Thursday, September 08, 2005

Food: Soju

Every great nation prides themselves with an alcoholic drink, one way or another...... Heineken - Dutch, Guinness - Irish, Fosters - Aussie... etc. If Malaysia ever did decide to stand with our chins up about our brews... it would either be Tapai, Tuak or Langkau. Toddy doesn't count ~ That's South-Western Indian!

Highlight of Korea ~ SOJU (소주)! Its rice/potato alcohol, with about a 22% content by volume.

Went out with the guys from work again last night for some Poh Sin Tang (보신탕). Just to avoid people being disgusted and all while reading this post, I will avoid mentioning what it is.

Anyway, Soju was involved, and here goes a mannerism brief on the jolly Soju drinking culture:
  1. Its give and take ~ Pick up a shot glass and hand it to your mate and fill it right up. Technically the person should gulp it down, and return the favor to you using the same glass.
  2. Sign of respect ~ When pouring/receiving, always hold the glass with the right hand, with your left arms on your chests/right underarm (thereabouts).
  3. When finished drinking (completely) after some serious downing of 'Soju bombs' and straight shots, leave the shot glass under the table... they should get the hint. Well then, someone might pull off a Point #1 on you though.
  4. How to get hammered Korean style ~ First start of with a few rounds of Soju, which is relatively cheap at like USD$2.50 a bottle even at restaurants... Get hammered, and go for the expensive stuff, a.k.a. ~ The Whiskies & Cognacs, which costs anything from USD$100 to 300! *

*Note: This is the part I don't get though... isn't it supposed to be the other way around, where you start off appreciating the fine taste of exquisite cognacs like Grand Marnier while your taste buds still function 100%? You go on, feeling a little elated, and THEN getting smashed by the cheap stuff??

My theory: Perhaps people drink the cheap stuff to get high... so high that eventually, even cheapskates would feel like kings, and maybe USD$200/bottle doesn't hurt that much anymore. Just maybe?


At September 08, 2005 11:09 AM, Blogger peemil said...

"Fosters - Aussie."

No we don't. No one drinks it at home. The reason it is sold to the world is that it is such crap beer, we like to unload it on unexpecting foreigners.

At September 08, 2005 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

soju gives you bad hangovers! had my share of alcoholic korean friends. LOL.


At September 08, 2005 1:56 PM, Anonymous fergus said...

"Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

John 2:10

How does it work? I reckon i'd waste the crap alcohol on the lesser guests (like distant uncle-uncle men i've never seen who will get drunk on good or bad alcohol anyway). and i'll save the good stuff for... hmmm.... actually it's these uncle-uncle types who appreciate any alcohol per se.

At September 08, 2005 4:18 PM, Anonymous Gene said...

i think your theory is 50% correct. The rest of it, i reckon, people just do stupid things when they're drunk. Heheh...

At September 08, 2005 4:19 PM, Anonymous gene said...

oh shite, you're fergus's friend???

At September 09, 2005 9:52 AM, Blogger San Nakji said...

So how was the 보신탕? I have never tried it.

At September 09, 2005 9:57 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

I guess it tastes like wild game..... sorta like wild boar, but not quite. Anyway, people eat it with a lot of spices, ginger and amint kinda leaf. Ain't bad, once you get in-line with the idea that its just another kind of domesticated/specially rared animal used for consumption. ;)


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