Japadog = Japanese + Hot Dogs

by Ed Lau on July 11, 2007

Japadog, Japanese Hotdog

Actually, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Hot dogs usually aren’t very interesting but these are nothing like the generic ones that Kobayashi stuffs down his gullet by the dozen. On the corner of Smithe and Burrard in downtown Vancouver is Japadog, a very unique little hot dog stand that serves hot dogs…Japanese style…that has drawn rave reviews from every newspaper in town. After hearing about it for so long, a few friends and I decided we had to go see for ourselves and headed downtown…specifically for hot dogs.

Japadog, Japanese Hotdog

Japadog began in 2005 and on this particular day, the stand was manned by these two very happy folks who enthusiastically took our orders. They seemed to really take pride in and enjoy their work, asking which trimmings we wanted. Today, there were three different Japanese style hot dogs on the menu: Terimayo, Oroshi and Misomayo as you can see from the picture below.

Japadog, Japanese Hotdog

They also make regular hot dogs but that would be like asking Michaelangelo to paint you a white canvas. You’d have to be a very boring person to order off the “regular” menu instead.

Japadog, Japanese Hotdog

I ordered a Misomayo dog which was the most expensive of the bunch at a very reasonable $5.00. It had a blend of sesame sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and radish sprouts on top of a turkey smokey. Radish usually isn’t very appetizing but I assure you, this was delicious! Despite being a hot dog, it was distinctly Japanese. It reminded me a lot of those Japanese pancakes (or okonomiyaki). I topped it with a little of this fantastic wasabi mayo which had quite a bit of horseradish kick to it. One of these days, I’ll try to make some of this myself.

Japadog, Japanese Hotdog

I was really, really hungry today so I wasn’t quite done. I ordered a Terimayo dog after I finished my first. This was basically fried onions, teriyaki sauce and seaweed on top of a 100% beef smokey. It was also delicious but not quite as good as the Misomayo dog.

Japadog, Japanese Hotdog

If you plan on eating at Japadog, I must remind you that it’s a hot dog stand and there is nowhere to sit, which sucks in the 30-degree weather we’ve been having. There are benches or ledges, etc nearby, however. Drinks are $1.00 a piece and Japadogs usually range between $4.00 – $5.00 each. If you arrive right at lunch time, be prepared for a long wait as it’s a popular lunch destination for the numerous office buildings and Robson street stores nearby.

Also nearby was THIS beautiful beast…

Ford GT

Japadog (Burrard & Smithe) on Urbanspoon

in Food and Fine Dining

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly Cho July 11, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Sounds ‘umai’ (delicious)! Too bad I live so far =(

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Leo July 11, 2007 at 6:33 pm

I thought “oishii” was delicious?

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Kelly Cho July 12, 2007 at 1:46 pm

You’re right too… “umai” is slang.

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Leo July 11, 2007 at 6:34 pm

I’ll take the Ford GT!

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Michael Kwan July 11, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Coming from a Mustang owner, I’m not surprised. How are you liking the Civic?

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Leo July 11, 2007 at 10:29 pm

I keep it parked in my car-park unless I absolutely need to venture out. Good thing I’m well stocked on food.

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Saman Sadeghi July 12, 2007 at 3:42 pm

“Car-Park”?!

Damn Northies…

:razz:

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Leo July 12, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Yup, you have to put up with our proper grasp of the English language, like “Z” pronounced “Zed”.
So sorry that you Yanks lost the War of 1812. No hard feelings. Cheerio! :)

Leo July 11, 2007 at 11:28 pm

Shhh! It’s embarrassing! I haven’t driven on 4 cylinders since I was 16.

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Saman Sadeghi July 11, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Screw the GT and give me a C5!

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Michael Kwan July 11, 2007 at 8:50 pm

On a side note, I just Dugg and Stumbled this post :)

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Saman Sadeghi July 11, 2007 at 11:13 pm

This sounds very interesting and I would love to try one – too bad I don’t live anywhere near Vancouver! :cry:

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Leo July 11, 2007 at 11:30 pm

Hey! Why the hell can’t I leave any comments!?!

Fix this now , ED!!! Or I’ll slap you with my Chinadog!

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Ed Lau July 12, 2007 at 10:20 am

Because you signed in with a different e-mail address, you noob.

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Kelly Cho July 12, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Hey Ed, since you know so much on this, perchance you might know why my bloglog pic won’t show up on the comments even though it used to before. Kelly = noob too ;)

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Ed Lau July 12, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Not sure. You have to use the same user name, e-mail and website that’s associated with your MyBlogLog I think.

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Saman Sadeghi July 12, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Yeah, you have to use the same URL as you have on MyBlogLog….

That’s been my problem in the past. May you should contact tech support!

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Stargaz3r July 13, 2007 at 6:00 pm

I have been… dammit… I guess I will have to contact support afterall.

Saman Sadeghi July 12, 2007 at 3:52 pm

One last thing Ed – FIX THE DAMN TAB ORDER FOR THE COMMENTS!!!

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Leo July 12, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Yeah, fix it!!! Ed, you NooB, Ed!!!

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Leo July 12, 2007 at 8:31 pm

I still think a Chinadog is a good idea. It’ll come in two varieties: Shar-pei and Chinese Cresting.

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Gdog July 12, 2007 at 7:52 am

Looks tasty, I’m going to give that a try when I come back home in couple weeks!

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Doh study it... July 19, 2007 at 7:59 am

i love dat car
….an d hotdogs 2… lolz XD

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nod September 21, 2007 at 8:56 am

I’m flying out to try one!
from: Wonderful Downtown Halifax Nova Scotia

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dc January 31, 2008 at 9:09 am

Is the stand out during the winter? I’m visiting next week and would love to try one.

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Jose Leon December 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm

OMG!!!!! LAST YEAR I WAS THERE,, THEY ARE RELY GOOD….. BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA .. LOVE THAT PLACE :)

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Tony D February 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Given the apparent popularity of the product, I wouldn’t be surprised if the owner of Japadog was also the owner of the Ford GT.

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ronan April 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm
Textbook Rental October 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Well I love both Japanese food and hot dogs so I hope to see this cart in person in the near future… Also, food carts in general rule.

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Saman Sadeghi July 13, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Hey – we’re Americans but stuffy Brits!

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