26 April 2018
As soon as we got to Vancouver, we wanted to start hitting up awesome places to eats but honestly was a bit daunting because I don’t really know how to use Yelp. They’re always recommend stuff really far away when I’m trying to be super specific!
Lucky for us though, Cynthia from Cynthia Eats noticed we were in Vancouver and amongst her many recommendations was Japadog, and we couldn’t be more thankful because Japadog is awesome. It inspires awe.
What is Japadog you ask? Well simply, it’s a Japanese inspired hot dog place that does some of the funkiest hot dogs around. Where other places are content with chilli and onions, Japadog is putting deep fried prawns on their buns and sticky rice. It’s pretty rad.
So we got two dogs here at Japadog, the first one was the Oroshi dog ($5.98). This dog included a bratwurst sausage covered in grated radish, soy sauce and green onions. The bratwurst was soft, but had some tension when you bit into it, so perfect. The radish was interesting… while the sour taste brought great flavour to the overall dog, it had a really odd texture, like gritty – personally not a massive fan of it but maybe only because the other dog we ordered was so much better (this poor dog was like the unattractive little sister). The other thing I didn’t love about the radish was that it was served cold. I’m not sure how weird it’d be to have warm radish (probably pretty weird) but the whole hot sausage cold topping made eating it a bit more complicated than I felt it should’ve been. I had to try and ensure that there was a bit of sausage in every bite or else it’d be all cold and be like a salad. And nobody wants that.
All up, the dog was a good combination between bitey meatiness and a touch of freshness and sourness from the radish, with a couple weird things holding it back.
Now this, was the master dog, one of the best (Japanese style) dogs I’ve ever tasted! This is the Yakiniku rice dog ($6.75). It is an arabiki sausage (essentially, bitey pork sausage, according to Google) covered in flavoured sticky rice and topped with lettuce and teriyaki bbq beef! I’ve never had anything like it before, but the texture from the sausage, the immense flavour from the teriyaki beef and how it all works with that rice. It is just incredible. Since I took this picture, I’ve had 3 more of these dogs. Traditionally if I go back to a place, I’m forced to try something new by Lily but that hasn’t happened here because even she wants to get this dog over and over again. So um, sorry this post couldn’t be more inclusive, I guess.
I should probably mention the Shoestring fries ($2.75) in a bag. The cool thing about it is that you can order a topping with the chips and they’ll mix it up for you, like the McShaker fries! And I love me some McShaker fries. The toppings are as follows:
- aonori (diced seaweed)
- ume katsuo (pickled plum flavour)
- butter and shoyu
- shichimi and garlic (garlic and hot peppers)
- black pepper
So far, we’ve gotten the butter and shoyu flavour 3 times and shichimi and garlic once. Pictured here is the shichimi garlic but honestly, I absolutely prefer the butter shoyu – its just buttery goodness with a dash of chicken salt. What more can you ask for?! But of course, I’m a non-chilli lover, so take it as you will.
We went to the Japadog store in Downtown. This store has there full menu + drinks, ice cream and a few sides like cool looking takoyaki but Japadog also has food carts all over Downtown and greater Vancouver!
Address: 530 Robson Street, Vancouver