It’s sometimes awkward to romanize korean names as in the case of 막걸리 or makgeolli, which is a traditional rice wine in Korea. I didn’t drink (alcohol) when I was in the Philippines, but that changed when I came here. I was told that it’s impolite to refuse a drink when you’re offered one. I was surprised at my tolerance for alcohol. We once had a drinking spree that lasted for six hours. We drank so much I was afraid I’d go straight to alcohol rehab! That time we had soju (the more popular Korean drink) for dinner, then beer and finally makgeolli.
Makgeolli is an alcoholic beverage but it’s only about 6% proof. It is off-white in color and is sold in a plastic bottle like the one in the photo. We bought that one in the town of Idong in Gyeonggi province (about 1 1/2 hours north of Seoul). We usually drink it from a bowl (specially metal bowl) rather than from a shotglass. It is best with fruits or “pajeon” (korean pancake). I sometimes drink it straight ‘coz it reminds me of milk with a little bit of alcohol.