I recently found this website, and I can’t stop thinking about it. It belongs to a Canadian hot dog stand chain called JAPADOG, whose stated mission is “making the world happy and alive through hot dogs!” The chain boasts five locations in Vancouver and a new one in New York City. JAPADOG prepares their hot dogs “Japanese-style,” which means that they include a number of traditional Japanese vegetables, sauces, and even meats in their recipes.
No JAPADOG, No Life!!
The thing I love most about JAPADOG is their boundless enthusiasm for hot dogs. The owners are truly living their dreams, as evidenced by the comparatively detailed history section on the website. Although the English isn’t always perfect, the website is fun and ambitious. It’s not often I come across someone whose passion for sandwiches rivals my own, and it’s a nice feeling.
I have no idea what kind of hot dogs these are, but they look AWESOME.
The hot dogs at JAPADOG also look delicious. I’ve always wanted to eat hot dogs with regional themese, and the use of Japanese ingredients lends it a somewhat classier look. (These are the kinds of recipes I expected from the famed Yesterdog of Grand Rapids, by the way. I got pickles and mustard with a side of condescension instead.) A couple offerings which look particularly tasty are the terimayo, which includes teriyaki sauce, mayo and seaweed, the yakisoba, which is an arabiki sausage topped with noodles, and the ebichiki, which is a shrimp sausage topped with chili sauce and dried shrimp. They also offer traditional undressed hot dogs, for the less adventurous visitors.
All in all, JAPADOG looks great. I don’t anticipate being in Vancouver or NYC any time soon, but next time I am it’s definitely on my list. Anyone who’s in the area, be sure to check them out and let me know what you think in the comments. And on a related note, can any Japanese readers confirm that this is anything like how hot dogs are prepared in Japan? I honestly have no idea.