Korean hot dogs, also known as ‘gamja-hot dog‘ in Korea, has gained recent popularity as more food spots began opening up offering Korean styled hotdogs.
You can look at the Korean Hot Dog more as like a American corn dog rather than an American hotdog which comes with a bun. The difference here is instead of the hot dog being covered with bread, its covered with fried potato and cheese.
Although potato is the most popular, these Korean restaurants have taken their chef skills and have come up with some creative options.
Today we will look at the top 5 Korean restaurants which offer Korean Hot Dogs in Toronto along with a rating for their food quality and pricing.
1) Chungchun Rice Dog
Address: 615 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K8
Overall Review: 8.5/10
ChungChun Hot Dog is a well known Korean hot dog chain with over 200 locations globally as of 2020, and several around the GTA.
The chain was first founded in 2017 in Seoul, South Korea with the goal of specializing in Korean hotdogs and perfecting it for their customers.
Its hard to compete with a restaurant which pushes its efforts to ensure their one product is the best in the business.
Food Quality Rating: 9.4/10
I would be lying too you if I said the food wasn’t good. ChungChun is the place you want to go to if you are looking for a variety of Korean-styled hotdogs.
Some popular Korean hotdogs are:
- Gamsung (potato + beef or chicken sausage)
- Half Mozzarella (cheese / beef sausage)
- Volcano (pork & chicken sausage)
- Chicken nugget (beef & chicken sausage)
Price Rating: 9.6/10
If you are looking to order 1 Korean hotdog can cost you anywhere from $5.99 to $7.99.
Call Now: (647) 325-6150
2) Kordog Korean Style Hotdog
Address: 335 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2L3
Overall Review: 8.1/10
Kordog Korean Style Hotdog is located in the World Food Market where they offer a wide variety if hot dog styles.
Although there is no website where you can learn about how the owners started the business, what you should know is its in a very convenient place near Ryerson University which is a hot spot for University students.
Food Quality Rating: 7.9/10
With so many options to choose from my personal favorites are the Kordog mozzarella cheese ($5.99), Kordog Takoyaki ($8.99), Kordog crazy (spicy) ($6.99).
Price Rating: 9.5/10
Prices range between $5.99 to $9.99 which is extremely fair for the quantity and taste you will get from 1 hotdog.
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Call Now: (647) 205-0442
3) Arirang Hotdog
Address: 5 Byng Ave, Toronto, ON M2N 0E6
Overall Review: 8.1/10
Arirang hotdog just like ChungChun is a very well known hotdog spot that was founded back in 2014 in South Korea and currently as of 2020 has over 500 locations globally.
Arirang also is known for a few other meals such as croquettes and donuts.
Food Quality Rating: 7.8/10
What I like about Arirang Korean Hot Dog is how creative they are with their food options.
For example they have the Poutine Corndog ($7.99) and the Churros Corndog ($7.49) along with the Curry Croquette ($5.99) and the Pizza Croquette ($5.99).
Price Rating: 9.1/10
Similar to all the other Korean Hotdog spots, you are looking to pay anywhere from $4.99 to $7.99 for one hotdog.
Call Now: (416) 223-0808
4) K Seoul Hotdog
Address: 712 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L4
Overall Review: 8.3/10
K Seoul Korean Hotdog is a walk-in spot located in Koreatown near Bloor & Bathurst.
What I liked about K Seoul was the over 20 different hotdog options you could choose from, which is a great spot to visit if you love hotdogs and want more variety.
They have everything from potatoe, yam, onion rings, corn and noodle versions of their hot dogs, and many special types like the dumpling hotdog which is definitely one you should try out.
Food Quality Rating: 8.9/10
Food is absolutely amazing. If this is your first time or if you are looking to try out a different style, try out the dumpling hotdog and the noodle dog.
Price Rating: 9.5/10
Prices for their hotdogs are mainly priced at $4.98 which makes them one of the more affordable and cheaper Korean hotdog spots in Toronto.
Call Now: (416) 537-9595
5) Myungrang Hot Dog
Address: 199 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1P9
Overall Review: 9.0/10
Myungrang Korean Hotdog was originally founded in Korea back in 2016 and quickly gained popularity eventually turning into a household name.
They have over 650 locations as of 2020 globally, and are now beginning to expand into Canada, starting off in Toronto.
The meaning of Myungrang is Korean for ‘cheerful’ which is definitely the vibe you get when you enter the restaurant.
They take pride in their cooking techniques, ingredients and how they ensure to keep their food as quality as possible regardless of how much bigger they get.
Food Rating: 9.6/10
After eating the Mozza & Cheddar hotdog stick, I felt that the way it was prepared was of higher quality than some of the other spots I went too.
The hotdogs were less oily, and more full of natural flavors which is something I personally look for when buying food from outside.
Overall Review: 9.0/10
What I found to be amazing was how good their quality of food was at their price point. They charge roughly the same ($7.99) for their hotdogs, and I personally think the quantity is a bit more when I visit this spot.
Call Now: (905) 919-2282
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Korean corn dogs also known as ‘Gamja hot dogs’ are most popularly known to be made out of sausages, mozzarella cheese, hash browns, and many other variations like noodles, shrimp and much more. After they are deep fried to provide you with the crispy and oily crunch.
The Korean hotdog is known in Korea as “Gamja hotdog” which is different than the normal American hotdog seen in a bun.
Instead the Korean hotdog is more like an American corn dog which is covered with fried potato, cheese and covered your choice of sauce toppings.
Like all foods which are fried, Korean hot dogs fall into the category of tasty, filling and satisfying.
Because of its crispy-ness, cheese filled and meat varieties, you can never really get tired of Korean hot dogs because there is just so much to choose from.
There are several types of Korean corn dogs, but this will greatly depend on the restaurant you are visiting.
Here are a few examples:
- Gamja hot dogs
- Crispy rice hot dogs
- Mozzarella hot dogs
- Ramen hot dogs
- Cornflake hot dogs
Korean corndogs are crispy on the outside, cheesy in the center, and filled with hotdog meat.
My personal opinion is do not reheat your Korean corn dog as with any fast food meal, it doesn’t taste as great.
However if you have leftovers and are feeling hungry, air fryer or baking your Korean hot dog is the best option and microwaving it will only ruin it further.
While Korean corn dogs may mix American corn dog recipes making them very similar, if you compare true Korean corn dogs from regular there are some differences.
American corn dogs use regular ingredients like cornflakes and batter, whereas Korean corn dogs will use Korean ingredients like rice and ramen.
You will also a distinct taste difference as Korean corn dogs are more crispy while regular corn dogs are softer like a hot dog.