I like going to festivals because you can find a lot of interesting eats that you wouldn’t normally find at a typical restaurant. A festival I went to this weekend had several good finds. One kiosk sold something called Hangry Chicken. It’s a Korean inspired dish with soft rice cake (duk), spiced potato cubes and juicy fried chicken pieces tossed in a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce. It was then topped with sesame seeds and scallions and drizzled with mustard oil.
It was one of the most popular things at the festival and I can see why. The concept was intriguing because most people aren’t familiar with Korean food or rice cake. Plus the chicken was crispy and the sauce was superb. The mix of gochujang, mustard and honey…it’s definitely different from your typical restaurant meal.
There was also another kiosk had a bit of a lineup. Although they had something mysterious called Smoked Bacon Candy Beef Bombs (supposedly these taste like a mix of bacon and tender ribs), my interest peaked at their poutine dish. They put a spin on it and used potato cubes, fried chicken pieces and mozzarella sticks and doused it in a creamy BBQ sauce with shredded cheese on top. It wasn’t as good as the first one, but it wasn’t bad at all either.
There were a few other dishes with interesting concepts, like the Kit Kat Grilled Cheese Sandwich and bags of chips stuffed with other ingredients (similar to the Walking Taco Bag Concept), but I think that’s something I can try to play around with in the kitchen. It sounds weird, but if it’s selling there must be a reason. 🙂