Food La La: ‘Taste of Soju and Makoli’

Dec. 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

With Jacie Katsuda and Avy Chan.

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

On Tuesday night, Dec. 10, I attended “Taste of Soju and Makoli” hosted by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. Tickets were $35 and worth the price with the unlimited food and drinks served. There was also entertainment, karaoke, prize giveaways and a fundraiser for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

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My favorite alcoholic beverage happens to be Makoli, so that’s all I drank. I like that it’s light, slightly sweet, has low alcohol content (between 6 and 8% ABV) and tastes similar to nigori sake.

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There were various different types of mixed soju drinks to choose from, including ones mixed with Sprite, Melona, Milkiss and Pass-O-Guava.

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Councilman Stanley Chang was in attendance and gave a short speech thanking guests for donating to the Philippines, as well as sharing his enthusiasm for Korean beverages.

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The food was buffet style with a mix of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese food.

Kalbi.

Kalbi

Won ton.

Won ton

Char siu noodles.

Char siu noodles

Of course, no Korean party can be complete without kimchi. I liked the spicy pepper kimchi because it went great with the Makoli.

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Assortment of sushi

Teriyaki chicken sticks.

Teriyaki chicken sticks

Some of my friends thought it was weird there was a vegetable platter, but Koreans actually like eating vegetables and fruits while drinking.

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There was a variety of Korean rice cakes for dessert.

kinako

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ricecake

This one was my favorite because it’s really soft and filled with honey.

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My friends Gene Park and Sofia Kim. Sofia is a DJ on my favorite radio station, KORL 107.5, which plays Korean music!

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These are the prizes my friends Jinjoo Park, Avy Chan and I won that night. We each got a free bottle of Makoli for singing karaoke. Now we can have our own Korean party this weekend!

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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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