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Korean Hot Dog Recipe (A.K.A. Korean Corn Dogs)

This summer we were introduced to K-Dogs, at a store in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Known as Korean hot dogs or corn dogs*, they are typically made of hot dogs (also called sausages†) or mozzarella cheese (or a combination of both), placed on sticks, dipped in yeasted batter and coated with panko breadcrumbs.

Then, they’re then deep-fried until they’re crisp and golden brown, dusted with sugar, and drizzled with ketchup, mustard, mayo, or all three.

The result: sweet, salty, and completely delicious. They’ve become a craze in Korea, quickly becoming one of the most popular street foods.

And shops are opening across the U.S., too; from San Diego across to New York.

There’s a recipe to make your own Korean Hot Dogs below.

  • A popular variation is the gamja hot dog (gamja means potato or French fries), where the dog is covered with french fries bits as well as the other coatings (photos #1 and #2).
  • The mozzarella dog is made with a thick mozzarella stick instead of a dog. If you like gooey, stretchy cheese, this one’s for you. You can combine mozzarella and dog on one stick (photo #3). Or, wrap cheddar around the meat, so it oozes out as you bite into the crispy-coated dog.
  • Looking for something else? How about trading the dog for Spam, rice cake, fish cake, or squid?
  • Want a change from panko or fries? Get crispy rice noodles or ramen noodles.

    With shops popping up nationwide, we’re fortunate to have one in our own town. Oh! K-Dog is a small chain with locations in Arkansas, Georgia, New York City, and Texas (and coming soon to Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey).

    There are lots of options, from the variations described above to a greater range of toppings and seasonings. Top your dog with:

  • Cheese Mustard (a creamier version of honey mustard)
  • Garlic Sauce
  • Gochu Hot Sauce
  • Honey Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Sugar
  • Sweet Chilli
    Then, season your topping with:

  • Coconut
  • Honey Butter
  • Onion Sprinkle
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Snowing (an herby cheddar cheese sprinkle)
    The company says that its most popular sauce combination is mix of ketchup, sweet chili, cheese mustard, and a sprinkle of honey butter.

    The runner-up in popularity is spicy gochu sauce and garlic sauce with an onion sprinkle.

    And, quite a few customers like it with the sugar coating, which is the traditional Korean way.
    Ready to make your own?


    We found two great recipes online, both with tips to create the perfect Korean hot dog.

    Start with this recipe from Foxy Folksy.

    You can use any type of hot dog or sausage: beef, chicken, pork, veggie.


    [1] Korean hot dogs: classic, with ketchup and mustard, or covered with french-fried potato bits (photos #1, #3 and #4 © OH! K-Dog | NYC).

    [2] Homemade Korean hot dogs, a.k.a. corn dogs. Here’s the recipe from Foxy Folksy (photo © Foxy Folksy).

    [3] Mozzarella can be combined with a hot dog (shown before and after battering and frying).

    [4] Party time!

    While Koreans like hot and spicy food—and Americans have adopted gochujang Korean chili sauce—we didn’t find heat options in the recipes we found, or in the restaurants, either.

    So feel free to add heat:

  • Gochujang or sriracha hot sauce
  • Hot mustard (e.g. Chinese mustard)
  • Minced jalapeño or other chili pepper
  • Spicy ketchup (add hot sauce to regular ketchup)
  • Sprinkle of Aleppo pepper, cayenne, crushed chili flakes, or wasabi
    Here are more corn dog tips from I Am A Food Blog.

    July is National Hot Dog Month, and July 21st is National Hot Dog Day.

    You’ve got plenty of time to plan for a K-dog party next year (photo #4).

    *They’re called corn dogs in Korea, only because they’re battered and fried on a stick like American corn dogs. However, American corn dogs are battered in a cornmeal batter—hence the name. Korean corn dogs are battered in a yeasted dough or a rice flour batter.

    †Hot dogs are a type of sausage. You can use a classic American frank or a thicker sausage.

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