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Encyclopedia > Makgeolli
A bowl of makkoli
A bowl of makkoli
Korean name
Revised Romanization: Makgeolli
McCune-Reischauer: Makkŏlli

Makgeolli, also known as takju, is a traditional alcoholic beverage indigenous to Korea. It is milky, off-white in color, and sweet. It is made by fermenting a mixture of boiled rice and water, and is about 6.5–7% alcohol by volume. It was originally quite popular among farmers, earning it the name nongju (농주 / 農酒), which means "farmer liquor". Dongdongju (동동주) is a drink very similar to makgeolli, and both are popularly drunk with the Korean "pancakes" called pajeon (파전) or bindaetteok (빈대떡). Additionally, makkoli is used during ancestral rites in Korea. For other uses, see Hangul (disambiguation). ... The Revised Romanization of Korean (Korean: 국어의 로마자 표기법; 國語의 로마字 表記法) is the official Korean language romanization system in South Korea. ... McCune-Reischauer romanization is one of the two most widely used Korean language romanization systems, along with the Revised Romanization of Korean, which replaced (a modified) McCune-Reischauer as the official romanization system in South Korea in 2000. ... Korea (Korean: 한국 or ì¡°ì„ , see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ... Species Oryza glaberrima Oryza sativa Rice is two species (Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima) of grass, native to tropical and subtropical southern & southeastern Asia and to Africa, which together provide more than one fifth of the calories consumed by humans[1]. (The term wild rice can refer to wild species... Alcohol by volume (ABV) is an indication of how much alcohol (expressed as a percentage) is included in an alcoholic beverage. ... Bindaetteok is a pancake of Korea. ...

Commercially, makkoli is most commonly available in aseptic box containers. As it is an unfiltered beverage, it is generally shaken before drinking as the cloudy white portion tends to settle to the bottom, leaving a pale yellow, clear liquid on top.

Doburoku (どぶろく / 濁酒) is the Japanese equivalent of makkoli. Sake barrels at Itsukushima Shrine. ...


  • Traditional Liquors & Wines at asiafood.org

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