2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – South Korea Marketplace – Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard

The Kimchi Dog at the South Korea Marketplace has received rave reviews on the internet… When we went over on soft opening night and got a look at it… We weren’t all that thrilled with what it LOOKED like and so, we took it off our “must have” list. After a few discussions on twitter, it went back on the “must have” list — Thank Goodness.

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lots of pickled vegetables and not too much mustard sauce

In contrast to Sarah’s (EatingWDW) kimchi dog, ours wasn’t drowning in the mustard sauce (but a little bit more would have been nice). Originally, we thought that this was just a hot dog on a bun with some kimchi and mustard (not very interesting, and not really worth the calories)… Then, we found out that this is a spicy Korean sausage made in Tampa specifically for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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It isn’t a regular hot dog and that isn’t really kimchi

Also, worth noting, that kimchi isn’t really kimchee… It isn’t fermented vegetables with chiles. It’s pickled vegetables (mostly onions, carrots, and napa cabbage) done in a “slaw style”… it’s still quite tasty, but if you have an aversion to true kimchi or sauerkraut (another fermented vegetable product), this shouldn’t be an issue.

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there’s chile in that there hot dog!

We thought that the hot dog (sausage, whatever) was a little bit spicier than a Southern Red Hot. It was difficult to tell if the mustard was upping the spice quotient because we didn’t really have much on ours. The bun was nicely moist. And as I discussed above, the kimchi was more like Carolina Vinegar Slaw but not as vinegary 🙂

Would we have this again? Most definitely! I’d love to find out if we paid for two could we get one full-sized Kimchi Hot Dog!


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