I stayed true to my word…my culinary adventure through Vancouver has begun, and I will do my best to capture it.
Back in the days when I had cable, I used to love watching the show Eat Street. Apparently, they film in Vancouver decently often, which makes sense – head downtown in this city and there’s practically a food truck at every corner. Right away I was drawn to Japadog – when I first laid eyes on the little stand at Pender and Burrard I thought, “that looks weird and awesome.” And apparently, this place was featured on Eat Street, as my step-mom informed me.
I had to go for the signature dog, despite being drawn to a number of menu items here. The “Terimayo” is a pork hot dog with mayo, teriyaki, and seaweed. I gotta say, the combination of these flavours was a bit strange at first. The seaweed reminded me of sushi, which gave me a fishy connotation even though there was nothing fish related in my dog. Once I got my head around that, I realized how well these flavours meshed. As I anticipated, it was weird, but also delicious.
While I don’t regret my choice at all (I HAD TO GET THE SIGNATURE DOG), I don’t think I would get it again. The hot/spicy, Croquette, and Tonkatsu all look amazing…one of those will enter my belly at some point in the near future I’m sure.
I also tried their “Shaked Fries” which are basically fries shaken up in a bag with your choice of seasoning. I picked “Shichimi and Garlic” – they were perfectly crispy, coated, spicy, and garlicky. I loved it.
First impressions – this city is great.
Head over to Japadog’s website to check out their menu and locations.