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Apr 2, 2012 05:10 PM

Asian-style hotdogs at Doggy-Style in Alameda

I stopped by Doggy-Style Hot Dogs in Alameda today and was excited to see a selection of four different Asian style hotdogs. It's good to see them embrace a good idea rather than toy with a single item on a menu. I tried the Umai and the Doggyzilla today, both of which were as good looking in person as they are on their visual menu:

The buns have sesame seeds and are ideal for hot dogs and sausages. They're not too crusty and not too sweet. The Umai (beef hotdog w/ Japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce, pickled radish, and seaweed) was a great sandwich overall. I liked the Doggyzilla's pieces (asian slaw, wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce, and seaweed), and thought the brat was fantastic, but the sandwich didn't come together as a whole. My problem dealt with the position of the pieces in the sandwich, so I think I might ask them to slice the brat in half next time. They have two more Asian style sandwiches and several non-Asian specialties as well.

Any other Asian style sausage sandwiches around? I know a few ... 4505 Meats at the Ferry Building makes great use of kimchi and chicharrones in their zilla style hot dogs, Telegraph in Oakland does a banh-mi style sausage sandwich (hands down, I prefer a traditional banh mi to this), and I've read about the Brass Knuckle cart serving a hot dog with sriracha and bonito flakes. As far as I can tell, all these places use a Western hot dog with Asian ingredients, but I'd love to see someone do something with a Lao style sausage.

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  1. There is a cart that sets up at Telegraph and Bancroft at the south entrance to campus. They serve dogs similar to what you describe: American sausages with Japanese toppings. Haven't tried it yet as not a fan of Japanese food.

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    1. re: chocolatetartguy

      Dojo Dog is the place at the end of Telegraph

      I liked it better than the Doggy-Style (also had the Dogzilla). A lot of that is because of what HyperB said about the "position of the pieces"

      Dojo is a little more restrained in the amount of toppings and they start with a layer of grilled cabbage, then the hot-dog, and then the specific toppings for each version.

      At D-S, the dog / sausage is at the bottom with a big pile of the toppings and it was a challenge to get all the flavors at once.

      Dojo is just hotdogs so less variety than D-S which has a few sausage options too.

      1. re: drewskiSF

        on checkered paper is Wushu from Dojo (Pork Sung, Flash-Grilled Cabbage, Katsu Sauce, Japanese Mayo)

        in cardboard boat is Dogzilla from Doggy-Style (bratwurst with asian slaw, wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce & seaweed)

        1. re: drewskiSF

          Good call highlighting Dojo Dog. I liked their Ninjitsu (hot dog, nori, grilled cabbage teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo). Everything on there worked, and it felt as comfortable and normal as a sauerkraut and relish dog. The texture and flavor of the bun holds up the toppings and hot dog well, but the hot dog is too thin. I'm not sure I'll have a chance to return, but they said they'd be willing to throw on another hot dog for a buck or so in the future (I was surprised, but no one had ever asked them this before).

          I wasn't as excited about the Wushu (hot dog, pork sung (that cottony pork stuff), grilled cabbage, katsu sauce, Japanese mayo). It's really mellow and might have stood up better had I tasted it before the Ninjitsu.

          There's a lot more interesting stuff happening on that corner than their used to be. The food doesn't look great, but there's a cart selling some dim sum goods and another selling banh mi and random asian foods. That general area of Telegraph is really shaping up (Maoz (decent), New Sun Hong Kong's special menu, Tumi Peruvian, and Kiraku).

          1. re: hyperbowler

            I stopped by Dojo Dog again and got the Kendo (bonito, grilled cabbage, wasabi mayo, soy paste). I asked them to throw on an extra hot dog and it came to about $6.50. It looked gigantic, but with the two hot dogs and all the toppings, it was perfectly sized for the roll.

            i enjoyed the hot dog very much, but I'd be curious to hear other people's take on their offerings--- I'm a sucker for anything that combines bonito and mayo (e.g., Namu's Okonomiyaki)

      2. I love that they really embraced the fusion thing. Sounds like BopNGrill in Chicago - kimchi burger, moco loco, mac and cheese eggrolls... mmm. I can't think of where to find similar stuff here but I get Lao sausages from Vientian Cafe in Oakland and rolls from a Viet sandwich shop in Sacramento and make my own. You can probably get good bread in lots of places closer than Sac but that happens to be my favorite.

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        1. re: caffinatedmints

          Huong Lan's original branches are in San Jose, so you can find them in the Bay Area.

        2. Lucky Dog on Filbert in SF has some Asian theme dogs on the menu, but I've not tried one yet. Here's my old post on the place,

          1. Oh yeah, I mentioned Lao sausages in my original post, but forgot to mention Pal's Takeaway in SF does one that I've been trying to hunt down for a while: "Aunt Malai's Lao sausage/ Acme roll, cucumber-carrot-cilantro relish, River Dog mei choi greens, soy-yuzu mayo."