Hot dog! In Korea it’s called like that, but it’s a corn dog!


Korean corn dog is a very nostalgic food for me. When the sweet and salty smell of fried dough wafts through the air, I’m immediately transported back to my childhood, my old neighborhood, and summer vacation at the nearby amusement park.

Recently, corn dog treats that I remember growing up started to become a food trend outside of Korea. Many believe that mukbang food videos on social media are the reason Korean corn dogs are having their moment. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure, these dogs are delicious!

Corn dog or hot dog?

While young people familiar with American culture tend to call hot dogs just hot dogs, some older people call hot dogs so-se-ji-ppang. However, if you look for so-se-ji-ppang in a Korean bakery, you will most likely get a pizza-like sausage bun (or pizza ppang) that contains slices of sausage covered with toppings and cheese.

Before trying to order a corn dog from any of the food stalls you come across in South Korea, it’s important to use the correct name. In Korea, corn dogs are actually called hot dogs.

I have witnessed the potential problem that can arise with using the wrong name. I was at my favorite dumpling shop waiting to take an order and an American customer was queuing in front of me. He ordered a corn dog and fried chicken but the grandmother behind the counter only cooked the chicken. I saw the customer’s desperation as he kept asking for a corn dog, but with no sign or corn dog to point, he was getting nowhere with the cook.

I jumped in and let him know he wanted a hot dog, and the customer was relieved to know he was about to bite into the crispy treat soon. The lesson here is to make sure you know that Koreans call them hot dogs (pronounced “hat-do-geu”)!

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Photo by ChiHon Kim: Korean Sausage Bread

What is the difference between a Korean corn dog and an American corn dog?

If you’re American, you know the standard hot dog on a stick covered in a thick layer of sweet cornmeal batter and fried to golden brown perfection.

Korean corn dogs are similar but the dough is made from wheat flour and the quality of the sausages is different. A striking difference is that Korean corn dogs are served with a small sprinkle of sugar on top.

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What Makes Korean Corn Dogs Special?

Although the main difference is still in the dough, these days Korean corn dogs have been given a slight makeover. Instead of wheat flour batter, you’ll find many corn dogs in Korea are now coated in batter with rice flour or glutinous rice flour and a special frying powder that gives the finished product a soft and extra crispy consistency.

You’ll also find a variety of toppings ranging from classic sausages to mozzarella, cheddar, rice cakes, ground pork and more.

Photo courtesy of Myungrang Hotdog

My favorite place for corn dogs

Corn dogs aren’t just at food stalls, festivals, or amusement parks anymore. Head to the frozen food section of any grocery store and you’ll find plenty of corn dog options to make at home. But if you’re craving freshly made fries, you can head to chain stores like Myungrang Hotdog (명랑핫도그) or ChungChun Rice Hot Dog (청춘핫도그).


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Korean Corn Dog Places Near Camp Humphreys

• #NAVER Map Pin: Myungrang hot dog – Asan store

• HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• PHONE: 041-531-4001

You will find corn dog stalls in many corners of the peninsula as their popularity at home and abroad grows. Myungrang Hotdog is probably the most common and largest chain you will find in South Korea. Hailing from Busan, the company has had 660 stores since opening in 2016.

At Myungrang, you can order from a plethora of hot dog options with different fillings and toppings, ranging from 1,500 won to 2,000 won. Start with an original sausage. If you like cheese like me, have a mozzarella and cheddar hot dog. Their sweet potato and mozzarella version is my go-to dish and is topped with chunks of fried potatoes. And don’t forget to choose from three to four sauces to dip your corn dog in.

So next time you’re looking for a quick bite or a delicious treat, try the Korean hot dog!

Korean speaking

What’s your favorite Korean street food? Ga-jang joa-ha-neun gil-geo-ri eum-sigeun mwoeyo?

My favorite street food is a hot dog. Jeo-neun hat-do-geu-reul jeil joa-haeyo.

Would you like to go eat a hot dog? Hat-do-geu meo-geu-reo gal-lae-yo?

Can I have a hot dog? Hat-do-geu hana juseyo.

Would you like to sprinkle sugar on your hot dog? Seol-tang ppu-ryeo-deu-ril-kka-yo?

No thanks. Anyyo. Gwaen-chanayo.

It’s so delicious! Igeo jinjja massisseoyo.

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