Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Street Eats

I love street food. Talk to me about food long enough and I will somehow work street food into the conversation. Canada does not seem to be a street food city. Maybe the freezing cold and snow has something to do with it. I only saw the usual boring hot dog stand and the seasonal roasted chestnuts. But it does have one appetizing street meal I love. The JapaDog. A Japanese-style hot dog has gained media attention and the palette of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. It is not surprising for Vancouver to have this since the population is one-third Asian. For the most part it looks like your normal hotdog stand and you can order a normal hotdog...but why would you when you can try one of these -

The Terimayo is the most popular. An all-beef dog, grilled and topped with nori (seaweed), grilled onions, teriyaki sauce, and wasabi mayo.

The Miso Mayo, a turkey dog topped with sesame sauce, wasabi mayo, and kaiware (daikon radish sprouts).

The Oroshi, a pork sausage topped with daikon oroshi (grated radish), scallions, and soy sauce. The Asian ingredients had the flavor effect you would expect and mixed perfectly with the smoky pork sausage.

Instead of ketchup you can add Wasabi Mayo. Delicious.

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