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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. Your fapfaps are so helpful! I’m staying in Hapjeong right now and I’m so going to check this place out

    4 years ago
  2. Tried to go to Chilly-Cha-Cha tonight and found it closed. It is either under renovation or has moved up – couldn’t read the sign. Just a heads up for those thinking of heading there.

    4 years ago
  3. Here’s a blog that tells you how to make 깡장
    They claim it’s meat, seafood, and soybean paste.
    http://blog.daum.net/asajung/117

    4 years ago
  4. the couple in the background was so cute!

    4 years ago
  5. The croquettes in Hawaii are like breaded, fried, mashed potato patties. I think they’re Japanese style croquettes, but I’m not completely sure. May sound weird, but I love them! They’re pretty common in Japanese stores/food places and the ones I’ve had are usually either just plain potato or have vegetables mixed inside with the potato, and sometimes they come with like a katsu sauce or something similar to that.

    4 years ago
  6. I’m from the French part of Canada and here Croquette is basically the generic terms for nuggets. I remember when I went to France and ordered “McCroquette” at McDonalds and the cashier seems to find it very funny LOL

    4 years ago
  7. We have croquettes here in Venezuela too ^^.. In spanish it’s “croquetas”.. I love them, especially the crab croquettes! Delicious~:D:D

    4 years ago
  8. I’m from Quebec (Canada) so I do speak french and there is something that is called “croquettes de poulet” which is chicken nuggets.

    CANADA FTW :D

    4 years ago
  9. “WELL WANDER!!! I COMMAND YOU TO WANDER DO YOU HEAR ME! < —-Go back and read this in an echoey playlist mode voice…" Yes! I did read it in an 'echoey playlist mode voice' XD

    "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." uuuu *____*

    "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" and the owner's reply would be:" Each of you receives one croquette free!" (or maybe not XD)

    "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." …and the guests of honour would be Dr. Meemersworth(translator) and a random kitten! XDD

    Thank you for the upload! :D

    P.S: have I told you how much I love your new website design?? *____*

    ♥♥♥♥

    4 years ago
  10. Those looking for Chilly Cha Cha, its at the bottom of a huge brown building with big red/orange flowers plastered on the sides. I got kind of lost looking for it since I came from Hapjeong Stn and that map on the name card wasnt as descriptive as I would’ve liked. So yeah. And really do try the basil and cream. It will not disappoint!!!

    4 years ago
  11. Hi, I’m from America, and it isn’t uncommon for my aunt to make what we call ‘croquettes.’ It’s basically mashed potatoes that you mix with veggies or chicken, and then you form a ball and pan fry it. I’m sure you could deep fry it if you wanted to. I don’t know if this is really an American dish that we stole the word for, or whether it’s just a thing my aunt does though.

    4 years ago
  12. I grew up on the southern US; my mom made salmon croquettes on Sundays. We ate them with syrup poured over them. Sounds gross, but they were really good!

    4 years ago
  13. In my part of Belgium “kroketten” filled with mashes potatoes, shrimp or cheese are a common and well-loved side dish or appetizer ^^

    4 years ago
  14. In France we use the word “croquette” as well for deep fried food, i don’t really know how to say that, but it’s made with mashed potatoes.
    And yes….pet food !! ^^

    4 years ago
  15. In Indonesia we have krokets and they’re basically potato croquettes stuffed with some minced chicken.

    4 years ago
  16. *dies laughing* the ganja one.. Martina’s reply: what are you gonna do? smoke that one? ahahahaha. love EYK!

    4 years ago
  17. Here in the US- most people pronounce them as Crow-kets- and it is pretty low grade food. XD You make them seem all fancy and frenchy- and here in the US they are more so associated with dinner foods. From what I understand Croquettes were invented as a way to reuse left over meat.

    Can’t really contribute to how American croquettes are since I am not a vegetarian, and the only time I made them they were Qunioa-Chickpea croquettes, and they were baked- not deep fried, and were very very dry.

    4 years ago
  18. wow. I’m from Indonesia and we have those croquettes here too. We call in “Kroket” Usually it’s filled with meat (beef or chicken) but not as full as the croquettes that you ate. Mostly, it’s 40% filling and 60% bread. Sooo.. I’m pretty envious with the croquettes that you. Looks mighty delicious!!

