Beer renaissance hits Korea.

While some enjoy the local beers like Hite and OB, many say the flavors are too simple and too similar. The updated Liquor Tax Law intends to fix that, going live on April 1, and allowing small to medium sized beer makers to enter the market. In the past, makers had to have a capacity of more than 150kL in order to sell their beer outside of a pub. It now stands at 75kL.

The tax rate was also cut by 20%. Experts believe that prices will quickly fall and consumers will win big. Continue reading


South Koreans are world’s biggest drinkers (by a large margin).

It should come as no surprise to those who live here – measured in shots of spirits per week, not including beer, Korea tops the list of the heaviest drinkers in a list of 44 surveyed countries. The average Korean, based on the survey results, drinks 13.7 shots in a week, 97% of which is soju. Russia came in second and the US was ranked tenth. Survey by EuroMonitor.

Summary here.

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Easy to Learn Korean 5,6,731-734 – Numbers and Counting


Numbers come in two forms: Korean and Sino-Korean numbers. Koreans use many special Counting words with them.

Here’s the complete Numbers and Counting sets!

5- Numbers 16-Numbers 2

731-Counting Things 1732-Counting Things 2

733-Counting Things 3734-Counting 4

735- Counting Things 5


Easy to Learn Korean 742-743 Fried chicken

Easy to Learn Korean 742 and 743 – Fried Chicken


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I found this new snack that I like called Fried Chicken Drumsticks at the local supermarket in Seoul this week.

Charcoal Fire Crackers

Hot Charcoal-Fire Barbecue – 핫숯불바베큐 (hat-sutbul-babekyu)

Chicken 1

Fried Chicken – 닭 튀김 (dak twigim) or 후라이드 치킨 (literally the English words ‘fried chicken’-huraideu chikin)

They taste like fried-chicken flavored crackers and remind me of Pepperridge Farm’s Goldfish crackers, if you know those. The crackers are wrapped in aluminum foil inside of a small red box that’s strikingly similar to a takeout chicken box. It only costs 900Won (less than $1USD) and is actually worth trying. Real Korean-style Fried Chicken is one of my favorite foods and this definitely reminds me of that.

There are several ways to say chicken in Korean:
1.닭 – chicken
2.닭고기 – chicken meat
3.치킨 – literally the English word ‘chicken’

All three of these can be used for chicken meat. Here, 닭다리 (dak-dari) means ‘chicken leg, or chicken drumstick.

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