What's The Difference: Corn Dog Vs. Korean Corn Dog
These hot dogs-on-a-stick are different, inside and out.
ILLUSTRATOR Roselle Miranda
The popularity of all things Korean including its food, is a global trend. While we binge-watch K-dramas, we also adore the creative ways Koreans have taken seemingly simple¬†food¬†and made these¬†totally delicious. That's what they did with the humble corn dog.¬†
Whether it's covered in cheese or doused in a sweet garlic-soy glaze, the Korean corn dog is one snack inspired by one thing and taken to gooey, stretchy heights. It's a hack on a classic American snack.¬†
What is a corn dog anyway? The classic corn dog is a hot dog that's been dipped into a batter and deep-fried¬†in oil until cooked through. Think of it as a hot dog with the bun cooked right on it so it's easy to eat without the hot dog slipping out when you take a bite.¬†
The yellow bread-like coating is similar to the batter used to make Southern¬†US cornbread, a quick bread made from cornmeal and commonly served as the side dish among others. It was allegedly first introduced in a food stall at a¬†state fair.¬†It was served on a stick so it could be eaten with ease while walking around the fair.¬†Which state fair¬†this¬†hot dog-on-a-stick¬†first appeared is highly debated.¬†
In any case, it has become an iconic food in many fairs and beyond because it's not only easy to eat, it's fun to eat and simply delicious.¬†
How is the Korean corn dog different from the original corn dog?¬†
1 The classic corn dog is¬†coated in cornmeal. The Korean corn dog is¬†coated in bread and breadcrumbs.¬†
One of the big¬†differences between these two fun and delicious snacks on a stick is what the hot dog is coated in. The classic version is coated in a cornmeal batter. Cornbread is traditionally both sweet and savory so plus the meaty hot dog inside, it's a great combo of flavors that satisfies. The Korean version is coated in simple yeasted bread dough and then rolled in crunchy Japanese-style or Panko breadcrumbs to give it extra crunch after frying.¬†
For those who truly want to go¬†beyond bread, there are some snack vendors who coat the Korean corn dog¬†in either small cubed potatoes or French fries, too.¬†
2 The classic corn dog contains a hot dog. The Korean corn dog has both a hot dog and a mozzarella stick.¬†
You have to¬†give it to the Koreans to make food as fun¬†to eat as it is delicious. While the classic corn dog is simply a hot dog coated in batter, the Korean¬†corn dog is more than just a hot dog. It is usually half hot dog and half mozzarella cheese. Combined with the crunchy coating, this results in a bite that is texturally different; it's both crunchy and gooey.¬†
3 The classic corn dog is commonly served with ketchup and mustard. The Korean corn dog is sometimes sprinkled with sugar.¬†
A corn dog is¬†basically still a hot dog and¬†when it's served on a stick, it's still served with ketchup and mustard. While the Korean corn dog¬†can be served in this same way,¬†some prefer¬†it more sweet than savory and tangy.¬†For these people, the Korean corn dog can be given a quick roll in sugar.¬†
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