April 29th Meeting Registration Open!!!

I’m sure you’ve all noticed a lot of changes going on with us lately, and by now most of you have heard that we have officially re-branded to become The Sool Company.  However one thing we vowed to do was keep our community monthly meetings open for as long as we can, as it was such a huge part of where we came from.

So even though it’s late notice, we hope you all join us for a meeting we have been saving for just the right moment.  Usually the bars we go to are first-time visits, but this place is an exception and has been on our radar for a number of years.  It is now time to share this gem with you all, as we dine on some of the best comfort food in town!

This hidden place in Ahyeon-dong is most famous for the owner’s incredible tofu which is made fresh daily (even non-tofu lovers have been instantly converted on first bite) and his expertly fermented cheongukjang.  But of course it all has to be washed down with something, and this is one of the very few places in Seoul that you can drink his own home-made makgeolli to your heart’s content!

Come one, come all to this hearty, tasty meeting!  Email mmpkorea@gmail.com to sign up 🙂

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MMPK January 7th Meeting Registration Open!!

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It’s a brand new year Mamas & Papas and we couldn’t be more excited to get back into the swing of tasting and exploring the awesome world of Korean traditional alcohol.  We have been meeting regularly for 5 years now, and that means we have covered a lot of makgeolli ground.  We have visited over  60 different bars in our time, so finding awesome new places that wow us can be somewhat of a challenge.  So we take it as a good sign that 2017 will be a fantastic year, when our first meeting location is so incredible we wondered how we could have missed it!

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Located in the Sinchon area not too far from Hongdae is an amazing culinary find.  Not only has the food been highly praised by other chefs in the Korean dining community, but one look at the fridge tells us he also carefully curates his makgeolli selection to be some of the absolute finest.

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The interior is not the largest, so we will keep the numbers at this meeting at a smaller level.

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If you would like to join us to kick off our makgeolli exploration for the year, send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com and get in quick 🙂

Registration for December 3rd Meeting Open!!

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The silly season is officially upon us, and due to some afore mentioned turkey commitments November’s meeting has been pushed back to this Saturday December 3rd.  The weather is getting chilly and that means hot, comforting pajeon and smooth makgeolli is just the ticket!

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The location is south of the river very near Goseok Terminal and promises to be some good old fashioned classic dishes with plenty of good makgeolli, cheongju and soju to be sampled.  If you would like to join us, send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com for a spot 🙂

Registration for October 29th Meeting Open!!

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Ever wondered what it might be like to be in Korea during the 90’s?  Well this Saturday we are time machining all the way back to comic books, power rangers….and of course, makgeolli!  There is a quirky bar near Konkuk University that is all decked out in memorabilia from Nintendo 64s to protractor stencil sets.

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But the best thing about it, this bar actually has quite a decent selection of makgeolli!  It can be tough to get all the boxes ticked, but so far from what we have seen, we have high hopes for this bar.

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So if you would like to join us for a trip down memory lane, email mmpkorea@gmail.com for a spot!

Registration for August 27th Meeting Open!!!

Get ready Mamas & Papas, we are going old school comfort for our meeting this Saturday!  The last few meetings have been some incredible fine dining experiences, but we decided to switch it up a little and check out a little gem in the Sillim area.

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Whilst there are no shortage of rough and ready makgeolli bars around Seoul, it can be a tough ask to find one with great atmosphere AND great makgeolli.

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Well, fear not we have done the legwork and have found this rare combination.  Whilst we have never been to this place before, the MMPK team has actually studied brewing with the owner, so we know we will be in good company!

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The location features some classic Korean style dishes in the old tavern style, and has been around since 1989 (no small feat for bars in Seoul!).  So if you would like to join us, send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com 🙂

Korean Traditional Alcohol Tours

We here at MMPK have been operating Korean traditional alcohol tours for the past year or so through our network of makgeolli lovers and personal recommendations.  After thorough beta testing and development, we are now ready to launch our services to the world at large, and therefore have designed a brand new website to better showcase all the services we offer.  From tasting tours, brewery & museum tours, private brewing classes, brewing certificate courses and our international client consulting, we have developed services for all your makgeolli and Korean alcohol needs!

So if you are looking for something special and unique to do while in Korea, or simply want to broaden your alcohol knowledge horizons, check out our new service website and get in touch 🙂

Korean Traditional Alcohol Tours Website

The Masters Tour

Registration for July 30th Meeting OPEN!!!

It’s hot.  Really, really hot.  So hot that we lost our focus and the weeks rolled by without us realizing this Saturday is our favorite day of the month…MMPK meeting day!!  So we thought long and hard about what kind of booze and food would match with this weather, and we thought now is a perfect time to hone our appreciation of the clear liquors Korea has to offer!  That’s right, we are talking cheongju & soju paired with some of the best looking food we have seen in quite a while!

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The next place we will explore doesn’t necessarily have the widest selection, but stocks a delicious cross section of takju, cheongju and soju.  But what we are really looking forward to is how it all comes together with these good lookin’ dishes!

The location is in Hapjeong, just a hop skip and a jump from Hongdae, and is some seriously fine dining.  We are always on the lookout for places that are experimenting with food pairing with top shelf Korean alcohol, and this place looks like just the ticket!

