Saturday, October 16

Cyber vs Japa

Some cultures should post "speed limits" not only on the roads but also in domains of food and life in general.
North America has been taking the fast food path for a long time and seems  to be reaching the limits, because of hugely prioritized personal conformism. While on feet (or on wheels), we can eat from our paper plates, drink  coffee from our paper cups, talk on our mobile phones with friends we see less and less in person or text with all the abbreviations to speed up typing, or to express our minds and thoughts faster: just tweet..
I am "slow food (and other)" person, but I can also find art and creativity in  other lifestyles. Hot-dogs are on the bottom of my food list but some younger members of my family would rank it way higher.
Vancouver's street food became much more exciting with an emergence of Japadog, hot-dog kiosk that offers fast-food - Japanese style. What makes them so unique is the additional Asian style veggies and sauces and long street lineups.
I just came back from Seattle with many impressions about food there, and I visited one very popular vegetarian place and Seattle's healthy hot-dog winner: Cyber-Dogs Internet cafe. This place is founded by a software engineer and with very funky decoration from 50's, stand-out names and flavors of hot-dogs, choices of music, games and movies. Such a creative environment is a great place to eat.
These two places are different in many ways, but they have one thing in common: healthy hot-dogs. How healthy you consider wieners to be, that's another thing.

Cyber dog

Japa style with seaweed
Colorful cozy Cyber dog in Seattle


Japadog booth on the streets of Vancouver

Descriptive menus tell all

If you want to make your own hot-dog with a twist, I suggest to start with a high quality wiener and develop further.
Japanese style

Spicy Cheese Terimayo: Jalapeno and Cheese Smokie, teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, topped with strips of nori.
Oroshi: Pork bratwurst, grated daikon radish, special soy sauce, topped with green onion.
Okonomi: Pork bratwurst, special okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, bonito flakes, topped with fried cabbage.
Ume: Bratwurst, red onion and special plum sauce.
Edamame (soybeans): Bratwurst topped with edamame.

French style - in crepes

Cook the hot dogs and sauerkraut together and roll each hot dog with some sauerkraut into a crepe.
Top the rolled crepes with the grated Swiss cheese and place in an oven proof dish.
Heat at 425°F until the cheese browns.

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
And don't  hesitate to experiment, you never know ... it may turn out good!

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