Tuesday, 20 May 2008

my love of hotdogs in tokyo


I love hotdogs. In fact I'm all for local street food wherever you happen to be; roasted corn and chestnuts in Paris, dumplings in Hong Kong or noodles in Thailand.

The Japanese obsession with everything exceptionally, quintessentially American extends to everything including baseball, pop culture and the greatest American love of all; fast food.

I've noticed since I've been here that there seems to be an abundance of fast food available and yet nobody is particularly plump in the waistline. Let's make large and sweeping generalisations about genetics and cultural diet and move straight onto portion size. They're not huge and hence people can enjoy it without looking...um..American?

We found a street vendor in Shinjuku on Meiji-Dori run by an American ex-pat specialising in 'New York' hot dogs with all the trimmings...including melted cheese, lettuce, tomato ketchup, relish, onion and mustard...phew! For 500 yen (around $5), it was a much needed shopping pit-stop snack on the go.

nyc hot dog

If you're more into the slightly fancier version, there is a great cafe called Forbidden Fruit on Omotosando, right across the road from the Dior building and part of the Omtosando Hills shopping complex in Aoyoma. Try the German, for sauerkraut, mayonaise and lettuce. Wash it down with a Pink Floyd...a fruit frappe with pineapple, passionfruit, strawberries and ginger.