They are often parked at NY music venues during popular show
Order the BEEF not chicken Hot Dog.
New York has more hot dog carts and vendors than any other city in the country. Popular establishments include Gray’s Papaya, Papaya King and Nathan’s. So the question is, if you can get a tasty authentic New York dog in the city for under $2, why pay more than twice that amount for a fancy hot dog?
Designer hot dogs generally always taste better, are made with higher quality meat and grilled – not steamed nor stored indefinitely in a vending cart.
I spotted the Asia Dog pop up this past weekend at the Saturday Brooklyn Flea Market and decided to give them a try. The line at 4 pm was long but moving fast and most orders were up ready within 5-7 minutes.
Ordering at Asia Dog is easy; first choose your dog – beef, chicken, organic beef or vegetarian. Hot dogs are traditionally made of meat; not poultry, so don’t order the chicken. The organic beef wasn’t especially memorable, so save your buck and go regular. If you’re a vegetarian, I can’t fully advise you whatsoever, except that your dog will not be juicy and meaty, or worth the $4 price tag.
Next choose your topping. There are 7 choices, all with its own name ranging from the basic “Ginny” – spicy Kimchi & black seaweed flakes, to “Vinh” which is all the goodness of a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich topping consisting of Pate, aioli, cucumbers, pickled carrots, and Daikon, to the “Mash” – spicy Ketchup, Jalapeno Mustard, and crushed potato chips. Asia Dog also orders a burger option; their signature $5 Korean Bulgogi, marinated with brown sugar, sesame oil and garlic. Occasionally there is a special, which today was a (sold out) pulled pork sandwich.
I ordered the beef hot dog, positioned on a soft bun. It was nicely grilled for the right amount of crunch and not too charred, with the “Wangding” topping, consisting of a pile of Chinese BBQ Pork Belly (aka Char Siu) smothered with chopped green onions and a tinge of Chinese Hoison sauce. Perfection!
You really can’t go wrong with any of the 7 toppings; it really depends what type of Asian you are craving. My only disappointment is that there isn’t a PORK hot dog option. For me, the best tasting hot dogs are made of beef, pork or a combination of the two.
Pricing is as follows:
Beef and Chicken are $4 each or 2 for $7.
Organic beef or vegetarian are $5 each or 2 for $9.
One is plenty satisfying… and as the theme is Asian influenced, there are no fries or carb like potato dishes on the Asia Dog menu.
One final note, Asia Dog will be on site this weekend at All Tomorrow’s Parties for those of you heading up to Kutsher’s Country Club. This is a delicious option to the usual dismal festival food.