I was so excited to be in the same town as the iconic hot dog stand when I first moved here about 6 months ago… and, then life took over, and I didn’t get to try the famed Japadog until about a week ago!
I braved the drizzly rain, and stood for about 15 minutes at the corner of Burrard and Smithe. I pondered my choices while trying not to get poked in the eye by the Sutton Place loaner umbrella that the person in front of me was holding.
So I felt that I should go with their top-rated dog, the Korubata Terimayo. At nearly $7 (the sausage upgrade added $2), I omitted the sides. I handed my money over Japanese-style: putting it onto the counter with the bill on the bottom and coins nicely placed on top. No hand-touching!
It includes, a korubata sausage (made with Berkshire pork), teriyaki sauce, Japanese kewpie mayo, a small amount of grilled onions (that were sweet, not pungent), and nori bits. It took about 10 more minutes between ordering and the hot dog being ready.
So, I found a bit of cover at the wine shop nearby and took a picture before digging in. I have to say, it was delicious. The pork sausage was juicy and well seasoned but not fatty, and the toppings were very well balanced: sweet, savoury, rich and salty. I wouldn’t have minded even more nori, or a bit more toasty bun, but it was just great. Had the wait not been nearly 30 minutes, I would have gladly lined up for Round #2!