Your earliest memories of drinking Yakult were most likely unpleasant.
Lemme guess—your mom made you drink this stuff when your disease-stricken body was gushing brown waterfalls down the toilet. With traditional medicine not doing its job, a famous catchphrase, “Ok ka ba tiyan?” comes to mind and the solution comes in the form of this enigmatic, flesh-colored drink.
Although commercials for Yakult have always painted it as a health drink with images of sperm-like lactobacilli thingies swimming around your happy belly, its benefits are still in question. But these days, do even you drink Yakult because it’s healthy?
Fast-forward to legal age and you get a whole new way to enjoy this familiar drink. How else? Swirl it with alcohol.
This beverage is reminiscent to popular Japanese drink, Calpis. According to our house pet Wikipedia, Calpis has a light, somewhat milky and acidic flavor. Normally, they use plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt, or some lactic acid-rich drink such as Yakult (which is ok for your tiyan!).
When you mix Yakult with traditional Korean Soju, you’ll get a Calpis-flavored cocktail that’ll send get you all fizzy and happy in all the right places. Add to that the supposed health benefits of Yakult, and you’ve definitely got a conversation starter that’s light and good for your digestion.
Thirsty? Time to hit your nearest Korean grocery.