rice wine

japan

Why Sake Used to Be Made with the Spit of Japanese Virgins

It was likely as much about taste as it was about marketing.
Jessica Thompson
3.26.17
Recipe

Chop Suey Croquettes Recipe

All your favorite Chinese flavors rolled up into a ball and deep-fried.
Wayne Morris and Evelyn Wu
10.19.16
Munchies

This Sake Sommelier Wants You to Stop Drinking Crappy Hot Sake

Think you don't like sake? Motoko Watanabe of Zenkichi says that's because you've been drinking mass-produced swill that's served boiling hot to mask its crappiness.
Barbara Woolsey
5.20.16
Vietnam

Chef's Night Out: The Hill Station

We join Danish owners Tommy Eggen and Soeren Pindstrup, along with head chef Giang Phay and a few friends, for a night out in Sa Pa, Vietnam, sampling the best Hmong, Vietnamese, and French food in town.
Soeren Pindstrup and Tommy Eggen
12.7.15
Myanmar

Burmese Opium Farmers Make the Best Rice Wine

U Mint Aung, village chief of a tiny community in the opium fields of Eastern Myanmar brings out a clay pot brimming with multi-coloured grains. The thing looks like a trendy smoothie. But it’s home-brewed rice wine.
Nathan A. Thompson
11.27.15
cooking

Dirty Work: Getting Fish Drunk on Lemongrass-Chili Sauce with Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese Food

Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese Food shows us that you can use freshly picked eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes to get a fish drunk. Well—to make 'drunken fish,' that is.
Munchies Staff
11.10.15
Booze

Makgeolli Is the Drink of Choice for Farmers, Korean Rappers, and Old People

As South Korea’s most popular alcohol until 1988, makgeolli was favored among farmers and the working class. It's recently made a comeback among Korean youth and even celebrities who put creedence in its reputation as a healthier booze.
Tae Yoon
11.8.15
china

Good Snake Wine Should Taste Like a Meal in a Shot Glass

Drinking homemade snake wine can be lethal, so I sought out some professionals who know what they’re doing. The Cheung family's version—with added geckos—was sweet and salty, with just a touch of amphibious flavor.
BRADY NG
10.31.15
Taiwan

MUNCHIES Presents: Taiwan's Funeral Feasts

When a friend or relative passes away in Taiwan, you won't go hungry at their funeral. Watch as we attend a ceremonial feast prepared by traditional "village chefs."
Joshua Frank
9.7.15
china

China Can’t Get Enough of Black Market Tiger Bone Wine

Chinese tiger bone wine might not cure eczema, but it could very well impress friends at a fancy dinner party.
Lauren Rothman
1.4.15
japan

Exploding Sake For Breakfast

From a centuries-old brewery to an izakaya with an explosive way of opening sake bottles, host Yuka Uchida experiences the whole spectrum of sake-drinking in the Tokyo. We also find out why sake bombs are only for frat boys and Paris Hilton.
Yuka Uchida
9.23.14
korea

VICE EATS: Korean Poo Wine

Vice Japan correspondent Yuka Uchida travels from Tokyo to Seoul to try Ttongsul, an ancient medicinal Korean wine made from the feces of children.
Yuka Uchida
8.3.13