We miss the night life in Seoul, particularly the kind where we had drinks at a market place on our last night in Seoul. We had a drink of Makkoli (Korean Rice Beer) and ate a plate of fried food. It was such a memorable travel and foodie experience--one of our best times in Seoul. After so many months, we got around to finding a liquor shop that sells Korean alcohol and that's where we found a lot of bottles of Soju and Makkoli (also known as Makgeolli).
We bought two bottles of Makkoli because there were two brands available...we bought one of each. On Friday night, we celebrated the end of a busy work week by opening one bottle while we watch episodes of a Korean drama we are currently finishing.
If you find Soju too strong for your taste, try the Makkoli. It's smoother than beer so it's easier to drink. We read the information on the bottle and found that it's healthy too! Its formulation includes Lactobacillus, the stuff used in the production of yogurt and cheese.
Happy hour won't be complete without munching on something. Last Friday's choice were flavoured popcorn from Korea.
We enjoyed two small tubs of flavoured popcorns: Creamy Caramel and Butter & Cheese. The Creamy Caramel is similar to Goldilocks Caramel Popcorn (from the Philippines) but only it's not too sweet and sticky while the Butter & Cheese had the right amount of saltiness. We got these at Tong Li Supermarket and hope that it will always be available from now on.
Having a drink of Makkoli and eating snacks from Korea while we watch Kdramas eases our longing to be in Seoul. We know one day we'll be back there again. But for now, we're happy to enjoy a Korean-inspired happy hour at home.