Bandung online snack store sells “halal soju”


Korean pop culture has had a huge influence on people all over the world. Many Indonesians love K-dramas or drakor, which is short for “drama Korea,” as well as K-pop. And anyone who’s watched enough K-dramas would definitely notice the frequent appearance of green bottles.

These green bottles contain soju, an alcoholic beverage that looks like water. They’re such a huge part of the K-cinematic universe that even people who don’t drink alcohol would acknowledge how iconic they are.

An online snack store in Bandung wanted soju to be available for all types of Korean culture fans, so they decided to make their very own “halal soju.”


The popular Korean drink gets a local twist 


Halal soju - four flavors
Halal soju in lychee, yogurt, green tea, and strawberry flavors

Image credit: @warungminiummik

The unique idea is the brainchild of Sovi, a K-drama lover who’s tried a variety of Korean snacks, but has never had a sip of soju because it contains alcohol. Out of her love for Korean food and Korean culture as a whole, she took it upon herself to create her own “halal soju.” 

Sovi’s version of soju is alcohol-free and is similar to a virgin mojito. As reported by Kompas, Sovi and her friend Rinda, who is the owner of online snack store @warungminiummik, decided to start accepting pre-order requests for the beverage. 

The drinks are only made available upon request in order to ensure their freshness


“Halal soju” comes in various fruity flavors


Halal soju - in a glass
Image credit: @warungminiummik

The “halal soju” is sold as Mojiso Korean Sparkling Water to avoid confusion among potential customers. Each 360ML bottle is sold for Rp. 45,000 (~USD3.07) and you can choose from four different flavors: lychee, green tea, yoghurt, and strawberry.

If you’re curious, you can order some Mojiso via Whatsapp from 6AM to 6PM, except on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Halal soju - Korean snacks
Image credit: @warungminiummik

Apart from Mojiso, the store also offers Korean food such as tteokbokki (fried rice cakes) and kimchi, as well as Indonesian-style banana sweets, or piscok. We think they’d go well together with the “halal sojuover a late-night K-drama binge-watching sesh.


Creativity always goes a long way


The invention of “halal soju” proves that if you’re passionate about something, it can inspire you to stretch your own creative muscles. 

In Sovi’s case, she wants to appreciate and share her love for K-drama on her own terms – and the response has been positive.

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Cover image adapted from: @warungminiummik and @warungminiummik

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