The weather’s been crazy hot these few weeks! I thought it’d be interesting to introduce these two Korean canned beverages that I’ve discovered. They are quite refreshing when chilled, especially the Bong Bong grape.
Here’s what it looks like when poured into a glass. The clear liquid is sweet and sourish; it’s mild acidity makes it an ideal thirst-quencher.
But the highlight of Bong Bong is definitely the chewy grapes! Their flavor is similar to Korean Campbell (Kyoho) grapes. Can’t think of any other grape drink that lets you munch on grapes at the same time.
Sikhye (also “shikhye” or “sikhae”) is a traditional Korean malted rice beverage. Malt water is used to ferment rice grains. The mixture is then boiled and lightly sweetened with sugar.
Taste-wise, it is quite similar to our local barley water. But sikhye has its own distinctive taste. Traditionally, Korean families would make their own sikhye. But now it’s conveniently available canned or bottled. Some Korean restaurants would also serve sikhye at the end of the meal, as sikhye is supposed to aid digestion.
I usually get Bong Bong and sikhye from Korean supermarkets. They are quite small, about 240ml cans. Most places sell them around S$1.20.