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Trying Korean corn dogs at San Antonio’s new Mochinut

International chain Mochinut, which established its first San Antonio location in the summer of 2021, opened a Stone Oak location earlier this week on Saturday, January 8. Back in October, the donut shop began serving up a small batch of eclectically dressed Korean corn dogs.

When I first heard the news of the new Mochinut opening, I realized I’ve managed to abstain from the Korean corn dog trend despite their surging popularity in the Bexar County metro area. I like to stay reasonably informed, so something had to give. With tales of siren-like Flamin’ Hot Cheeto-crusted dogs swirling in my head, I took the opportunity to visit the new suburban snack-stop and try Korean dogs for the first time. 

What is a Korean corndog?

Outside of Mochinut, local pop-ups like Sjang have helped put Korean corn dogs on people’s radar in San Antonio. On social media and at various outposts across the globe, they’ve risen to novel culinary prominence over the past year. 

A December 2021 Bon Appetit magazine feature, “This Was the Year of the Korean Corn Dog” differentiates the common “state fair” style corn dog from the Korean variety by noting the latter’s indulgent ingredients. Your standard corn dog is straightforward — a dog dipped in batter — but a Korean corn dog begins with a meat or mozzarella core (sometimes both). It is then battered and decorated with any number of fried toppings. At Mochinut, patrons can choose to adorn their cheesy dogs with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, fried potatoes, cheddar cheese, or crispy ramen. If you feel so inclined, you can also order a no frills “original.” 

Exploring Mochinut

Mochinut at Stone Oak. 

Mochinut at Stone Oak. 

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Like many suburban gems, you can find San Antonio’s second Mochinut location in a strip mall next to a vape shop. I arrived at the counter feeling unsure. Did I even like corn dogs? As I scanned the menu, I was distracted by a colorful case of confections. Stressed by the burden of choice, I ordered a Thai milk tea to soothe my spirit. It came in a slender plastic cup with a pastel straw. I finally settled on original and Hot Cheeto mozzarella corn dogs. Before taking my seat, I ogled the six different types of donuts in the donut case once more. The tiny fried wreaths flavored like churros, chocolate drizzle, lychee, coffee, peach and honeydew waited to be claimed like puppies at the pet store. The girl behind the counter asked if I wanted to bring home half a dozen — one of each kind. After driving all that way, it was an offer I simply couldn’t refuse. 

Donut case in one hand, syrupy tea in the other, I waited patiently for my crispy dogs. A bell chimed and a young couple in their late teens entered, likely on a similar journey, except entirely more romantic considering I brought my mom.  I could envision many more young couples braving Stone Oak traffic to sit at one of the little tables while mutually indulging. 

Mochinut's donuts are little wreaths of flavor. Choose from coffee, churro, chocolate drizzle, lychee, peach, and honeydew. 

Mochinut’s donuts are little wreaths of flavor. Choose from coffee, churro, chocolate drizzle, lychee, peach, and honeydew. 

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Mochinut is probably the perfect venue for a casual date. 

Finally my dogs arrived — colored bright chili pepper red and soft golden brown and boasting an enticing texture situation. I tasted both and immediately remembered that I indeed do not like corn dogs. This is an important detail because despite my general anti-corn dog ethos, I was surprised that I enjoyed the crisp flavor of the Korean corn dogs. Finally, I had successfully participated in the trend. 

Main Takeaways

Hot Cheeto mozzarella and original sausage corn dogs at Mochinut.

Hot Cheeto mozzarella and original sausage corn dogs at Mochinut.

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Each dog is affordable, retailing anywhere from $3 to $5 dollars. Offsetting the heaviness of the corn dogs, the donuts were very light and aesthetically pleasing. If you love to try new things or are in search of a cute spot to hangout with a date or a buddy (or in my case, a mother) then check out Mochinut next to the vape shop at 19202 Stone Oak Parkway.

 


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