Korean Corn Dog is gaining popularity around the world. But more than a street food, it is also a great and fun snack to make for your next movie night, game day, or K-drama binge session!
Classic corn dogs that originated from the US are simply sausages on a stick coated thickly with cornmeal batter then deep-fried, thus the name. With its popularity in the West, several countries have adopted it as part of their food culture too. And of course, South Korea being a diverse and flamboyant country, also made their version- with a flair!
What is a Korean Corn dog?
Korean corn dogs or Korean hot dogs are popular local street food, typically made of sausages or mozzarella cheese (or both together) on sticks wrapped with yeasted batter and coated with Panko breadcrumbs then deep-fried to golden. They are then dusted with sugar and drizzled with ketchup and yellow mustard.
The most well-known variation is the 'gamja-hotdog' (gamja=potato or french fries) wherein, aside from the usual coating, the corn dog is also covered with french fries bits.
There is also the mozzarella cheese corn dog, where a thick mozzarella stick is used, instead of a sausage. If you can't decide between the two, you can have them both in one. Cut the hotdog in half and place on a skewer, then place mozzarella stick next.
It is not limited to sausages and mozzarella, other variations use spam, (injneolmi) rice cake, fish cakes, squid, and cheddar cheese
The same goes with the coating, aside from panko and french fries, other options can be crispy rice and ramen noodles.
How to make Korean Corn Dog
- The first step is to skewer the sausages or mozzarella sticks. I used disposable wooden chopsticks for this which is a better option than metal because you will fry them in.
- Nest is to prepare the yeasted batter. After letting the batter rise, it should have a thick, sticky, and elastic consistency. This is important because it needs to cling to the hotdog as you roll it. This won't happen if the dough is too watery or too dry.
- Coating the sausage or cheese with the batter. I find that rolling instead of dipping the sausage on a stick in the batter is easier to do and you have more control over the thickness of the coating.
- Roll the coated sausage or cheese in Panko breadcrumbs and then with the french fries bits, if using.
- Fry in enough hot oil to reach halfway up the coated and breaded sausage or cheese. Turn and fry the other side once the bottom turns golden brown.
- Roll or sprinkle with granulated sugar and drizzle with ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise
These are best enjoyed freshly fried and still warm! However, if you do have some left, place them in air-tight containers or in individual sealed plastic bags. You can keep them in the fridge for at least 3 days. Reheat them using the microwave. It won't have the same crunchiness, of course.
You can also freeze them up to a month. When ready to eat, just put them in the oven from the freezer at 180°C / 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
You can use any type of hotdog or sausage you like. Beef, pork, chicken, combination, spicy, cheesy, or even veggie if you are on a vegan diet.
Yes, make sure to hydrate it first in warm water for a few minutes or until foamy before using it.
You can still make Korean corn dogs without yeast. Just add 3 teaspoons baking powder. Skip the resting period for the batter.
Although it will not have the same texture, regular breadcrumbs will also work. You can also try crushing crakers, toasted bread, or tortilla or other chips,
Korean Corn Dog
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 ¼ cup lukewarm water
- 1 ½ teaspoon instant dry yeast
- 5-6 pieces sausages/hotdogs
- 1 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1-2 cup frozen french fries thawed and cut into small cubes -optional
- Flour for dredging
- canola oil or corn oil for frying
MAKE THE BATTER:
- In a large bowl, combine and mix flour, sugar ,and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the lukewarm water in the middle and add the instant yeast. Let it sit for a few seconds to hydrate the yeast a bit.
- Using a wooden spoon, mix from the middle going outwards until a wet, sticky dough is formed. Mix until smooth and no longer lumpy and gluten forms, about 3-5 minutes.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it doubles in size.
- Once the dough is ready, start to heat about 3-inch oil in a deep pan to 160°C/315°F.
PREPARE THE SAUSAGES
- Skewer the sausages on wooden skewers or chopsticks.
- Place panko and and cubed French fries, side-by-side on a baking pan or on separate plates. Transfer the batter on a baking pan.
- Dredge a sausage in flour coating it thinly, tap to remove excess flour. Roll the sausage in the sticky dough until it wraps around the hotdog.
- Now, roll it in the potato cubes, lightly pressing with your hands so they will stick to the dough. Next roll it with panko to fully cover the dough.
- Fry coated corn dogs directly in hot oil for about 6 minutes turning it in between once the bottom part turns brown.
- Remove the fried corn dog from the oil and liberally dust with sugar then drizzle with ketchup and mustard.