Sometimes you find something and it’s meant to be. I’m that way with croquettes. I never had them before coming to Korea, but these small balls of fried goodness are amazing! I actually heard about them first in an Eat Your Kimchi video on YouTube and decided to venture out to Hapjeong myself to see what these croquettes were all about. My first time eating here was actually in 2012! They made a few changes to the interior since then, but these croquettes in Hapjeong still have that amazing taste that made me fall in love.
This shop is a little hard to find because it’s not near the subway station. It is actually close to parking lot street in Hongdae. It’s name is Chilli Cha Cha because of it’s chilli, but I can’t really comment on that because they make their chilli with pork!
Their croquettes range from $1-2 which is so cheap! If you are looking for a cheap meal, this is it. My go-tos are usually the tomato, basil cream and fruit. The tomato croquette has this deep tomato and herb flavor that can’t be beat. You’ll know what I”m talking about if you try it, the flavor just hits you. The basil cream is amazing as well with it’s creamy filling. They are filled with barley which gives it a unique flavor. I could literally eat them for days! The most expensive croquette, the fruit, is a mix of seasonal fruits. It kind of tastes like fried apple pie!
I’m in love with this place. Maybe the best part of all is that the owner plays some seriously gangster rap inside of the store. It’s so out of place and yet isn’t haha. It’s definitely a unique experience. With their price and taste, I don’t see myself giving them up anytime soon.
Q: Have you tried croquettes? What is your favorite flavor?
To get to Chilli Cha Cha, go to Hapjeong Station exit 5. Take the first right and walk down and around the bend. Walk down this main street until you see a 7 Eleven on your left. Chilli Cha Cha is right across from it.