You don’t need to worry about side dishes and no time is wasted in ordering. Just holler ‘one kettle of Makgeoli!’, and everything is served at once. With another order of Makgeli, a new side dish is served, then again different side dishes with the next. A true luxury for the eyes, the mouth and the tummy
-Cited from the “Tenth Planet”, Korean Travel Authors Association, 2006.
There should be no distinction of insiders or outsiders, and any distinction vanishes when drinking Makgeoli. Jeonju has long been known for harmony, equality and the coexistence of variety. Bimbap and Makgeli are the symbol of harmony.
Here, outsider means those who only eat the side dishes and don’t drink the Makgeoli, while insiders mean people who only drink the alcohol without tasting the side dishes! You might be sober even after numerous shots or drunk even after having none.
Jeonju Makgeli is cited as one of the three most-known Korean Makgelis, and they are as equally famous as the Jeonju Bibimbap, table d’hote and Kongnamul gukbap of Jeonju. Makgeli will not make you too tipsy, yet can relieve hunger, boost energy and strengthen friendship. It is said Makgeli is very similar to Koreans, as a soul food for them where they can drink with memories and nostalgia of the past.