Korean canned beverages: Bong Bong grape drink & Sikhye

From left: Bong Bong grape drink; Sikhye

From left: Bong Bong grape drink; Sikhye

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.

Bong Bong grape drink

Bong Bong grape drink

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.

Real grapes in a can!

Real grapes in a can!

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

Sikhye

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.

The rice grains in sikhye

The rice grains in sikhye

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.

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Comments

  1. yvonne says

    I love these two drinks! Stock cans of these in my fridge… but I find that the grape one can get a bit sweet and causes an itchy throat. I love the rice drink!!! Perfect for the hot weather =)