|Cuisine Type |||Hot Dogs|
|Ambiance |||Outdoor Dining|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||98 B-Line or Burrard St Station|
|Cross Street |||Smithe Street|
|Daily: 12 noon to 7:30PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 22, 2009
There are many hot dog stands dotting the downtown core - but there's only one Japa Dog. No one is sure where the idea came from to combine traditional hot dogs with distinctly Japanese toppings. But, at almost any time of day, people line up at this busy cart for high-quality sausages piled with such unlikely toppings as soy sauce, daikon radish or miso. A select few may choose to order the Okomi, a Japa specialty made with tender kurobuta pork sausage, which is the "Kobe beef" of hot dogs. Only 20 are available per day and they sell out fast!
Twists on Tradition
The other three mainstays of the menu are the Terimayo, Misomayo and Oroshi dogs. The Terimayo is a beef sausage topped with nori, Japanese-style mayo and teriyaki sauce, while the Misomayo is a turkey sausage topped with radish and miso-sesame sauce. And the Oroshi is a pork sausage loaded with shredded daikon and green onion, doused with soy sauce. Each can also be made with a veggie sausage.
Get It While It's Hot
So far, Vancouver is the only place in the world to find a Japa Dog - and the world seems to be dropping in to check it out. Since opening in 2005, the stand has been featured on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, been written up in the New York Times, and attracted a celebrity following. Vancouver Magazine listed it among its "101 Things to Taste Before You Die." Get your hands on one today, just in case.
Tip Sheet: The stand may be closed in heavy rain or windy conditions.