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Corn dog or Hot dog?

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Pancakes, eggs, and bacon in bed for breakfast, or 떡국 (Tteokguk) on the first day of the year? Do you crave your grandmother’s gumbo soup, or her comforting 김치찌개 (Kimchi-jjigae)? Is your favorite fried food a cornmeal battered American corn dog, or street food Korean hot dog?
Food is the fuel to our body and what we look forward to any time, anyplace, and anywhere. South Korea and the United States of America have, for obvious reasons, fairly different cultures, especially cuisine-wise. But, what unites the dishes all over the world, are the occasions and hungry stomachs everywhere.
A list compiled below is where you can learn about the various foods eaten throughout America and Korea, and what unique connections they share. Then after reading, choose which is your favorite or what you would like to try the next time you go out to eat.

[BIRTHDAY]
USA : Cake- In America, cake is the most common food, let alone dessert, to be found at birthday celebrations. The number of candles on the cake will usually correlate with the birthday person’s age, celebrating their life as an individual.. Cakes can range from a triple dollar, several-tiered, incredibly decorated, children’s birthday cake to a simple chocolate-flavored one.
KOREA : 미역국 Miyeok-guk- 미역국 is a traditional seaweed soup dish, served during breakfast of the birthday celebraters. The dish symbolizes the honor of the mother, who bore the baby in her body for nine months, the process of the pregnancy, and the individual being celebrated on their special day.

[STREET FOOD]
USA : Corn dog- Found at carnivals, festivals, your local Costco, and sometimes at street food stands, is the iconic corn dog. Founded in Texas, America by German immigrants during the 1920s, is the hot dog skewered, rolled in cornmeal batter, and deep fried.

KOREA : 감자핫도그 Korean Hot Dog- Though inspired by America’s local party food, Korea’s 감자핫도그 is their spin on American corn dogs. The main difference reviews reveal is the batter. Instead of cornmeal, Korea uses yeasted dough or rice flour batter, and after the deep frying process is a sprinkle of sugar. This seemingly minuscule change is what seems to make Korean hot dogs so appealing- the change in the batter makes the hot dog crispier and chewier. Sometimes, diced fried potatoes will be what looks like spiking out of the hot dog, giving it a 3d look and a great treat for savory tastes.
Fun fact: Koreans don’t always use hot dogs in their 감자핫도그! They’ll substitute it with other meat like pork or beef and sometimes even rice cake!

[NEW YEAR’S DAY]
USA : Veggies- Like a majority of cultures around the globe, America believes in certain foods bringing prosperity and good fortune for the new year. Typically in America, however, there is no unique dish dedicated to the first day of the year. However, according to traditional Southern practices, consuming black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread represents monetary prosperity.

KOREA : 떡국 (Tteokguk )- Korea is another country that celebrates a culture in which food can bring luck and a pleasant new year. Eating 떡국 is an incredibly commonly practiced custom in Korea. 떡국 can be eaten on any day of the year, but eating it is especially important on New Year’s Day in Korea (which can be January 1st or Seollal, a Lunar New Year celebration and the most traditional celebrated holiday in Korea). 떡 is a rice cake, and the one used in 떡국 is small and circular, taking resemblance to coins and symbolizing wealth. They are also white, which marks purity and cleanliness.
By Bahnya Kim

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