Seeking a Chinese booze (preferably near Louisville, KY)
August 14, 2013 1:00 PM Subscribe
Inspired by this question
, I have a Chinese mystery-spirit question of my own. I got this potable
years ago at a Ranch 99 Supermarket, and find it pretty interesting, but I'm running out. Does it have a more conventional name than "ng-ka-py", and can I get it here, in the middle of the country?
posted by jackbishop to food & drink (6 answers total)
I know that there are many different types of Chinese alcohols, most of which are categorized under the catchall title of "wine" when exported, despite massive variation in taste and strength. I'm deeply ignorant about most of these things: the label on the back refers to it as a Taiwanese product, which is 37% alcohol. It's dark-colored with a blend of earthy herbal flavors (a little fruity, a little cinnamony).
Searches on the name printed on the bottle and the label, "ng-ka-py", mostly brings up the exact same information that got me interested in it in the first place, namely, its prominent mention in Steinbeck's East of Eden. I presume this spirit has a proper Chinese name which is probably quite different from "ng-ka-py", which doesn't sound like a terribly Chinese word in the first place, at least not by modern Romanization. I assume it is one of the staggering variety of different varieties of baijiu, but I got the impression baijiu is usually clear and this isn't.
A better line on what this stuff is would be awesome. If you know where to find it in the vague vicinity of Louisville, KY, that would be even awesomer (mail order is not an option, as it is illegal to receive alcohol by mail in Kentucky and most retailers won't even ship it).