Japa Dog re-defines what a hot dog can taste like by incorporating Japanese cuisine into the North American staple food. Established in 2005 and operating out of Vancouver, they bring a unique twist on hot dogs to the general public. Seawead? Teriyaki sauce? Japanese mayonnaise? Jalapeno and cheese? These are just some of the ingredients included in Japa Dog’s most popular item on their menu -- the Spicey Cheese Terimayo.
At first glance, one might raise their eyebrow at the sight of these odd dogs. The various ingredients used seem to clash, however, these hot dogs are just one of those things that are surprisingly tasty. The business is located in downtown Vancouver on the corner of Smithe and Burrard. Having been featured in every major newspaper in town, Japa Dog has garnered a strong following from the public. With their overly friendly staff and large selection, they continue to rise even more in popularity. Japa Dog also has sights on Toronto for expansion.
This idea can be implemented to other food businesses such as restaurants, cafes and even other hot dog stands. Experimentation with different cuisines and mixing them together can result in a dish that is surprisingly delicious treat.