolli on a “rainy day.” This is because the sound of a rain drop is similar to the sound of frying Jeon in a pan.
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Korean soup is also known as “Tang.” It is a pot of soup boiled with meat, fish, or vegetables. Fish cake soup and clam soup are two of the most popular soups. They go well with bitter Soju. You can also add noodles and rice to the soup. When you want to eat hot soup, I recommend sharing a big pot of soup with your friends while bonding together.
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Korean Drinking Games
When it comes to Korean drinking culture, we cannot miss the drinking games. Playing a game is one of the ways to liven up the atmosphere. The interesting thing is that there are theme songs used in some situations. I will explain it with Angela. When Angela starts a game, other people sing, “A random game that Angela likes! What is the game? The game starts!” Also, when Angela loses a game and has to drink, people sing “Who is drinking right now? Angela is drinking! An (clap), Gel (clap), La (clap)! One ~ shot (meaning bottoms up)!” From now on, I will introduce some games you can learn easily. Imagining that people are sitting around the table will help you to understand my explanation.
The players are guessing who the singer is while game starter is singing.
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You may feel like singing after you get a little tipsy. With the DJing game, you can enjoy the game and get more excited while singing.
Game starter sings a part of a certain song. The title and singer of the song should not be revealed. People have to guess who the singer is only by listening to the part. Then, the next person sings another song by the same singer in a relay. However, if nobody does not know who the singer is since the game starter chose an unpopular song, the game starter has to drink. To avoid this, most people choose a song of famous idol, such as BTS or TWICE.
To win the game, it is good to listen to idol songs as many as possible.
Game starter is pointing at Sally, while calling Steve.
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In the Attendance Book game, it is important to remember all the participants’ names, This game is good for the situation when people get to know each other such as freshmen welcome party.
The game starter points out a person while calling “the other person’s name.” In response to this, the person whose name was called, not the person who was pointed at, has to answer “Yes!” Giving more detail, game starter points at Sally while saying “Hey, Steve.” Then, Steve says “Yes!” and points at another person in the same way.
As the people become more familiar with others' names, try switching names before starting the game. This trick can make the game even more confusing.
Hello, Clepatra game became famous as it was introduced in many TV programs.
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“Hello, Cleopatra! Number one potato chip in the world!” It sounds weird, but it is the sentence used in the Hello, Cleopatra game. The title of the game originated from 1980s Korean snack’s name, “Cleopatra Potato Chips.” This game was introduced in TV programs many times and became one of the popular games in Korea.
Say “Hello, Cleopatra! Number one potato
chip in the world!” in turns. The rule is simple. But it is not the end. Facing turns proceed, people have to say this sentence in a higher pitch than the previous person. Seeing people struggling to make a high note, everyone laughs and enjoys it.
Do not try this in a quiet bar! This game is a little noisy.
People are trying not to be curious during the Whisper Game.
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“Never be curious!” This is all I want to say for you to win this game. You will understand what I am talking about once you learn the rule.
Choose a person (Lets say a person is a woman for you to understand better) and ask her something in a whisper. Then, she points at someone depending on the question. No one knows what the question was except you and her. People who wonder about the question have to drink! To make people curious about the question, she intentionally reacts to the whisper pretending the question is serious or funny.
Acting arrogantly is important!
Flicking Soju Lid
A player is flicking the tail of Soju lid.
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This is one of the simplest games that only requires Soju lid. If you want to be in the middle of the attention, show off your flicking lid skill?
Open the Soju lid and twist the tail of the lid until it is twisted firmly. Then, every player gets to flick the twisted tail in turns. If you remove the tail, the person on your right has to drink.
Control your power when flicking the tail of the lid.
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I hope you became closer to Korean drinking culture by watching my show. Actually, these are not “all” about Korean drinking culture, since there are so many features I did not tell. Even if I explained Korean drinking culture as joyful and active, it is your choice to play drinking games with other people while drinking. After this show, how about grab a drink to relieve stress? Oh, but remember not to drink too much!
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