7. Not Rock and Roll Andong but I like it.

Soju.

Look at the word…. how could something so small be so powerful (no innuendo please).

For those unknowing souls Soju is a drink in Korea. Well, I say ‘A’ drink, it’s one of the main drinks.

Look asojut it, the dirty animal that it is. Apart from the devil’s nectar, what is Soju?

Soju is a clear, alcoholic liquid usually drunk neat. It’s alcohol content can range from 16.8% to 53%.  Yes, that’s a bit of a difference. That’s the difference between ‘slightly hungover’ and ‘blind in both eyes and I think I’ve lost a foot’.

Soju was traditionally made with rice but wen rice distilling was banned alternative starches where used like wheat, sweet potatoes and tapioca.  If the Russians have Vodka, Korean has Soju. To me it tastes like a mixture of watered down rubbing alcohol and deep seeded regret. Most people drink it as a shot when they’re eating or they pour it into a pint of beer. This is called Somaek  (pronounced so-mek).

HOW TO TRADITIONALLY DRINK SOJU

Soju is mean’t to be drunk with food. You never pour your own Soju. It’s always a communal drink. If I remember correctly, the oldest member of the group will pour some soju into a shot glass and pass it over.

drunk

 

Take the shot with both hands, if they’re older you’ll clink below their glass. Then turn your face to the side so you’re not making eye contact and knock it back.

Then….. be afraid… be very afraid.

How many types of Soju are there?

I think there’s a bout thirteen types of Soju,  considering it’s cheaper than beer and more alcoholic, that’s not surprising.

http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Business/view?articleId=128865

I found this online.

Tonight, I was in-between classes and I saw a guy at the local shop buy seven bottles of Soju and a two litre bottle of coke.

God help them, I will pray for his withered soul.

I’ve tried Soju a few times and it never got better. My hangover lasted all day and I felt like someone gently scooped out my brain, soul and ability to function. If you get the chance definitely try it for a bit of a laugh but remember – it will destroy you.

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After Soju

I’ve seen people drinking Soju at three in the afternoon as I was quietly eating lunch. Maybe, it’s just part of Korean culture and as I’m not Korean, I won’t be able to understand it. However, I will be able to enjoy it… until the hangover.

Thanks for reading

R.B

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