Makgeolli, Monster Craft, and many good times!
Sunday night is Curry night in Hwamyeong-Dong! Monster Craft Brewing makes a cheep, cheerful, and incredibly delicious Japanese-style curry with your choice of mushrooms, chicken, or pork cutlet with the option to add more meat for KRW 2,500. I had the mushroom curry and added chicken (their chicken is fantastic on its own or in the curry).
The dinner came with a really tasty soup (broth and green onions), a cabbage salad (which I promtly mixed into the curry for a crunchy texture), and a form of kimchi I was too stuffed to try. Monster Craft is a great spot to hang out, have a beer, some food, and watch cats go by in the alley (when we went there was a family of calico cats that reminded me of the cat I had growing up - shout out to Angel). The house beer is KRW 3,500 (about $3.50 - $4 Canadian), and the curry came to maybe KRW 9,000 for a meal I certainly couldn't finish!
After dinner we met up with the boys and went to a Makgeolli bar across the street from where we live. There's the option to head upstairs (take your shoes off!) or sit at a table with chairs Western-style (we opted for that so we could play some card games).
Our hostess with the most(ess?) showed off the menu, and we ordered Pajeon with Kimchi, Mussels, and what I believed to be Scallops but that may have just been more onion or cabbage. The Makgeolli (the Korean rice wine pictured above) was blended with some sort of powdered fruit mix. Since this evening, some coworkers have taken me out for some proper Korean food and different kinds of Makgeolli. The phrase "do you drink well, Kate?" came out on a few occasions, but I like to think I kept it in check!
Have you tried Makgeolli? What kind is your favourite?