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Wolhyang - Itaewon (월향 3호점)

Wolhyang – Itaewon (월향 3호점)

Wolhyang Itaewon Inside

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Itaewon

Reviewed by: Mama Julia

Thoughts:Wolhyang is one of the largest and most reputable chains for makgeolli.  They carry an extensive range of makgeolli from all over the peninsula, as well as their own brewed makgeolli.  The Itaewon location carries a similar feel to the Seogyo-dong location, though it is even more hidden in the back alleys of Itaewon.  In…

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Wolhyang - Seogyeo dong (월향 2호점)

Wolhyang – Seogyeo dong (월향 2호점)

Wolhyang Seogyo outside

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Seogyo-dong

Reviewed by: Mama Julia &  Papa Dan

Thoughts:Wolhyang is one of the largest and most reputable chains for makgeolli.  They carry an extensive range of makgeolli from all over the peninsula, as well as their own brewed makgeolli.  The Seogyo-dong location is in a large white house with two floors and a balcony, and the sparse decor makes it feel light and…

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Damotori H - (다모토리 ‘ㅎ’) (Haebangcheon)

Damotori H – (다모토리 ‘ㅎ’) (Haebangcheon)

damotori outside

Name:  Damotori H (다모토리 ‘ㅎ’)

Location:  Haebangcheon

Reviewed by:  Mama Julia

Thoughts:  Damotori is the staple makgeolli bar for the Haebangcheon and surrounding neighborhood.  It has a cozy and dark atmosphere, regularly filled with a mix of customers who both know their favorite and those that are looking to find a favorite.

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Haemul Pajeon (해물 파전):  *** 1/2

Dubu Kimchi (두부…

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Registration for September 6th Meeting Open!!


It’s amazing what can turn up when trawling Naver for new makgeolli places to try.  We stumbled apon this small (very small) but very white little makgeolli bar in Sindorim that seems to be serving up some interesting gems.  On the menu we spy a Meshil Wonju, as well as a host of the usual favorites including non-aspartame staples.


The food also looks qute alluring, so in short we can’t wait to…

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Nuruk Namu (누룩 나무)

Nuruk Namu (누룩 나무)

Some serious contemplation  by our mamas and papas

Name: Nuruk Namu  (누룩 나무)

Location: Insadong (By Anguk Station)

Reviewed by: Mamas and Pappas on July 14th


Thoughts: Immediately around the corner and down the tiny alleyway in front of Anguk Station exit 6, in Seoul’s tourist hot spot of Insadong you’ll find Nuruk Namu (Nuruk Tree) next to the previously reviewed Story of the Blue Star. It’s a quaint place with lovely green plants and pastel…

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Registration for August 16th Meeting Open!!

The location for this meeting has been on the books for over a year!!  We tried to visit last year but it was unexpectedly closed and we just haven’t tried since.  

July 5th Meeting Registration OPEN!!!

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Time flies when you’re drinking makgeolli, and it’s already time for our next meeting! This meeting will be a little different from our regular meetings, as the location is quite small and features a round bar.  It’s a very intimate location and we could potentially be the only customers at the time, so we will be keeping numbers strictly small for this road test.

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The location is near Sangsu…

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ZenKimchi Foodcast - Makgeolli, Korea’s Fizzy Brew

Makgeolli School bottles

We are still playing catch-up here at MMPK headquarters, with a lot of new and exciting things in production.  A while back in May, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe McPherson, of ZenKimchi fame, for an episode of his Foodcast.  Of course the topic of the conversation was our beloved makgeolli, and despite chewing each other’s ears off for a good 40 minutes or so, I’m sure we could have…

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June 14th Meeting Registration Open!!!

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It’s that time again Mamas & Papas, and we are very excited for this next meeting.  We got chatting with a regular Papa who visits many of our reviews and also does some exploring himself, and he had a great recommendation for us!  This place is in Insadong, where we are always trying to find good and decent makgeolli bars to take travelers when they are in town after a day of sightseeing.

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Jeondae Gamdaek

Name: Jeondae Gamdaek (전대감댁)

Location: Gyeongbukgung (경북궁)

Reviewed by: Makgeolli Mamas and Papas on 12th April.


Thoughts: Down the winding alleyway near Gyeongbukgung station, passing an intersting mix of traditional market stores and much newer craft beer houses and restruants, you will find the rather unassuming front entrance of Jeondae Gamdaek. What lies inside is a very beautiful,…

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