Update: Hassdog is now called “The Butcher Shop” in Gyeongridan. It serves sandwiches. Will review soon.
Always on the lookout for a great hotdog, I was recommended Hassdog by Chris Kwon Lewis (@halfkorean_halfamazing on Instagram) to try Hassdog. A small restaurant, with only a few stools for sitting, this quaint little shop is serving up some good dogs.
How to get there: The easiest way to get to Hassdog is to take the subway to Noksapyeong Station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 2. Walk down the hill with the military base on your left and descend down the underpass. Ascend via Financial Management Corps and cross the street. Make a right at Noxa and pass Taps Springs Brewery. Hassdog will be on your left.
Service and Atmosphere: Hassdog is attached to a butcher shop, in fact, there was a giant pig carcass hanging from the ceiling. Fantastic! There are only three or four stools and no chairs. Most of the business that we noticed were getting their food to go. As we left, the smells of Hassdog reverberates down the side streets of Gyeongridan. Service was quick and painless. Our food was served about ten minutes after we ordered.
Food and Drink: Today we ordered four hotdogs, a sausage and three Cokes. Yum.
Fennel (7,000KRW): Save the best for first. The Fennel hotdog was my favourite! The ciabatta roll was toasted nicely, and the sausage was seasoned perfectly. The Fennel was topped with lemon mayo, onions, mustard and garlic sausage cream. One thing we noticed was that they didn’t overdo the toppings, so that it overwhelmed the hotdog. They let the flavours of the sausage do their work. A solid 9/10. I would go back and order two more of these.
Galbi Hotdog (8,000KRW): I had the galbi hotdog to start. Like the Fennel, the ciabatta bun was toasted nicely and the sausage was grilled to perfection. The toppings were Korean influenced, and it worked quite well with the sausage. The Gochujang mayo (고추장) gave the hotdog a nice kick of flavour. There were a few chunks of kimchi as well, but I couldn’t distinguish it from the rest of the flavours. In fact, the onions, ketchup, and kimchi were all mixed together, so it was difficult to separate the flavours from each other. Despite that, this was still a pretty solid hotdog.
Cajun Hot Link (8,000KRW): CY ordered the Cajun Hot Link and although the Fennel was his favourite as well, he still thought this was a solid hotdog. As with the other two, the bun was baked perfectly, and the sausage was grilled to perfection. The Cajun Hot Link is topped with mustard, onion, garlic mayo, tomato sauce with sausage and cheddar cheese. It had a little more spice to it, but it drowned out some of the other flavours.
Fennel Sausage (6,000KRW): If you are watching the carbs, as so many of us are these days, you can order the sausage by itself with the toppings on the side. I gave this a try. It was okay. The sausage is cut up with the sides around it. The flavours still worked together, but really the bun completes everything. Unless you are a supermodel watching the weight, go with the bun.
Value: The whole meal came out to roughly 42,000KRW which included four hotdogs, a sausage and three Cokes. Overall it was a good value, and you could keep this meal under 10,000KRW and be satisfied. I would highly recommend, especially if you are on the run in Gyeongridan.
Who Should Visit Hassdog: Those looking for a great hotdog, with some gourmet toppings have found their place.
Who Should Avoid Hassdog: A party of more than four? You better look elsewhere. Also, if you are a hotdog traditionalist, as in, you like your hotdogs simple, you might be turned off by the toppings. I suspect that kids might not be into the kimchi topped hotdog.