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Korean Style Croquettes

November 15, 2012

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MMMMM Deep fried anything… okay, before we start this FAPFAP, do you guise know what croquettes are? Because we only discovered them in Korea and we assumed that they were French because of the name, but they may not actually be French. French readers! Do you have croquettes in France? Other country readers! Do you too? Let us know where you are from if you do have them. I’m sure we have them in Toronto, they’re just not readily available at the many bakeries I’ve personally been too. Anyhoo, we are judging theses croquettes based on our experiences of Korean croquettes only, so I’d really love to hear input from anyone who has tried the croquettes in both Korea and in other parts of the world!

So this little shop called Chilly-Cha-Cha we stumbled upon just by chance when we decided to wander down a street in Hongdae we had never gone down. That is really the best way to get to know any area in Korea, just go for a walk and see where it leads you. There tend to be amazing coffee shops and restaurants hidden down the randomest alleyway. Just when you think a street is totally residential and void of all shops, you’ll stumble upon an orange glow and soon discover some random adorable coffee shop filled with customers happily sipping their secret coffee. SO MANY SECRET LOCATIONS! Hongdae is really filled with locations like this because it has so many alleys that extend off the main street (aka Parking Lot Street). Most people just stick to the sparkly main road or wander only a few restaurants away from the main street. WELL WANDER!!! I COMMAND YOU TO WANDER DO YOU HEAR ME! < ----Go back and read this in an echoey playlist mode voice... Really not much else for me to talk about in this post because the video really embodied all our warm feels for the food. Simon and I disagree about our favourite choices, but really, all of them are quite yummy. Except you scary mystery meat. UUMMMMM… what was I going to say...OH! I know! I took a picture of the menu for you because it's totally in Korean (maybe one of the downsides to wandering off the tourist path) but don't worry, I translated it for you as best as I could. But what about mystery croquette? I rely on you, faithful readers, to let us know what it was we ate! Was Simon right with liver or was I right with fishcakey filling? Oh and if you visit the shop, let them know two crazy foreigns who made a video and ate eight croquettes sent them there, they'll know what you're talking about. :D Here is their business card with directions: Hapjeong station is the bottom left corner, and Sangsu Station (the one that we started from in our video) is in the bottom right corner. We took Sangsu Station, exit 1 and just walked straight until we hit the Dunkin Donuts on the corner, and we hung a right onto Parking Lot Street. Then head on an angle towards the Family Mart (the first street on your left) and walk down that about 2 minutes until you see Chilly-Cha-Cha on the corner. Croquette card

The menu: we translated just half, the rest of the menu had ddukkbokki, u-dong noodle soup, and drinks!

Croquette menu

And, of course, we’ve got some extra scenes. We try to solicit a street kitty to sit and eat with us. But the kitty is an anti-social jerk! Why aren’t Korean street cats friendly? Street cats in Toronto: I pet so many of them back in the day! In Korea, though, they all run away. Not a single one wants to be nice. Ah. That’s a topic for another video.

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  1. I love croquettes!
    THEY TASTE SO DERIOUS!!!!
    We make them for guests cause its like a lighter version of a samosas (yes I’m south asian but not indian ^.~), But i’m not sure if its a french food since we make those kinds of things aswell. I think we have another name for it but i cant remember :/

    3 years ago
  2. Maybe the kitties dont like your looks….. :-)

    3 years ago
  3. cool i from denmark and i think this is cool thanks if i could come to korea but i need to wait to when i’m 18 and have enough of money

    3 years ago
  4. mmmmmmmmmmm!!! those croquettes look delicious!!!! i’m hungry now!! your warning was too late!!!!! i shall now hold you responsible for my hunger!!! mwahahaha!!!
    wow i find it sorta weird the first time you guys had croquette was in Korea!!
    well anyway my mom makes it so that’s why i ate them tons of times!

    3 years ago
  5. We have them in Miami. We call them croquetas. People from Cuban decent are the ones that eat it the most. It’s like a stapple food to them. The make them out of ham, or chicken. They even make sandwiches with them. So Yummy!! :-)

    3 years ago
  6. I was watching an episode of Tasty Road yesterday and Eli from U-Kiss and NS Yoon Ji went to a burger place that I think you guys should check out :) If you can! You can see what I’m talking about here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miOyr2-Fjl8&list=FLM-hpkQ30V6r6HmZt_9CAKw&index=1&feature=plpp_video at around 28:50

    3 years ago
  7. Dammit, you’re warning came to late >O<
    I'm soooooo hungry~ luckily for me I always hide some snacks under my bed. I was prepared!!! (o^ . ^o)

    3 years ago
  8. Hey Simon and Martina they do still sell the apple pies at Mcdonalds its like 2 for $1.

    3 years ago
    • Not where I live. They raised the stupid price to like 2 for $1.89. Grrr! They are still worth it though. So yummy! I like the cherry ones too! Ooh, I think I might treat myself to some tomorrow for my birthday!

      3 years ago
  9. Well, actually, that’s only true in France. In the french speaking part of Belgium, the word “croquette” is used for… well, the deep fried thing xD It’s because croquettes are not french, just like fries are definitely not french. They’re from up north, Belgium, the Netherlands, maybe Germany. We love our deep fried stuff x)

    So yes. Remember. NOT french. x)
    (we do use the word “croquette” for cats’ and dogs’ food too. but really, the situation can’t be misunderstood, so yeah :P)

    3 years ago
    • In Germany croquettes are little “potato fingers”, like fries, but much bigger and more soft in the inside and they are called Kroketten :) But I also don’t know where the word is from .

