United States of America
If you haven’t been paying attention to this gastronomic saga, then you have missed a number of juicy facts about our all-time favourite treat – hot dogs
To shortly recap, we’ve taken you to different corners of the globe – from the Philippines (Asia), to Sydney (Australia), South Africa (Africa) and all the way to Norway (Europe) – and discovered many interesting ways hot dogs are prepared and served.
In the last instalment of our five-part article, let’s head on to the United States of America – the world’s hot dog capital. Nothing else screams USA more than hot dogs.
New York City
Hot dogs undeniably reign in the streets of the Big Apple; you can see hot dog carts only a few feet away from each other. Also known as the street dog, this classic treat is enjoyed with some mustard and sautéed onions on top. Some avid eaters add a bit of chili powder to add a kick of flavour. In upstate New York hails a favourite – Michigan red hots. These are steamed beef franks served in steamed buns and topped with chopped onions, minced meat chili and mustard.
New Jersey is famous for its Italian-style hot dogs. These are skinny all-beef hotdogs deep fried or griddled and stuffed into Italian bread or ‘pizza bread’ that looks like a thick pita. They are then topped with peppers, onions and potato disks. Another version of this, a double dog, substitutes the potato rounds with French fries.
The Chicago-style hot dog is probably one of the oldest varieties around. This popular gourmet treat typically includes all-beef hot dogs, chopped onions, a pickle spear, tomato wedges, sport peppers and mustard. The savoury ingredients are stuffed into a poppy seed bun and sprinkled with some celery salt. Unlike other varieties, this does not come with ketchup.
Heading South, West Virginia boasts of its classic Slaw Dog which is a tasty combination of a hot dog (usually a foot long), a meat sauce that serves as the bed or blanket of the hot dog, yellow mustard, and chopped onions, and then crowned with creamy coleslaw. Similar variations can also be found throughout the South Eastern region.
Moving to the South West, Arizona is known for the Sonoran. Taking notes from its neighbour, Sonora, Mexico, Arizona has come up with this delectable hot dog variation. For their version, a hot dog is wrapped in bacon then added with toppings like mayo, mustard, onions, chopped tomatoes, pinto beans and jalapeños. It’s like a burrito, but with a hot dog twist.
The City of Angels is not only home to world famous celebrities and the iconic Hollywood sign, it’s also known for its bacon-wrapped grilled hot dogs. Who doesn’t love bacon? On top of that, the Hollywood hot dogs are also smothered in onions and relish—truly a wonderful treat for the tongue. These fine delicacies are sold in shopping carts in the streets late at night, making them a staple for partygoers and night owls.
In the Pacific Northeast, the Seattle-style cream cheese dog is a big hit. For this variation, the sausages are typically grilled and split in half. They are then served on toasted buns topped with grilled onions, sauerkraut or jalapeños and choice of condiments such as barbeque sauce, Sriracha and mustard. Carts serving these tasty treats are spread across the Emerald City.
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