    4 years ago
  19. Oh i suddenly thought of what it’s like! It looks identical to “wu kok” (Cantonese for yam puffs) that they sell in dimsum places.
    I’ve never had the Korean ones before but the Japanese ones aren’t flaky

    4 years ago
  20. We have them in the U.S. In the south they are usually made with salmon, e.g. salmon croquettes, AKA salmon patties. Here in Hawaii they are also made with canned tuna fish, mixed with onions and various other seasonings, sometimes bound with an egg and flour/corn meal/cracker crumbs/ or japanese panko then deep fried although they are also pan fried sometimes. Because of Hawaii’s large asian population, tuna/salmon patties often contain tofu, bean sprouts and green onions etc.

    4 years ago
  21. Thank goodness I just ate. Looks soooo good! Definitely French in origin (croquer: to crunch), but you can pretty much find croquettes worldwide.

    4 years ago
  22. Indeed you are right as this word is used to described the dry pet food.

    But not only dear: “Croquette” is also a French dish (belive me I am French too) and fact that the word comes from the French language is for a reason…

    http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/croquette

    4 years ago
  23. i think croquettes are japanese, too, because I buy them from a local japanese market a lot

    4 years ago
  24. Artsy fartsy Hongdae huh? I saw a person with pink hair and another person with blue hair :O

    4 years ago
  25. HAHAHA I literally snorted I was laughing so hard when I read this!!! That’s too funny!!

    4 years ago
  26. Dang, now I want an apple pie from McDonald’s but I’m in my pajamas and I refuse to go out into the cold. Plus the two closest to me are closed, one for the night the other is being remodeled or something.

    Oooo and this week I tried Korean food for the first time ever and it was really delicious. However I forgot everything your FAPFAP’s taught me and I just starred at the menu very confused, but assuming everything would be delicious. The owner was really wonderful though and suggested some dishes my friend and I would enjoy as a first time Korean meal. Very, very delicious. Found my new favorite restaurant here. Now time to rewatch all your FAPFAP’s and learn what I should try next.

    4 years ago
  27. Should have had the warning at the beginning of the video lol :P
    Watching this when you are starving = really bad idea -___-
    All of the Croquettes looked sooooooo good!!!

    4 years ago
  28. Yay! A food I have tried before! I have only been able to find them in Japanese restaurants where I am from, but they are soooooo yummy! (Ps. don’t worry Martina I have to fight for my food from my boyfriend too XD)

    4 years ago
  29. We have them in Brazil, mostly they are filled with minced meat, cheese or fish. The dough is heavier here, I think, and they are usually cillinder shaped.

    4 years ago
  30. Hahaha there may have been a disclaimer in the middle of the video, but I watched it anyway… so much regret! hahaha So hungry! Now anything I make to eat won’t be as tasty!

    I’ve seen Croquettes in Australia, though only Potato ones and Chicken ones (which were really large chicken nuggets)

    4 years ago
  31. Question, do all the croquettes (minus the fruit one ) have mash potatoes in them?

    4 years ago
  32. In Daegu, there’s a very popular bakery that is famous for its Korean croquettes. In stead of deep frying them, they just bake them… and to be honest, it tastes SOOOOOO much better!! After eating at that bakery, I cannot buy Korean croquettes anywhere else

    4 years ago
  33. They are done with Panko I think! I had these at a minshuku (private guest house) while in japan, and I ate curry potato ones. Mah feels! I never knew what they were called!!

    4 years ago
  34. Coincidence! I just saw mac and cheese croquettes at Whole Foods not an hour ago.

    4 years ago
  35. I recognized it was Hongdae! Wooh! Just because I watched the 34th episode of Running Man. They’re eating a lot of food in Hongdae in that episode. I would have been awesome if you visited all those yummy places. I’m going to visit them all *-*

    4 years ago
  36. I’ve had apple pai at McDonald’s once, but they’re not selling them in Norway anymore…:/

    4 years ago
  37. When I was in Japan, they also had croquettes at many places.

    4 years ago
  38. Fortunately I’m neither hungry nor on diet (I should be, though), but I’d love to try those basil cream ones because I absolutely love the taste of basil (PESTOOOO)!

    4 years ago
  39. Nooooooo! Not Almost Paradise! Get it out of my head!
    I had croquettes in Japan, but I have no idea where they actually originate.
    P.S. Loved your LOTR reference :) The talking trees are Ents.

