Born as a working-class street meal in America, the hot dog has become a global fast-food phenomenon. It’s not just beef sausages in sesame buns anymore.
From delicious frankfurters to unusual toppings, the world is stuffed with all kinds of wonderful, wacky and weird versions of the humble dog. In some places, a “haute dog” cuisine can cost you hundreds! In this exclusive menu, Star2 food writer Abirami Durai picks seven hot dogs guaranteed to make you salivate.
THE DOLLARS AND SENSE DOGS
For the world’s most expensive hot dog, head to Seattle in Washington, USA, where the Tokyo Dog food truck serves up the Juuni Ban, yours for only US$169. This premium top dog took its makers one year to create and develop. It’s made with smoked cheese bratwurst, butter teriyaki grilled onions, maitake mushrooms, wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar, and Japanese mayonnaise on a brioche bun. But you don’t just walk up to the food truck and ask for one. No, you need to order these babies two weeks in advance.
In the race to become the most expensive hot dog in the world, it’s a dog-eat-dog situation. Just two years ago, Canadian hot dog food truck maestros Dougie Doug held the record with this mammoth foot-long creation, topped with Kobe beef, lobster and truffles, and infused with 100-year old Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac. Each hot dog takes 45 minutes to prepare and costs CAD$90 to make. It’s menu price? A mere CAD$100. But to owner Dougie Luv, in an interview with Calgary Herald, “It’s not a moneymaker. It’s true hot dog love!”
One of the world’s most exclusive brands, La Maison Maille, this year embarked on a travelling hot dog tour across Australia just to sell their gourmet mustard. The highlight of their food show is the Haute Dog, made with Perigord black truffle and chablis infused mustard, one of the most premium condiments in the world. FYI, those truffles so rare, they’re available for just five months every year. This swanky dog includes Angus beef sausage, a fresh brioche bun, and a glass of French wine on the side. Gourmands splashing out AUS$100 on this creation also get a bottle of the premium mustard on the side. Indulge yourself at the Taste Of Melbourne Food Festival in Melbourne, Australia, from Nov 10-13.
THE EXOTIC DOGS
Hot dogs don’t get more exotic than what’s being served at Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs in Denver, Colarado. Forbes named it one of the top 10 hot dog joints in the US, and here’s why – the sausages are made of pheasant, reindeer, elk, antelope, and even rattlesnake. Anthony Bourdain apparently LOVED the reindeer dog, and it’s under US$10 too! By the way, on the toppings menu is “Malaysian curry jam”. We don’t know what that is, but in the current situation, we do see the irony of it.
Man says, “Waiter, there’s a bug in my hot dog.” Waiter replies, “That’s how we do it here.” That’s probably what the folks at Entomo Farms were envisioning when they supplied crickets for the Bug Dog at this year’s annual Canadian National Exhibition. The Bug Dog is not for those with an aversion to arthropods. It’s made with beef frankfurters and topped with coleslaw and plenty of crispy, crunchy mustard crickets.
THE SWEET DOGS
Chocolate Eclair Dog
Straddling the sweet and savoury divide is the controversial chocolate éclair hot dog, created by Maple Lodge Farms in Canada. This strange culinary tableau is basically a grilled sausage sandwiched in a chocolate éclair, topped with whipped cream. It was introduced at the Canada National Exhibition in Toronto, 2012 and received plenty of social media buzz among novelty dog fans. Real hot dog eaters were not so impressed or amused.
Peanut Butter And Banana Dog
Some kind of take on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this dog made the rounds on Reddit a few years ago and it’s not hard to see how it caught on. The recipe calls for just four things: a banana, peanut butter, jelly and a hot dog bun. You can also try Associated Press food editor JM Hirsch’s recipe (found on rachealray.com) that includes bacon. Because bacon makes everything better.