While it's not something I do terribly often, drinking makgeolli out of a steel pail in a graffitied wooden shack is definitely a weekend activity I will miss a lot when we leave Korea. Dave wrote stories for both Roads & Kingdoms and Wine Enthusiast magazine about this traditional rice "wine". For Roads & Kingdoms we went to a place we fondly call, " the makgeolli shack". It's actually called Jongno House, but after a decade of going here we had to actually ask to find this out. This literal shack in Insadong, Seoul is a bit of an institution, so we always make a point to bring any newbs or tourists here to experience a taste of what Insadong was like before gentrification. More here.
The second story for Wine Enthusiast took a group of us down to Jeonju for a weekend. Jeonju is not only famous for makgeolli (and bibimbap), but also for the way it's served. You order per beaten-up kettle, which comes with basic sides. As you order more kettles, the sides get bigger and better, until you're completely stuffed and sticky from all the spilled makgeolli. . You can read more about it here.
Kimchi tofu, fresh squid, and oysters
Gyeran mari (omelet roll) and raw seafood and rice at Gamnamugol, and grilled makeral at Jongno House
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