A globally popular fried snack chain from Korea is about to land in the Chinatown-International District. Chung Chun Rice Dog — which has more than 300 locations around the world, including outposts in LA and San Diego — is planning to open up at 502 S King Street by the end of the year, the owner confirmed to Eater Seattle. The restaurant is known for its variety of meats that are dipped in rice flour batter and fried, with coatings ranging from panko breadcrumbs to Korean ramen noodles, served with a selection of sauces. The result is a chewy, mochi-like treat inside and a crunchy exterior.
Chung Chun will take over the location most recently occupied by Korean tofu and barbecue restaurant, Tofully, which is listed on Google as permanently closed (Eater reached out to Tofully for further information, but did not hear back by the time this piece was published). While the spot is on the small side, there is some dining room seating, so it looks like Chung Chun won’t just be a grab-and-go place.
This will be the first Seattle location of the growing four-year-old chain, which has a few California locations, but now looks to be eyeing the East Coast as well as the Pacific Northwest for street food on a stick domination.