      3 years ago
  10. I did the “one of a kind” dance/song immediately…

    3 years ago
  11. i am the only one that thought the couple in the beginning, (the guy with a pink shirt and a girls with a fluffy jacket), was adorable? ^-^

    3 years ago
  12. Martina is so hip that she wears not one but two hoods! :-)

    3 years ago
  13. McDonalds still sells those pies ^^

    3 years ago
  14. This is my favourite Fap Fap! I felt like I had to fly over to Korea immediately to get my hands on those croquettes. Why didn’t you try the mystery flavoured croquette?

    3 years ago
  15. I FOUND WHAT KKANGJANG IS! Kkangjang – “fermented soybean and vegetable stew”

    3 years ago
  16. We also have croquettes (mostly with ground beef) in Aruba (the Caribbean)!

    3 years ago
  17. In mexico we had “croquetas” which is basically the spanish word for it… the ones i had as a child were usually filled with tuna and potatoes (and i love them) but i know what you mean, here in Canada, i have never come across anything like it!

    3 years ago
  18. I was luckily eating a sandwich when I watched this.
    But it looked meagre compared to your noms ;A;

    3 years ago
  19. XD… well, Croquettes are quite a traditional food here in Italy, but we eat them in the salt version…actually we make them with mashed potatos, eggs, black pepper, cheese and parsley…we also have the rice croquettes (with white rice and ham), while the ones with tomato’s salsa, rice, ham and peas are called “Arancini” and they are also a traditional dish, expecially in Sicily…so they do exist also in korea…That’s awesome!! ^_^

    3 years ago
  20. The feral cats might not be friendly because they have learned to be wary of humans due to some sort of negative interaction in the past. Maybe some people tried to kick them when they approached?

    3 years ago
  21. They do sell those apple pies at mcd’s. By me..im in NJ..you can get 2 for $1. :-D

    3 years ago
  22. I’m originally from Italy and we have then there. and they are sooo YUMMY! By the way we’re visiting Korea at the moment and your videos are my guides to awesome places… Like Hello Kitty Cafe and Mandus :D THANK YOU <3

    3 years ago
  23. i always thought croquette was pronounced “crow-ket” and croquet (the sport) was pronounced “crow-kay”?? maybe it’s an accent thing :) either way they look delicious, i want to try the curry one!

    3 years ago
  24. 깡장 is short for 깡된장. It’s just unprocessed 된장. But has a very strong flavor normally.
    The soup you make with 깡장 and vegetables and pieces of pork is very good and popular! It’s also just called 깡장. So maybe the croquette you had was modeled after that soup.

    3 years ago
  25. Nic

    sounds so fancy for pet food hehe

    3 years ago
  26. Well in Montreal, the word croquettes is the French translation for nuggets, like chicken or fish nuggets. And it’s totally 1:00 am here in Australia and I’m starving.. Not cool.

    3 years ago
  27. Grrrrr…gotta love how ya’ll put up the warning past the halfway mark…not!

    3 years ago
  28. Well, I’m from Montreal, and Croquettes is the French word we use for nuggets. Like chicken or fish nuggets.

    3 years ago
  29. now THATS hilarious

    3 years ago
  30. Nic

    I’ve only really seen them at Japanese places here.

    3 years ago
    • Nic

      oh wait, I do remember seeing them once at a Korean place in Sydney… a tiny Korean bakery.

      3 years ago
  31. I googled it and apparently “Kkangjang is a type of rich bean paste that harks back to old Korean bean paste traditions. ” Not sure if that’s correct, though. XD

    3 years ago
  32. The Korean version of the croquettes is closer to its Japanese cousin the korroke, which is mashed potatoes which are breaded and fried. :-)

    3 years ago
  33. *salivates* those look delicious!!

    3 years ago
  34. BBBAAAAA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!! Pet food is delicious.

    3 years ago
  35. I’ve never seen croquettes in Norway. The fruit one sounds delicious!

    3 years ago
    • Croquettes are very common in Norway, but they are almost never called that. ‘Fiskepinner’ (‘fish-sticks’) is a small fish croquette usually eaten with mashed potatoes.
      There are also bigger croquettes with meat, fish or veggies found in most supermarkets. It’s not usually found as snack food, but rather served at dinner.

      3 years ago
      • I forgot about fiskepinner. It has been an eternity since I last saw them at the dinner table. D:
        But I believe there are no fruit croquettes, right? .-.

        3 years ago
  36. Yes, we dutch people love croquettes! ^^ We call them ‘kroket’ :)

    3 years ago
  37. I know croquettes from germany… but here it’s just fried mash potato nothing else in there, only mashed potatos ^^

    3 years ago
  38. Croquettes are a Dutch snack that we eat mostly with french fries, but we sometimes eat them just with bread as a normal snack

    3 years ago
  39. We have them in the Netherlands too ^^ :D

    3 years ago
    • Dutch croquettes filled with beef are the best. We call them Kroketten or Bitterballen. Sold them at a school festival in Japan, very popular ^^

      3 years ago
  40. They have croquettes in the U.S too. My mom makes chicken croquettes and potato croquettes for Thanksgiving, and they’re really good! I’m pretty sure you’re right about them coming from France though^^

    3 years ago