April 27, 2012 by

Is there anything as typically North American as hot dogs? Or as typically Asian as seaweed, teriyaki sauce, and kimchi? You wouldn’t think those items could go together, but Vancouver has given the world a surprisingly tasty culinary mix of hot dogs and Asian toppings known as Japadog.

Ask a Vancouverite where to eat while you’re visiting, and 9 out of 10 will send you right to Japadog.

Menu options at Japadog include standard all-beef hot dogs and versions made from pork, turkey, shrimp, or vegetables. Kids and boring people can get them plain. Everyone else adds toppings like miso paste, bonito flakes, yakiniku rice, dried shrimp, or daikon radish and condiments like wasabi mayo or powdered seaweed. French fries also come with a wide choice of toppings, from coconut curry to shichimi and garlic.

Japadog is the brainchild of Noriki Tamura, a Japanese ad salesman who moved to Vancouver with a dream of opening his own food cart. Thanks to strict food cart legislation, hot dogs were his only choice. Undeterred, Tamura created a new kind of hot dog that incorporates the flavors of his homeland.

A hit from the start, Japadog now has five locations in Vancouver and one in New York City’s East Village. Tamura has plans for world domination, so try a Japadog now and say you “knew it when!”

Image: Japadog on Facebook

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  1. MomHomeGuide says:

    Would love to try the hot dogs and fries!

  2. Tara says:

    I’ve eaten the hot dogs and thought they were pretty great. Sadly, didn’t know about the fries. Guess it’s yet another reason to start dreaming about a trip to Vancouver or NYC!

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