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Published September 11th 2021
Up for some late night Korean street food?
I don't know about you but late-night Korean food craving is a thing for me and it's not limited to weekdays or before 9pm. Good thing Daebak Brothers is open every day until 11pm, so I've got more time to debate about eating junk food before bed, and then doing it anyway.
This new joint only opened up at the start of August. They're down a quiet street in Chinatown, and yet it was anything but quiet when we visited that evening. Daebak specialises in just three things: corndogs, tteokbokki and croffles. Despite this, choice paralysis is absolutely still a possibility as there's a lot of variations in your choice of flavours, additions and seasonings.
The seating area is fairly small, with about 6 or so tables, so it's difficult to get in if you have a large group. We were really lucky when a table opened up just after we received our food, and there was still a queue of people behind us.
We got a duo of corn dogs - sausage with original batter and mozzarella and sausage in potato batter with ketchup and sweet chilli sauce. I'm not the biggest fan of these sorts of highly processed meats but I adore the cheese pull and customising it with my favourite sauces. I need to be more strategic with eating it, however, because the seasoning is lavished on the top only, so the underside was very plain.
If you've not had tteokbokki before, it's stir-fried rice cakes in a thick-ish chilli sauce often served with fish cakes and boiled eggs. Rose sauce was an intriguing option, so we ordered that with udon, kimari (deep-fried seaweed rolls) and dumplings. None of it was mind-blowingly good, but it was fun exploring different food pairings and the versatility of the dish.
That was enough of savoury snacks and we were ready for dessert now. Croffles were super trendy at some stage and I'm glad they're a permanent fixture here. Whichever genius thought of sandwiching buttery croissant dough in between a waffle iron deserves a round of applause. This rendition had a mochi-like quality to them but could have done with a bit more iron time for crisper edges. I reckon you'll love this if you enjoy heavy, creamy desserts but I'm happy to bow out of the line for novel flavours and sit in the corner with my plain croffle next time.
Interested in checking out Daebak brothers yourself? Find them at 7-9 Compton Street in the CBD and let me know what food combo you come up with!