If you hate soju, try cheongju

Soju may be the classic alcohol for a Korean BBQ dinner, but let’s be honest, it tastes like chemicals and leaves you with a terrible hangover.

Still, soju is a must-have when there’s samgyupsal (BBQ Pork) on the table, right?

Well my Korean friends recently introduced me to another liquor, cheongju, that looks like soju but is sweeter and cleaner of taste. If soju is compared to vodka, then cheongju might be closer to sake.

Cheongju at the beer can chicken restaurant.

Here’s a place where you can try cheongju: The beer can chicken restaurant in Mapo-gu.

Image credit: lotteliquor.com

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