I’m sure we all have our fair share of experience eating hotdogs in our lives.
And I’m very sure that many of us have the same experience where the sauces just leaks out of the bun with every bite or when there is a paper bag, just drips in the paper bag, wasted.
The few smart ones among us will leave a small piece of the bread bun to just wipe off the sauces in the paper bag. Hey, waste not, right?
Following the trail of Anthony Bourdain in Hawaii, I found Hula Dog aka Puka Dog stand in Waikiki. Along Kuhio Avenue, at the T junction right across a Starbucks joint and a famous Fish Taco joint (which unfortunately it was closed on the day I was there), this stall is hard to miss.
It’s an interesting hot dog concept stall where you get to choose, not only the type of hot dogs you want, but also the type of bread you prefer. Oh, and not to forget, the many different type of relish.
Like ordering a sandwich from Subway, this place just spoils you rotten with the choices they have for each category!
Another highlight of their stand is their hand-cranked freshly squeezed lemonade! The sugar is added on the spot, which is a delight because I can ask for less sugar for my lemonade.
I ordered a bacon-bits taro (yam) bread with a veggie sausage (all the other meat sausages has beef and I don’t eat beef!) with mild garlic lemon sauce topped with mango, pineapple and Lilikoi relish.
Besides the bite of the bacon bits, I found that the bread has not much of a taro (yam) taste. The relish were very complimenting to the otherwise bland vege sausage, and the overall of sweet and salty goodness coats your mouth with every bite to the bursting sausage case.
The bread resembles the bread buns in local bakeries in Singapore, so one hot dog bun for Hula Dog is like two buns worth. I thought that was really interesting rather than the standard shape of the hotdog buns.
The plus point for me is the lemonade cause I get to control the sugar that was added into it (it should be this way everywhere!! but…. sighz..) and remember to stir it consistently to mix in the fine sugar powder!! I didn’t so… I think you can imagine how the last bits of the drink would taste like.
Overall, one word takes the win home. YUMS!
Join me on my order at Huladog!
HULA DOG WAIKIKI
2301 Kuhio Ave, International Market Place, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815, USA.
(Update: 23 March 2014 :: I recently found out this location has closed.)
1102 Bishop Street, Ste 5, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA.
(They have opened at this new location.)