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.


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

  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.

  3. Here’s a blog that tells you how to make 깡장
    They claim it’s meat, seafood, and soybean paste.

  4. the couple in the background was so cute!

  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.

  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

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

  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.


  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?? *____*


  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!!!

  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.

  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!

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

  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 !! ^^

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

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

  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.

  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!!

  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

  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.

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

  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…


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

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

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

  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.

  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!!!

  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)

  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.

  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)

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

  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

  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!!

  34. Coincidence! I just saw mac and cheese croquettes at Whole Foods not an hour 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 *-*

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

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

  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)!

  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.

  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~~

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