Crispy. Cheesy. Meaty. Cheesy and meaty. Not so cheesy or meaty if you like. But always crispy.
In Korea, what Americans call “corn dogs” they call “hot dogs,” so the name Myungrang Hot Dog itself is a rather beautiful form of Konglish-gone-street food type of wording—and they are finally coming to the stomach of locals as the international brand opens its first Long Beach location at 4501 E. Carson St. (the small strip mall that is home to the divine Vino e Cucina).
And the tangible result is an incredibly addictive little bit of hand-held gastronomy: A secret, ultra-crispy, panko batter coats pretty much anything that can be shaped into a hot dog, be it an actual beef dog or an entire stick of mozzarella.
You can also bounce between variations: There’s a mozzy-and-sausage version, a beef dog-and-cheddar version, a fried rice cake stick for those wanting to skip the meat and dairy entirely. There’s one covered in potato cubes that will either allure starch lovers like myself or intensify someone’s internal, food-driven trypophobia-gone-3D.
And yes, there’s one which uses a deeply dark hued squid ink batter wrapped around mozzarella.
One Zo / Myungrang Hot Dog will be located at 4501 E. Carson St.