Most people love eating corn dogs. It is a dish that is simple enough to make and stands out with a sweet cornbread coating. However, there is one version of the dish that is called Korean corn dogs, and it is a popular street food trend. It involves having French fries in the batter for a great flavor combination.
How Korean Corn Dogs Are Different
Korean corn dogs are very much like the classic American version. They are hot dogs or sausages plunged into cornmeal and diced potato batter and deep-fried until golden. Other ingredients can also be used instead of the potatoes, and some recipe versions include mozzarella in the center. Many people like their corn dogs with ketchup and mustard and some prefer them with sprinkled sugar.
Korean corn dogs appeared in South Korea in the 1980s when they became a popular street food trend. They are different because cornmeal isn’t an ingredient that was easy to find and use back then. So, people used a yeasted batter coated with panko bread crumbs instead. Now, the dish has become more popular thanks to the rise of social media and the fact that it is packed with ingredients that are beloved throughout the world.
Making Korean Corn Dogs — Ingredients
- 6 hot dogs
- 6 skewers
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup cold water
- 1½ cups panko bread crumbs
- 1½ cups cubed French fries
- Vegetable oil
Making Korean Corn Dogs — Directions
Making Korean corn dogs is not difficult at all. The necessary ingredients are, in general, present in most kitchens, and you don’t even need a deep fryer because you can apply the recipe to an air fryer (if you’re lucky enough to have one!).
Start by mixing the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and cold water to create a batter. Next, insert a skewer into each hot dog and coat them with a good amount of batter. Now, roll in the crushed French fries and panko bread crumbs, and freeze for 20-30 minutes.
Now, heat the vegetable oil to 350°F and fry the battered corn dogs until they become golden brown. This should take 4-5 minutes.
When golden brown, drain the corn dogs on paper towels and serve with a sauce of your choice, (ketchup and mustard are good options). You can use cheese sticks instead of hot dogs or mix the two, as well as any kind of topping.
If you want to make Korean corn dogs in an air fryer, just preheat it to 400°F and use cooking oil on all sides of your corn dogs. Air fry them for 10 to 15 minutes and rotate them halfway through for even results.
Could dreams have anything to do with people’s everyday lives? New research seems to suggest that this could be the case, and remembering and interpreting dreams can give people guidance and messages from the brain.
The Brain Sends Messages to the Mind Through Dreams
While dreams may appear very random, they’re far from it. Looking at several dreams and when they occur in life reveals that they embody ongoing concerns, events, and happy events. They can show how someone views themselves and their relationship with the world. One recent research was done in 2020 where people dreamed about social distancing and other themes pertinent at the time. The research showed that dreaming and waking mind are closely linked.
Dreams Express Hopes and Fears Through Images
So, dreams can imitate life but they also often defy common sense. According to neuroscience, this is because during the REM sleep phase, the secondary visual cortex, which is responsible for forming images from memory and imagination, is more active than when a person is awake. Thus, the prefrontal cortex responsible for logic and censorship is significantly tamped down and a person’s usual thoughts, hopes, concerns, and fears get expressed in a visual story format instead of a logical, verbal-reasoning way.
Dreams Often Warn the Mind About Something
The brain strings together a seemingly random plot by going through loosely related memories and worries. Then, it feeds the mind images and pictures in dreams to get a response. This is a way in which the brain is actively testing the mind and getting it through hypothetical scenarios. Some scientists believe that’s a function to get one ready for unexpected situations. Still, those scenarios have something in common with the surroundings and events around a person’s life. The unusual narratives people experience in their dreams are then used by the mind to make better sense of the world.
So, how can all this knowledge help someone read the meaning behind their dreams? There can be many approaches to that. People can pay attention to the feelings and emotions they have in their dreams, especially the stronger ones. It’s likely that those are emotions that are currently having a hold on them. People can also focus on who they’re dreaming about. Certain people can remind them of certain experiences and bring out the best in them. Another important thing to look for in a dream is the entirety of the sequences in it. The message could be clear or not, but focusing on the totality of the experience might bring clarity.