Makgeolli (막걸리) is a type of Korean rice wine with some wheat content. It is milky and slightly sweet. Makgeolli was a drink for farmers but currently, makgeolli is popular amongst the younger generation.
Makgeolli is often paired with with pajeon (파전) or Korean pancakes – perfect combination for a rainy day.
In the drama, “Cinderella’s sister 신데렐라 언니” which was broadcast in Korea in March 2010, starring Moon Geun Young (문근영) and 2pm’s Ok Taecyeon (옥택연), Moon Geun Young’s stepfather runs a Makgeolli winery in Pocheon (포천) which is a city in Gyeonggi-do (경기도) famous for Makgeolli. Watch the drama if you’re interested to find out!
Makgeolli costs about SGD14 in Korean supermarkets and SGD 30 in Korean restaurants in Singapore. In Korea, it’ll only cost you 3000 Won. So, if you’re in Korea, don’t just order soju (소주), remember to order a bottle of Makgeolli by saying “Makgeolli han byeong juseyo 막걸리 한 병 주세요!” I’m sure you’ll love it!