1. Dirt-cheap soju
This is the stuff my colleague used to clean his bathroom drain with because it costs less per liter than bleach. But Korea’s national hooch is more than undertones of paint thinner and rubbing alcohol on the palate. It’s the ROK’s great cultural equalizer. Who needs a shared language when you’ve got a bottle of Lotte 소주 and a 노래방 (noraebang) around the corner?