Ng-ka-py, "the drink that tastes of good rotten apples." Anyone?

I am once again reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Great book and every time I read it, I'm struck by something else I've overlooked. This time it is the drink, Ng-ka-py, a Chinese drink, that the cook/philosopher/Renaissance man, Lee favors. Samuel is the character who describes it as "the drink that tastes of good rotten apples." Anyone out there ever had it? And for that matter, have you ever tried a dish or drink because you read about it in a novel?

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