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shijeol interiorIf you would like to join us, email mmpkorea@gmail.com to get your seat at the table 🙂

Unni Sarang Bang (운니 사랑방)

Name: Unni Sarang Bang (운니 사랑방)

Location: Unni dong (Anguk Station) (운니동 )

Reviewed by: Mamas and Papas on May 28th 2016

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The Traditional Hanok interior


Thoughts: After taking a stroll through the traditional streets of Unni dong, one can stumble upon this recently renovated hanok that has been transformed into a home for Korean traditional alcohol.  With a fridge that boasts some of the best makgeolli available on the market, and an inspired menu of delicate flavors, Unni Sarang Bang can be a quiet place to dine and enjoy.

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Service:         **** 4 Stars

Style:            ***** 4 Stars

Ambience:   **** 4 Stars

Overall:         **** 4 Stars

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Detailed explanations of the menu are available

Food

Bossam 보쌈                            4.5 **** (Juicy, tender, deep flavoured)

Deodeok Duck 더덕덕            5 ***** (delicate, complex, surprising)

Guacamole & Nachos            5 ***** (perfect)

Spring leaf Jeon 봄나물 전    4 **** (earthy, green, light)

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The Deodeok Duck was a favorite of the evening

                                          

Makgeolli

Jahuihyang Nabi 자희향 나바                       4**** (refreshing, light, floral)

Cheonbihyang 천비향 탁주                            4**** (citrus, tart, tangy)

Samyangchoon 삼양춘                                   4*** (milky, buttery, creamy)

Hansan Sogokju 한산 소곡주                        3*** (smokey, earthy, sherry)

Sool-ah  술아                                                    3.5*** (Strong, sweet, syrupy)

Solseongju  솔성주                                          3*** (Pine, crisp, bitter)

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Few can resist Guacamole!



What we liked: The Food.  We couldn’t stop raving about the food.  The flavors were so delicate and complex, and despite the traditional atmosphere, the dishes were updated and modern takes on classic Korean pairings.  It was a first time for any of our Mamas & Papas to have the opportunity to match makgeolli with guacamole, and it was a happy experience.  We were also very pleased with the extensive selection of top-shelf brews to choose from.  Two of our guests visiting from overseas exclaimed ‘Beats the pants off anything you can get in Thailand’. 

Note:  We have received word that the chef has since changed since our visit, so there may be some food menu changes.

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A satisfied group of MMPK Tasters

What we disliked: The limited range of regular makgeolli.  No denying the fridge was truly a sight to behold, however many of our Mamas & Papas expressed an interest in trying some lower alcohol content makgeolli.  One Papa commented ‘This would be a sit and sip kind of place, rather than a drink with friends place.’

Recommendation: If you find yourself in the Anguk / Insadong area and would like a peaceful respite with excellent food and Korean alcohol, this is your place.  The hanok location also makes it great for taking visitors to Korea to experience quality makgeolli in a beautiful setting.

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The Outdoor Signage



Directions:
 Come out of Anguk Station (line 3) exit 4 and follow the main road as you pass a palace grounds on the left hand side.  When you reach Deoksung Women’s University on the corner, turn left.  Follow this street down until your third left, which will be a small narrow alley.  The restaurant is an old Hanok on the left about halfway down the alley with the doors wide open for you to come in.

Phone Number: 02-742-3633

Map: Here

Have you visited Unni Sarang Bang? Is there anything we could have mentioned? What were your likes and dislikes? Tell us your story by commenting here or on our facebook page

Registration for July 2nd Meeting OPEN!!!

If you’re checking your calendars and wondering if we’ve got our math a bit screwy, the answer is yes we are a week late in our monthly meeting schedule!  As many of you faithful Mamas & Papas are now aware, we hold our meetings  on the last Saturday of every month.  However last weekend we had some urgent business to attend to, so instead of just canceling all the makgeolli fun, we have squeezed the meeting for this Saturday!

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It’s short notice, but if you’ve got the time you will not be in any way disappointed.  This Saturday’s meeting is one we are just giddy with excitement for.  Long on the books and finally just opened a few weeks ago, this location is set to be the Makgeolli Mecca of Seoul.  With a menu of over 200 different types of makgeolli, takju, cheongju and soju, you could make a pilgrimage every week just to try and get through it all.  It has already been visited by many members of the Korean alcohol industry, and it is now our chance to check it out.

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The location is in Apgujeong, and the meeting as always will be at 7pm.  If you would like to join us, send an email to mmpkorea@gmail.com to sign up!

Registration for May 28th Meeting Open!!

Soooo…..Spring sprung and sprang it’s way out of here, as it appears we are straight into the hot months of summer.  But that doesn’t stop the tasting exploration, as this Saturday is April’s MMPK regular meeting!  Usually we would entice you with pictures of food and fridges taken from the many internet people who have checked out the location before us, but this place is so new there aren’t any yet.

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The place we are visiting is a brand new remodeled hanok in a quiet back alley of the Insadong neighborhood, that features one of the most impressively stocked fridges of top shelf makgeolli we have seen.  And yes, full disclosure, this location has been previewed in person due to the lack of online information, and the snippet of what we saw was enough for us to commit!  What was it that sealed the deal you might ask?  Guacamole.  Yes you heard us, top shelf makgeolli paired with tortilla chips and guacamole.  Done deal.

So if you want to join us on the front lines of exploring this fresh off the press location, send and email to mmpkorea@gmail.com to sign up 🙂