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The hot dog. Such a simple food. A tubular oasis of ground up "you don't want to know" wedged within baked leavened dough. Hey, I'm not knocking it. In fact, I'm standing up for the humble, often ridiculed wiener in a bun. Think of it. It's easy to make. It can be BBQ'd, grilled, pan-fried, boiled, baked, nuked or even eaten as is. It's portable. Kids love it, adults love it, seniors love it. It transcends socio-economic and cultural boundaries. Ah yes, the simple hot dog has gone global. First it was Japadog, then Tikka Dog, now there's Dougiedog. Dougiedog??? Wait, that doesn't sound very exotic. In fact, it sounds as exotic as a HK-style breakfast (complete with it's own wiener in place of a sausage).
Well, when Mel (Gourmet Fury) alerted us of this new hot dog joint out on Granville (just around the corner from The Dogfather), I had to try it. Well, as per usual, Kim made it out there first and laid the groundwork. He had tried the Seoul Dog and the Tokyo Dog. Hey, I decided to try the exact same ones. Fresh from splitting a Banh Mi from Viet Sub, we were going for meat in a bun overload. It was like the time when I had La Taqueria, Finch's and 2001 Flavours all in one shot. Doug himself prepared the tubular delights for us. The claim to fame here is that their wieners are made with no preservatives and with fresh meat. They are never sitting around in a factory too long. Furthermore, these wieners exhibit the "snap" usually reserved for those you find in Chicago or New York. Unfortunately, we don't get much of that here. The only one that I've tried that is remotely close is Japadog's Kurobuta pork wieners. But I find those more chewy than snappy. Think of the ones here akin to European wieners.
Viv and I both agreed that the Seoul Dog was better than the Tokyo Dog. Nothing against the latter; but when compared to Japadog's Terimayo, this one was missing something. Maybe the grilled onions? With the addition of Bonito flakes combined with the shredded Nori, it's definitely fish tasting (I personally liked it). In the Seoul Dog, you get flavours normally not seen in a hot dog. You have spicy Kimchi, Bulgogi (BBQ Korean beef), pickle and sesame. Nestled in a soft steamed bun, the flavours in this dog really worked. You could really get the Korean flavours even with the weird addition of a dill pickle. For the price they charge ($6.95 for the specialty hot dogs), you get a pretty big hot dog (it's actually 2 small wieners). Their regular dogs are much more moderately priced at $4.50ish. But I must note that the Terimayo at Japadog (what the Tokyo Dog aspires to be) is only $4.50.
- I like the steamed bun
- High quality wieners with a snappy casing
- Lots of different choices
- With such a diverse selection, it'll yield some good results combined with mediocre ones
- Some may balk at spending $7.00 for a hot dog