I’ve been drinking Bokbunja since some-teen years ago. I don’t even remember how or when I first encountered it. When drinking at Korean bars, my drink(s) of choice is usually a cocktail soju or makgeoli of some sort, usually pineapple or strawberry, if available.
I don’t think I was even aware of what Bokbunja was particularly famous for until I watched the movie, “A Tale of the Legendary Libido”. It is a hilarious (somewhat raunchy) comedy movie that came out in 2008. I only heard of the movie last year. Here is a hilarious scene from the movie. Yes, the magical bokbunja that they had come across had made their manhood that powerful. lmao.
The tale is about a rice cake seller named Byeon Gang Soe. He is the laughing stock of the village due to his teeny weenie and non-existing libido. When he accidentally discovers the magical black raspberry wine, his manhood magnifies exponentially, into a powerful entity that has all the ladies of the village swooning. It’s hilarious. You gotta see it if you haven’t already.
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Breaking down “bokbunja”, each syllable has a meaning. Each “han ja (Chinese character) has a meaning.
Bok (覆): flip
Bun (盆): chamber pot
Ja (子): human
I recently introduced Bokbunja to Catboy. Catboy is a Whitewashed Korean, also known as a “twinkie” or “banana” (White on the inside, yellow on the outside). He’s slowly becoming more Koreanized after he started dating me and emerging into all things Korean (okay, more things Korean).
We like to go to Korean bars every now and then. One night, we headed on over to Go Pocha only to find that there was about an hour wait. Dan Sung Sa was another option that was nearby. Instead of ordering our usual cocktail soju, I was in the mood for Bokbunja, as it’s been a while since I’ve had it. Catboy had never tried it but was curious. He’s a total lightweight and it’s kind of like free entertainment to watch him when he gets drunk.
When the bottle of our Bokbunja came, Catboy picked it up and examined it with curiosity. We filled and clinked our shot glasses.
“Ohhh this is really good!” exclaimed Catboy. He continued to pour into his shot glass (Koreans never pour their own drinks) until he started getting a little drunkenly emotional, in a funny way.
Since that night, Bokbunja has become Catboy’s favorite item to grab in the alcohol aisle at the local Korean market.
If you’ve never had Bokbunja before, the taste is kind of fruity, reminds me a bit of black currant, tart, and almost tastes like a “girly” drink. There are varieties of Bokbunja, but the picture above is the main one I usually opt for.
Stay tuned for the return of the Korean alphabet series, coming up in the next post where we will break down the letters of “bokbunja”. We last left off at the letter ㅁ (“m” with the miyeokguk post). It’s been a while since where I had left off. In the next post, I will also open up about the reason for my hiatus from the Korean alphabet series. It had a bit to do with personal crap I was going through. See you next time! Get ready to go over the next letter of the alphabet after ㅁ.
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