Deep-fried, Rice-battered Hotdog

Once a month, I volunteer with a group to go to an orphanage to cook lunch for the kids. The kids are super sweet and I really enjoy cooking for them and playing with them. It’s also fun to see what kinds of food Korean children like and dislike. This time, we decided to do something a little different.

Here it is: the deep-fried, rice-battered hotdog

It is sorta like a corndog, but instead of a flour and cornmeal batter, you have rice that has been flavored with bits of carrot and red bell peppers. This rice is packed around the hotdog that has been impaled with a chopstick and rolled in a panko breading before deep fried.

Here’s a ring of them. It’s not bad. It’s like fried rice on a stick with a meaty center.

The kids loved them.
The inventor of this food is my good friend Hoya. You can read her blog (in Korean) at

Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee and entrepreneur that returned to Korean in 2005 because he wanted to try and find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007,, that became a local and international hit. He and his blog has been featured in the New York Times, Monocle Magazine, The Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Rudy Maxa, Olive Magazine, Euronews and much more. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications (, which is a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. In 2013, he started Brew 3.14 Pizza Pub. His food tours, cooking classes, and restaurant are ranked as some of the top attractions in Seoul according to the website tripadvisor. He lives in Korea with his wife.

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  • Sue Tofu

    holy crap that looks so freakin' good! i wants.
    (and the baby is so cute!)

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