As as Brit I adore sandwiches, and one of my favourites from home is the prawn sandwich. For some reason this delightful treat, just like coronation chicken, has never really travelled well when it comes to the rest of the world. So when I heard that a new prawn (or shrimp if you must) sandwich place had opened mere meters from my door step I was off to check it out.
Head Lock is located in the old Hassdog location in Gyeongridan next to the butchers. Hassdog fans need not worry though, all their goodies will be available online. The store is tiny and mostly a take out place, though there is one table for four inside which we were lucky enough to snag. There are currently four kinds of shrimp sandwich on the menu, Original, Wasabi Mayo, Chilli, and Nacho Cheese, all priced at 4,000 each.
We opted to try one of each except the nacho cheese, as I’ve never really cared for it. Served in hot dog buns they aren’t really sandwiches but I’m not sure what else you’d call it. First up was the original, as it seemed a good place to start. The original was in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce, reminiscent of a prawn cocktail or thousand island type dressing but with a bit more edge. It was nice enough but I was eager to try more.
Next up was the wasabi mayo. This was probably my favourite of the bunch because it was probably the closest to simple prawn mayo we would find back home. I love wasabi and loved the extra little kick of flavour this gave when mixed with the mayo. The radish sprouts on the top also gave an extra hint of mustard flavour, and the lemon was a nice touch too.
Last was the chilli shrimp, I thought this one was quite spicy but not overbearing. The meat had plenty of flavour and may have been sourced from Hassdog as it had the same lovely aniseed taste as their fennel sausages, though I may be wrong. Either way there was plenty to eat in this one and they give you a little spoon to eat any chili that falls out. All in all the sandwiches make a pretty tasty snack for 4,000 a pop. At around 6 inches long I cant imagined you’d feel full from one, but 2 would certainly do the job.
Head Lock is located 305-4 Itaewon 2(i)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and come out of exit 2. Walk straight until you reach the underpass. Go through and exit using the left hand set of stairs. Follow the road around and you will see Head Lock on the other side of the road opposite the church. They currently have no website or telephone number but they informed me they are open from everyday from 11am – 10pm (ish).