Sunday, January 10, 2010

An acquired taste

After noticing one of my tires was getting flat, I stopped by Costco today to have it fixed. There was a three hour wait at the tire center, so I called a cab and took a walk through Costco's liquor store while waiting for it. A Korean gentleman walked over when I was looking at a six pack of this,

And he recommended it. So I bought it. Just opened it a few minutes ago. The first surprise was finding this inside the box:

Here's a close up of that:

It's some sort of face mask, apparently. Odd to find in a six pack of an adult beverage.

Apparently, this stuff is an acquired taste. To me, it tastes like what a rocks glass of vodka tastes like after the ice melts. Which makes sense, considering that this Korean beverage is distilled from sweet potatoes and is about 20% alcohol -- about half the alcohol content as a typical 80 proof vodka. This stuff might work as a component in a sake sangria though.


Matt said...

you should try taking shots of soju while eating sam gyup sal.

there is a place in leonia where they have really good wine sam gyup sal:

DaveinHackensack said...

Could be that it wasn't chilled enough. I'm going to have to take you up on that idea of pairing it with some win sam gyup sal. Every time we go out for Korean we always end up getting the same thing (bulgogi). Time to mix it up.

DaveinHackensack said...

BTW, I was going to mention this in that post, but didn't: a good example of sake sangria can be found here: the Kuma Inn. The chef/owner is half Thai and half Filipino, is a CIA grad, and worked in some fancy French restaurants in New York before opening his own place. So he sort of has an eclectic take on things.