Korean corn dogs have become quite the staple at Manchester Christmas Markets but now lovers of the street food can soon experience it all year round with the arrival of Bunsik. The popular London brand has announced that it is heading North, opening a new site in Manchester later this summer.
Having gone viral time and time again, the Korean corn dog offers possibly one of the greatest cheese pulls you’ll ever see. With three popular branches in London – Chinatown, Embankment and Camden – the corn dog connoisseurs have become iconic in the capital, and are now making moves north with their first outpost in Manchester.
Set to occupy a space at Piccadilly Gardens, Bunsik will be serving up their signature Korean corn dogs which are sweet and savoury, chewy and crispy. Believed to have been around since the 1980s in Korea and since gained notoriety in Taiwan, Japan, China and the USA, these corn dogs are made up of skewered sausage, cheese, or a combination of the two, dipped into a cornmeal batter, rolled in breadcrumbs and studded with crispy toppings before hitting the fryer and cooked to a perfect golden brown.
Corn dog toppings vary from potato or diced French fries to crushed ramen noodles and Bunsik will be serving up both traditional corn dogs as well as ones with a modern spin to its Manchester menu. Choose from the likes of the Original Corn Dog (premium chicken sausage with crispy out side); Half and Half (a combination of chicken sausage and mozzarella cheese); The Potato Corn Dog (premium chicken sausage with potato cubes wrapped around); and The Beef Corn Dog (premium beef sausage with crispy outside).
Bunsik Manchester will not only offer up corn dogs but also there’s also bubble tea and Korean street food dishes. We’re talking Kimbap (cooked rice, vegetables, fishcake, and meat rolled in gim – dried sheets of seaweed – and served in bite-sized slices); Ddukbokki (cylindrical rice cakes cooked in a spicy sauce); Korean Fried Chicken (tossed in a variety of sauces including sweet and spicy, honey garlic, and dakgangjeong); Cup Bap (rice, noodles, broccoli and chicken); and a variety of Korean chicken burgers.
The Bunsik team are also set to introduce a new dessert, Bingsu, available exclusively at the new Manchester site. Similar to ice cream, Bingsu is made from frozen cream or milk, and is a type of Korean shaved ice where a block of frozen milk or cream is grated or shaved using a knife to create a fluffy, snow-like dessert. Toppings range from chopped fruit and condensed milk to fruit syrup and red beans.
Bunsik is expected to open in Manchester in the late summer and will be available on Deliveroo. Keep an eye on Bunsik’s socials for further updates.
Bunsik, Unit 1A, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RG.