    4 years ago
  40. You two are always so stylish, I can never get over it. XD

    Croquettes, hmm, something I love to have for breakfast.. Coming from a Hispanic background (both of my parents are Cuban), we have what in Spanish are called croquetas, as some have mentioned. ^^ They’re usually filled with ham, chicken or turkey, sometimes even cheese (but I suppose those would be called cheesesticks? Haha), and they’re really delicious. Croquetas can be eaten really at any time of the day, but in pastry shops and bakeries here in Miami, they’re usually sold in bulk for parties and/or for breakfast. I’ve attached a picture of what they usually look like. My dad usually makes them like this, so yummy. :)

    Gosh, Korea never fails to fascinate me… Korean croquettes here I come~~

    4 years ago
  41. There are tons of people that sell Croquettes in Toronto. Mainly in Chinese restaurants. They are very yummy and they come in various things. But anything that is fried, it is good. :)

    4 years ago
  42. I am so making these, probably a shepherd’s pie flavour and curry flavour, maybe a cheddar-bacon-hamburger flavour…

    4 years ago
  43. I was fasting when i watched this…shoulda took the warning seriously.
    Anyways, thanks for this video. Cuz my family is vegetarian-ish so this was nice.

    4 years ago
  44. I live in Germany and they have Croquettes here but they’re called ‘Kroketten’ and they aren’t really filled.. I actually think its a specialty of the area I’m in… Just moved here from California so not too sure XD but you get them usually with Schnitzel (pan fried breadcrumbed pork) Hope I helped ^-^

    4 years ago
  45. Sitting here. Eating a stupid subway sandwich. Wishing I was having what they’re having….Harumph…

    4 years ago
  46. It’s funny that the croquette is actually a French invention but apparently not even French people know this .

    I did a little research the oldest croquette recipe is really from France and it’s dated from 1691. However they were exported to the Netherlands at the end of the 18th century and became extremely popular there. Because they became worldwide popular through the Dutch, a lot of people still think they’re Dutch origin.

    Croquettes are widely popular in European countries, each with their own local recipes and variations. Except in France I guess. Lol the irony.

    4 years ago
  47. If you crave curry, I’m sure curry croquettes will pale in comparison to the real curries at this place:http://www.bihanee.com/ The food is awesome, authentic. It saved us in Korea when we needed a hit of different flavour, just down from Bupyeong station – totally worth the trip. We used to go there every few weeks, the guys that run it are so nice. Tandoori …. tikka masala … korma … mmmmmmmm

    4 years ago
    • Omg Indian food in Korea? :O Go there! Tell us if it tastes authentic, cause if I ever visit Korea, I’ll probably get homesick for some yum Indian food :D

      4 years ago
  48. I was going to say the same so… I’ll just add: I love the croquetas of jamón!! You can have some of them as main course in a meal or they can be eaten as tapas as well. As Ángela said, the most common are filled with jamón or chicken and even codfish.

    4 years ago
    • And also fish croquetas! I love eating croquetas, specially when my mum does them. But you can buy it at almost any supermarket.

      4 years ago
  49. We have croquettes in the USA. Salmon croquettes are popular in the area I’m in (Northern Kentucky). But also I see sometimes on menus “fritters” that seem to be the same thing. One Irish restaurant has Cheese and Chive Fritters and you dip them in spicy mustard and they are sooooo good. They also have Chicken Cordon Bleu fritters, yum!!!

    4 years ago
  50. i’m from germany and only know potato croquettes. they’re common here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croquette#Germany.2C_Austria_and_Switzerland
    but now i want to try the ones you had, i guess i have to make them myself because chances of me going to korea any time soon are 0%

    4 years ago
  51. I think croquettes are really common in whole Europe because they’re (almost) in every country.

    4 years ago
  52. 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 :/

    4 years ago
  53. Maybe the kitties dont like your looks….. :-)

    4 years ago
  54. 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

    4 years ago
  55. 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!

    4 years ago
  56. 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!! :-)

    4 years ago
  57. 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

    4 years ago
  58. 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)

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

    4 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!

      4 years ago
  60. 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)

    4 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 .

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

    4 years ago
  62. 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? ^-^

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

    4 years ago
  64. McDonalds still sells those pies ^^

    4 years ago
  65. 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?

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

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

    4 years ago
  68. 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!

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

    4 years ago
  70. 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!! ^_^

    4 years ago
  71. 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?

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

    4 years ago
  73. 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

    4 years ago
  74. 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!

    4 years ago
  75. 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.

    4 years ago
  76. Nic

    sounds so fancy for pet food hehe

    4 years ago
  77. 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.

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

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

    4 years ago
  80. now THATS hilarious

    4 years ago
  81. Nic

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

    4 years ago
    • Nic

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

      4 years ago
  82. 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

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

    4 years ago
  84. *salivates* those look delicious!!

    4 years ago
  85. BBBAAAAA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!! Pet food is delicious.

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

    4 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.

      4 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? .-.

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

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

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

    4 years ago
  90. We have them in the Netherlands too ^^ :D

    4 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 ^^

      4 years ago
  91. 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^^

    4 years ago