Walking around for Saturday lunch throughout 2021, I’ve encountered scores of hungry, happy hypebeasts in line for Korean corn dogs at Two Hands Seoul Fresh (Nolita, East Village) and Oh K-Dog (Lower East Side, West Village).
Sometimes I think, why can’t I get a corndog? What makes the cool kids deserve a meme-meal, besides a Supreme hoodie and a TikTok account with over 1,000 followers?
I thought the K-dog trend had just about passed me by, until discovering a carb-y, cheesy, very fusion-y menu of deep-fried gems this afternoon at Mochinut — with (almost) no line!
The half-mozzarella Hot Cheetos dog seemed like an obvious choice for maximum meme-age. I picked up a Lotus-cookie topped Vietnamese coffee mochi donut for the wait, as well as a Bai drink, and had a little moment with Ed Sheeran’s ‘South of the Border’ on the speakers.
Such an underrated song.
Taking the corndog from across the counter, I was impressed by the heft — this thing felt like a small puppy — as well as the angry-red Hot Cheetos coating. K-Dogs, if nothing else, are attention-grabbers, even in a city designed to grab your attention.
As I bit into the K-dog, steaming mozzarella poured forth like white lava from magma rock. The hot dog inside was of the slim, meek, Oscar Mayer-variety, and was frankly overwhelmed by the abundant mozzarella and spicy-sweet Cheetos covering.
Too much cheese and too much spice, however, has never been a problem for me. I savored every bite of this virally decadent treat -— one of those all-too-rare meme-foods whose taste matches the photogenicity.
I give an 8.7 out of 10 for the Mochinut Hot Cheetos mozzarella corndog. Believe the hype, and don’t let the cool kids force you out of line — everyone deserves an NYC K-dog.
Until next time.