Street food is the pits in Vancouver.
As far as I know there are nothing but hot dogs that are allowed on the streets. It is kind of sad right? With such a cosmopolitan population, there are so much potential to make Vancouver the mecca of street food. Already we are probably one of the best in terms on ethnic cuisine in North America but for street food, it is the pits … with one exception.
Despite this limitation imposed on street food vendors by the city health authorities, we do have something that we could be proud of.
When Anthony Bourdain came to Vancouver, the one thing he chose to feature was Japadog (wind to the 7th minute of the youtube above). I might be wrong but I think Japadog is uniquely Vancouver.
Japadog started off with a storm at the corner of Burrard and Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Back then, the long queues were a spectacle. There were people who would stand in line for 30 minutes just for a hotdog.
When I was there recently, there was no queue. Maybe it was because they were forced to move across the street due to ongoing road construction at their usual spot and not many of their regular customers were aware if it.
Besides Bourdain, there are quite a number of famous people who had tried Japadog. They proudly display their famous fans’ pictures on their cart and what they ate.
Some of them are more famous than others. Click on the picture above if you can’t read properly who they are. 😉
Bewildered by the many combinations, I decided that that I won’t go wrong with their most expensive item on their menu — the Kurobuta Terimayo.
Kurobuta is described as the “Kobe Beef” of pork. According to Wikipedia, Kurobuta is listed as vulnerable because their are only 300 breeding females. Hmmm … I learn new things everyday.
I am not a hotdog person but I like Japadog. It is unlike any hotdog I had ever tried. What makes Japadog a difference is the … “Terimayo”. I can only guess that Terimayo is a play on the words teriyaki sauce and mayonnaise.
The bread was a bit dry but otherwise it was great. I could eat this everyday.
I was thinking … Japadog would be very easy to imitate. I am curious why there are no one who copies them until now.
It is confusing deciding what to order right?
I know you can’t read that small notice that was paste across the word between “Oroshi” and “Kurobuta” on the right image. That note says that the Vancouver City is imposing more stringent conditions on Japadog during winter and this will mean they will have to scale down their menu. The note says that they are still negotiating with the City over this issue.
About a block or two away, Japadog is opening a restaurant. Can you believe that?
It is on Robson between Seymour and Richards. They are going to open in November.
I am curious as to direction that Japadog is going. Are they moving to a shop because of they are forced to do so by the city …
… or do you think it has to do with the Olympics? I can just imagine that if they play their cards right, the Olympics could be a mega springboard for this uniquely Vancouver brand. They are located right smack in the middle of the party zones of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. I am making this up … but … why not, right?
There are three locations where you could get the Japadog. The three locations are marked in red pushpins and the new restaurant location is marked with the blueish icon.