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Top Dog for Korean Hot Dogs: An American Favorite With A Korean Twist in Los Angeles

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So, is it a corn dog? Is it a hotdog? What you need to know about this Korean street food in Los Angeles this summer

Top Dog is a hot dog that has been infused with Korean flavors in Los Angeles@topdog_us / Instagram

(Los Angeles, CA) - It's a hot dog! It's a corn dog! No, it's a Korean corn dog!

And it's full of delicious, stringy cheese.

It’s easy to get sick of eating the same old stuff, so being able to try hot dogs that are new and exciting is refreshing.

Korean hot dogs are like American hot dogs but with small differences. There's the type of batter they use, the method of how they fry it up, the toppings, and the sauces.

A cross between a hot dog and a corn dog, this Korean street food consists of a dog that has been coated in fermented flour and deep-fried.

Koreans have long loved corn dogs, and street vendors in most large cities serve these deep-fried treats.

These have only been seen outside of Korea since the mid-2010s due to the popularity of K-Pop groups and Korean culture influencing western countries.

How to eat Korean Hot Dogs in Los Angeles like a pro

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Anything is paw-sible: This twist on the American classic corn dog is a hit in Los Angeles, too.

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If you can't make up your mind about which kind of dog to order at Top Dog, try one filled with melty mozzarella.

It might sound weird, but it's a cross between a corn dog and a cheese stick.

The outside (which can be coated in a few different things, such as french fries or even chocolate) added a crunch and tangy kick that balanced out the really well.

The outside had a nice crunch, and the inside was warm and filled with gooey cheese.

It's not just the corn dog - it also has this amazing sauce that gives it a secret tangy kick.

The Elote Dog is another novelty corn dog on a stick, but that doesn't make it any less delicious.

This corn dog has a crispy corn coating with every bite and comes with roasted corn, topped with mayonnaise and Korean chili sauce.

For a fun twist on a traditional hot dog, try these innovative flavors: Brekkie Dog - wrapped in crunchy waffle style, dipped in maple syrup; or All Beef Dog - dipped in white sugar with a crunchy coating.

Top Dog in Los Angeles is a tiny spot located in Yes Plaza in Rowland Heights filled with restaurants, stores, and cafes.

The parking is convenient when the lot is open. Weekends are busy.

The ordering was speedy and easy. As soon as you walk in the door, there are self-serve kiosks to your left and right.

The time between ordering and receiving the hot dogs was only a few minutes.


Top Dog Los Angeles

18180 Colima Rd Ste B Rowland Heights, Los Angeles CA 91748

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