Kim Seon Ho, Kim Sejeong, Kim Da-Hyun – pretty sure these names would sound familiar if you’re into K-wave.
Wonder what they have in common? Well, they’ve all savoured the popular Korean corn dog, which was propelled from regular to iconic street snack thanks to K-dramas like Start-Up, Uncanny Encounter and Korean variety shows like Baek Jong Won’s 3 Great Emperors.
Corn dog is a type of ‘bunsik’, which refers to inexpensive Korean dishes that are available at Korean snack restaurants.
Korean corn dogs typically come in full sausages, full mozzarella cheese, or ‘ban-ban’ (half and half). They are slathered in a thick batter, coated in panko breadcrumbs and deep-fried in sizzling oil till they turn golden brown.
You can dust your corn dog with sugar or drizzle it with yellow mustard and ketchup depending on how you like it.
But what’s the difference between Korean corn dogs and classic American corn dogs? Well, the main difference is the types of batter used. American corn dogs are sausages thickly coated with cornmeal batter without the breadcrumbs. On the other hand, Korean corn dogs omit cornmeal and use yeast in their batter instead.
Now here are some ways you can enjoy this Korean street snack in Singapore while dreaming of your beloved Korean oppa!
1. DIY Korean Corn Dogs
Feeling like a chef today? Here’s a simple recipe you can follow to whip up your classic Korean corn dog from scratch.
Here’s a short clip of a Korean corn dog in the making:
After mastering this recipe, you’re good to cook up a fresh corn dog at home. Your Korean oppa is still missing but it’s okay because Mummy said it’s good to have dreams!
2. Frozen Korean Corn Dogs by Sajo
If you’re feeling a little lazy, this is the most convenient option to satisfy your ahjumma corn dog cravings. You can easily find Sajo’s frozen Korean corn dogs at your nearby NTUC Fairprice outlet.
Just heat up as many corn dogs as you want in your air-fryer or microwave. Remember to lightly dust it with white sugar or add your favourite condiment before digging in!
Don’t wait too long before you eat your corn dogs though! You definitely want the cheese to be steaming hot to enjoy the #cheesepull. And that’s a bunsik right in the comfort of your own house!
3. CHUNZ Korean Corn Dog
This is a Malaysian chain that’s recently made its way to Singapore. It’s been satisfying the dreams of many K-drama fans with a variety of options catering to different customers. CHUNZ’s menu options vary from full cheese to full sausage corn dogs. Their prices range from $4.90 to $6.50/stick.
Here’s the fun part. You can opt to add on toppings like potato cubes and maggie mee (+$1) for the extra crunch.
Plus, CHUNZ doesn’t use pork in its menu. A spokesperson from CHUNZ said the company is in the process of recruiting a certain number of Muslim staff to meet the criteria for being a Halal-certified brand.
This is a snack café by pluseightytwo, offering a huge range of interesting corn dogs like fishcake and cereal corn dogs.
You can also find basic Korean fare like tteokbokki (Korean spicy rice cakes) and Korean ‘yangnyeom’ (sweet and sour) chicken served in the exact same dishware you can find at any bunsik in Korea.
If you want to end your meal on a sweet note, try out their croffles with a scoop of gelato!
Do note that they are not Halal-certified.
Remember to tag @theurbanwire on Instagram if you are trying our recipe or any of our recommendations above.