The East-Meets-West Fusion Hot Dog
Did you know that hot dogs are quite popular here in Japan? Of course it's not always easy trying to find one unless you happen to be at a McDonald's for breakfast. Yes, they serve the hot dog ( called a McHotDog ) as a breakfast item and ONLY for breakfast. You can also find them at the concession stands of movie theaters as well as the local Costco or IKEA stores.
I myself do enjoy the occasional sausage in a bun and since I haven't had one in awhile, I decided to make some for an easy dinner. However I decided to spruce up the dog a bit, especially since a friend was coming over to watch an episode of Glee with me.
Introducing the East-Meets-West Hot Dog
This is my take on an east-meets-west version of a hot dog. I basically combined an all-American hot dog with a garlic-infused Asian stir-fry. Instead of mustard or ketchup, I used mayonnaise spiked with wasabi to give it a surprising kick. Finally the entire thing is smothered in melted cheese. How's that for a crazy fusion hot dog?
At first I wasn't so sure about the combinations of flavors and like many things in life, you never know until you actually try it. I'm happy to say that they turned out better than I expected and really transformed these otherwise normal hot dogs into something that's truly out of this world.
- 2 hot dog sausages
- 2 hot dog buns
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- 1/2 cup cabbage, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 cup cheese
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon wasabi
- Cayenne pepper to taste ( optional )
- Mix the mayonnaise and wasabi and set aside.
- Cook the sausage according to package directions.
- Stir-fry the garlic and vegetables in a little oil for 3 minutes or until done. Toss with soy sauce.
- Spread hot dog buns with the mayonnaise/wasabi mixture.
- Add the sausage into the buns.
- Top with stir-fried vegetables.
- Top with cheese and put under broiler until the cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle some cayenne pepper if desired.
What Do You Think?
This is the cookbook that inspired me to get creative with the humble hot dog. From the Chicago Dog to the Coney Dog to even making your own buns, condiments and even the hot dog themselves, this book includes everything you could ever want in a hot dog cookbook.