Tuna Tears Soju - one of World's Weirdest Drinks in South Korea
You probably already eat tuna, but how about drinking its tears? The tuna tears are collected and mixed with soju, which is a rice wine with high alcohol content. You’ll get this ‘tuna tears shot’ at Japanese restaurants and seafood spots known as ‘tuna houses’.
This is one of the weirdest alcoholic drinks out there with quite a kick!
Soju is a clear, colorless distilled alcoholic beverage of Korean origin. It is usually consumed neat, and its alcohol content varies from about 16.8% to 53% alcohol by volume. Most brands of soju are made in South Korea. While soju is traditionally made from rice, wheat, or barley, modern producers often replace rice with other starches, such as potato and sweet potato.
How to make Tuna Tears Soju
Soju, a distilled rice wine with high alcohol content, can be found in nearly every restaurant, bar, and convenience store in the country. It comes in many different flavors (peach and blueberry are some favorites) and Koreans love to mix the drink with beer to create another beverage called "maekju," which is put together like a Jägerbomb (a shot of Jägermeister dropped into an energy drink such as Red Bull).
Sometimes, they even mix it with tuna eye fluid.
The "tuna tears shot," or "chamchi nunmulju" in Korean, is typically served at Japanese-style restaurants or seafood spots, known as "tuna houses." Fluid from the eye of a tuna fish is mixed with soju to make tuna tears soju. The combination results in a beverage with a jelly-like consistency.
Benefits of Tuna Tears Soju
|Tuna's tears alcohol is made of the eye lens of tuna. They mash the eye lens and mix it with soju. You know fish's eyes are well known as a great dish. Fish's eyes are full of vitamin E and other good nutrients like gelatine, collagen is contained. Japan is the number one country for consuming tuna in the world, so this dish is well known in Japan.|
The advice is not to smell it but to drink it straight up. It has a salty taste, as expected from the fish, and has a mild effect on the alcohol.
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