Posted in The Flavors of Asia, The Grocery Shop-a-holic, The Joy of Snacks

In Which Corndogs are Given a Korean Twist…

Ooh, corndogs!

Of late, Korean pop culture has gained quite a following among many young Filipinos what with Korea-novellas airing on free television, K-pop blaring from mp3 players throughout the archipelago, and kids trying their darndest best to look like the kids from Super Junior, the Wonder Girls, and 2NE1 regardless of the fact that they will never be as pale of skin or slanted of eye as any of their idols.

Korean street-snacks have also been gaining sway in many food courts in the country’s bigger cities.  It’s mostly been potato-based treats like the tornado potato (a whole skewered potato that’s been very thinly spiral-sliced and deep-fried till crisp) and the garlic-and-soy potatoes sold in a stall that recently opened at the SM Megamall Food Court.  There’s pa jeon (seafood pancakes, kind of like Japanese okonomiyaki, only much thinner), mandu (gyoza-ish steamed/fried meat dumplings), and sweet griddle cakes filled with either red bean or custard.

And now, we have what the folks at SM refer to as a Korean hotdog.

Mustard? Yes, it should definitely be mustard…

Korean hotdogs are, essentially, an Asiatic spin on corndogs.  In this particular case, the ‘dogs (those scarlet-skinned Purefoods Tender Juicies) aren’t dunked in a corn-based batter.  Instead, these are dunked in a batter that, based on the texture, has a mix of wheat and glutinous rice flours.  The battered ‘dogs are then blanched in boiling oil and are then rolled in panko breadcrumbs and fried a second time to give it a crunchy golden crust.

The end result is a corndog whose crust is similar to the Okinawan snack sata andagi in that it is very crunchy and yields into a soft, chewy, moreish inside.  The sausage within, of course, was nothing really to write about as it was a generic ‘dog.  But, truth be told, this made quite a satisfying snack on the road home – and, in my personal opinion, honey mustard is the only sauce that goes perfectly with it.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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