Last visited: January 24, 2010
Area: Vancouver, BC (Downtown)
Address: Northwest corner of Burrard & Smithe, in front of Sutton Place hotel
Price range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Specializes in Japanese hot dogs
- Pork, beef, turkey, veggie options
- Special for Kurobuta sausage: 100% pure all-natural Berkshire pork
- Most popular for Terimayo hot dog
- New Terimayo hot dog menu: ft different versions of mo st popular hot dog
- New Edamame hot dog menu
- Hot, fresh w/exotic Japanese ingredients
- Japanese operated
- Japanese condiments: wasabi mayo etc.
- New condiment – special plum sauce from Japan
- Long lines, busy at peak hours
- Attracts locals, tourists and famous people
- Second location at W Pender & Burrard
Japadog is a Vancouver institution for hot dogs. It’s something that started here and it’s one of the first Vancouver food carts to really make a name for themselves. Every time I have an out of town guest visit, Japadog is easily on the “must try” list. It’s easy, quick, very “Vancouver”, different, and affordable!
I was planning on ordering the Terimayo, but upon arrival I noticed a new sign featuring their new item the “Edamame Dog”. Obviously I had to try it! They offer a few different versions of it so in the end I decided to go for a combination of the new and the old. I opted for the Edamame Terimayo!
On the table:
Edamame Terimayo – 4.5/6
- Bratwurst, Edamame, Teriyaki sauce, Japanese Mayo, Seaweed $6.25
- I wish I liked it more. It was good, but I was expecting more.
- I love Edamame so I thought this would be a great idea, but I actually like the regular Terimayo better than this.
- There are no surprises here. It’s a bratwurst with Edamame beans and that’s it. The bratwurst was slit and the Edamame beans were actually placed in between the slits.
- Since they used a bratwurst it’s not as flavourful as the 100% beef Jalapeno and Cheddar smokie in the Terimayo. It was exactly the same as the original Terimayo but they replaced the sausage. I think the beef would have overpowered the Edamame beans, but at the same time the brawurst didn’t do much for it either. I needed to add a lot (more than usual) of wasabi mayo to give it more flavour.
- The Edamame just added texture, but not really flavour. There was nothing really special about having them in there and I couldn’t even really taste them. I wanted more Edamame flavour or even just more to it. It was too simple and even tasted too simple.
- A couple bites after I noticed that edamame was also found throughout the hot dog and that was the only part that impressed me…otherwise I would have felt a bit ripped off.
- It’s actually a bit pricey for a hot dog, but it is really good so I don’t mind.