Food La La: ‘Taste of Soju and Makoli’
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.
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.
There were various different types of mixed soju drinks to choose from, including ones mixed with Sprite, Melona, Milkiss and Pass-O-Guava.
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.
The food was buffet style with a mix of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese food.
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.
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.
There was a variety of Korean rice cakes for dessert.
This one was my favorite because it’s really soft and filled with honey.
My friends Gene Park and Sofia Kim. Sofia is a DJ on my favorite radio station, KORL 107.5, which plays Korean music!
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!