It was a very, very wet week in Vancouver. After wandering around Yaletown in the rain looking for a wrong address followed by a light meal I found myself wandering through downtown in the rain around 9:30 pm. I really wanted a bowl of pho or a viet sub but most restaurants were closed already. I ended up getting a Japadog since I knew it would make a good bite on the go and it was still open. There are 5 locations around Vancouver (and now one in NY!), 4 of them are hotdog stands and the 5th is a restaurant. I was pretty happy about being out of the rain by this point.
What I ate
- Kurobuta sausage (Pork sausage specially made for Japadog), bonito flakes, fried cabbage, okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayo
- Japadog never really disappoints. The sausage was juicy, umami enhanced by the bonito flakes, and the fried cabbage added a crunch to the hotdo
Shichimi and Garlic Shake Fries
- Roasted garlic and hot pepper flakes shaken (in a bag) onto fresh fries
- These were just okay. I found them really salty and not too garlicy
- I’d recommend the butter and shoyu or the aonori (seaweed) fries though!
- Consistent across every location (I’ve been to three now) and always good
- Lots of interesting flavour combinations you may not have tried before!
- Expensive for a hot dog and fries (I think my combo came to around $10, included a drink)
- Weird price inconsistencies. A big one was a plain hot dog made with either their pork or beef sausage was the same price, but the terimayo combo with the pork sausage was about $2 more expensive than with the beef sausage! I think the prices vary slightly by location too