September 3, 2008
As predicted, Vancouver has been about food just as much (if not more) as it’s been about enjoying the view. Near the top of my food destination list was a humble hot dog stand called Japadog. It sits at the corner of Haro and Burrand streets and it looks just like an average-looking street meat stand except there’s almost always an eager crowd waiting for its food and a handful of uniformed staff. If the crowd is absent, you’ll be able to recognize it since it’s adorned with colourful signs depicting its offerings.
While you can order a plain ole bratwurst, all beef or veggie dog, Japadog’s main draws are their Japanese takes on the all-American treat: Misomayo, Orashi and Terimayo. We got the Orashi and Misomayo (pictured above).
Helena’s choice of Orashi was a pork bratwurst sausage with a pile of grated radish, green onion and special soy sauce. Though tasty, she says the soy sauce wasn’t present enough and there too much grated radish which made the hot dog far too mushy. I was assured by another customer that my choice of Misomayo was smart as it was, he claimed, the best of the lot. After waiting for 10 minutes to sink my teeth into it, my turkey hot dog was served with radish sprouts, miso-sesame sauce and Japamayo. I’m a sucker for almost anything “miso-sesame” but add mayonnaise into the mix and I’m hooked. Five dollars* for a hot dog is a pretty penny spent, but for a one-of-a-kind experience it was worth it.
*NB: After taking the above photo, I took other photos of Helena eating her dog during which a gust of wind blew my hot dog on to the sidewalk. Tragedy. Of course, I had to get another one so I basically paid $10 for this Japanese hot dog.
Overall: 7 out of 10 weiners
In conclusion: A quirky street meat experience that beats any other hot dog on the street.