Monday, March 12, 2012

Another Type of New York City Hot Dog

The "Ito"

It's debatable, but I would say the food most associated with New York is the hot dog. You could argue that the title belongs to pizza, but who doesn't see hot dogs in a hot vat of water and not think of New York City?

But the hot dog I recently tried is far from the ones you can buy on every other Manhattan street corner. Asiadog is much more creative, and much more delicious.

Asiadog has a storefront in Nolita, but I tried it for the first time at its stand at the Brooklyn Flea. What makes Asiadog different? For one, you can choose your meat (or lack of it): beef, chicken and vegetarian options are available.

But, as you might expect from the name, it's the toppings that really make an Asiadog. I ordered an "Ito," so my beef hot dog was topped with Japanese curry and kimchi apples. Sweet and spicy and everything so nice. Next time I'll try the "Sidney" -- Thai mango relish and peanuts.

At $4.50 per dog (or two for $8; organic: $5 apiece or two for $9), it's kind of expensive and not all that filling. But hey, everyone's gotta make a living, and I think the Brooklyn Flea is known more for its unique offerings than its good deals anyway. In any case, an Asiadog is infinitely better than a soggy street dog pulled from greasy water.

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