Are Korean Corn Dogs Halal?

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Many people observe a halal diet. While this is mostly an Islamic custom, there are people who eat it because they prefer animal treatment. 

But, this means these people must be meticulous about what they order away from home. When it comes to Korean Corn Dogs, this can get confusing.

Well, are Korean Corn Dogs halal? Unfortunately, no, they’re not. However, you can make them at home or find a restaurant that offers them. 

There are places all over the world that make them with halal meat, using things like turkey sausage, 100% beef, chicken links, or just cheese.

Let’s dive deeper.

About Halal Meat & Korean Corn Dogs

In Islamic law, halal is anything that is allowable or permissible. 

This applies to every aspect of Muslim life, not just meat. However, most Westerners understand halal to be solely in relation to meat. 

This is in reference to the way a butcher slaughters an animal using a particular method, which follows by a proper Islamic blessing.

However, some meats are always illegal regardless of how the animal died. 

One of these is indelibly pork. Pork sausage is the typical main ingredient in Korean Corn Dogs. 

Therefore, most people who follow a halal diet cannot consume them.

Even if a restaurant does sell Korean Corn Dogs with only cheese, a person observing strict halal can’t eat them. 

This is because the pork touches all the other ingredients at some point, unless a restaurant features halal meat. 

Places that Serve Halal Korean Corn Dogs

Because of growing Muslim populations in places like the US, Korea, Singapore and the UK, people are attempting to capitalize on it. 

Therefore, several quality restaurants serve 100% pure and clean halal Korean Corn Dogs. They don’t touch any pork at any time, along with storing and preparing the ingredients separately.

The small list below indicates some of the places that do offer them internationally. If there is no restaurant listed below in your area, you can call your local Korean Corn Dog place and ask them about it.

1. Busnik – London, UK

There are two Busnik locations in London and both serve certified halal Korean Corn Dogs

While the restaurant does still serve pork to other customers, their halal selections are entirely separate. 

They take great care to ensure the pork doesn’t touch anything intended for halal customers.

They have three types of corndogs that are perfectly fine for this diet:

  • Cheese & Cheese: Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese & Cheese Sauce
  • Premium Beef Sausage: 100% Halal Beef with or without Cheese
  • Potato Mozzarella: Half cheese with Potato rather than meat

2. Chunz – Singapore

Another great place for a good halal Korean Corn Dog is at Chunz in Singapore. They certify that all their meat is 100% halal and they are in the process of getting halal certification. 

Chunz has only been in operation a short time and yet they’ve garnered worldwide fame, specifically for their halal selections. 

Their menu has several styles of Korean Corn Dogs, all of which you can customize. 

3. Kongdog – NYC, New York, USA

With several locations around New York City and in Albany, Canada, Kongdog does offer halal options on their menu. 

You can get any of their crispy crunchy coatings and toppings around just cheese, 100% beef sausage, potato, or chicken links. 

Simply indicate your diet so they know how to prepare your food.

4. Seoul Dog – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

For some of the best halal Korean Corn Dogs, Seoul Dog in Ottawa is quite popular. Their menu only features 100% beef sausage and there are no pork options on the menu. 

There are many other dishes too along with soju, all of which are halal.

How to Make Halal Korean Corn Dogs at Home

The best way to ensure your Korean Corn Dog meets halal standards is by making it at home. The following recipe yields eight of these crispy and crunchy delights. 

The most important thing about making this is that you have to keep all the ingredients cold until they deep-fry.

Items You’ll Need

  • Pan or Deep Fryer
  • 2 Large Plates
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board

Ingredients

  • 8 Halal Meat Sausages (Chicken, Beef or Turkey)
  • 8 Sticks of Cheese (Mozzarella, Cheddar or Parmesan)
  • 1 Egg (extra large)
  • 1¼ Cup Flour (Rice, Wheat or Both)
  • 1 Cup Panko or Breadcrumbs
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • ⅓ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying
  • Spicy Ketchup & Mustard (or other spicy condiment sauce)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, blend all the dry ingredients: salt, flour, baking powder and sugar. Put a hole in the center and crack the egg into it along with the milk. Mix until everything is smooth. Put the bowl into the fridge.
  2. Cut the halal sausages in half along with the cheese sticks. Skewer the meat and top it with the cheese. Place these on a plate and put it into the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Heat the deep fryer or frying pan to 350°F (180°C). You must maintain this temperature throughout the cooking process. It’s the only way the cheese won’t seep through the batter.
  4. Quickly take out the sausage-cheese skewers and batter. Dunk the skewers into the batter, ensuring you coat all sides and immediately stick it into the hot oil. Cook for five minutes until crispy and brown.
  5. Dust another large plate with some sugar, roll the dogs in them and evenly coat while hot. Top with your spicy condiments and enjoy!

Conclusion

While most Korean Corn Dogs are not halal, there are ways to obtain ones that are. When in doubt, you can always make them at home. 

However, it’s worth contacting your local Korean Corn Dog place to ask.

About The Author

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Jason Park

Jason has been living in Seoul over 4 years and during that time, he has experienced a lot of the city's quirks and charms. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others who are interested in learning more about South Korea.

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