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What we’re sipping on: makgeolli at Joo

epicure 19 January 2015
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Korea's oldest alcoholic beverage is back in fashion and Joo is just the spot to savour this home-brewed makgeolli.

Korea’s oldest alcoholic beverage is back in fashion and Joo is just the spot to savour this home-brewed makgeolli. A chic, minimalist listing in a shophouse, there's a dizzying array of specialty brews, cocktails and liquors to pair with an equally delish spread of contemporary anju, or dishes. We'd recommend the yucha-flavoured makgeolli (from $22), a zesty mix with Korean yuzu pulp; washed down with tofu chips with guacamole and kimchi salsa ($12); warm kimchi with tofu & Spam ($14), a combination of luncheon meat, tofu and fresh kimchi with mangalitsa pork belly; and Joo bossam ($28), a reinvention of the popular bar fare.

If you're still seeing straight after a night of toasting, look out for the tongue-in-cheek illustration strip en route to the bathroom on the second floor that dishes more on Korean bar etiquette.

5 Tan Quee Lan Street. Tel: 8138 1628

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