In my mind, Vancouver is the food truck capital of Canada. Other cities try, but none can compete with warmer weather, the focus on healthier eating, and the sheer ethnic variety and creativity that the city seems to draw. It’s one thing to be able to get fish and chips, deli sandwiches, or tacos from a food truck… but something completely different to be able to find gluten free Guatemalan food, Salvadoran cuisine, organic juice, or Japanese hot dogs.
Yes… Japanese hot dogs. Japadog is a uniquely Vancouver institution (though there is now a truck in New York). On the menu are the always popular Terimayo (Teriyaki sauce, mayo and seaweed), the Oroshi (grated daikon with a special soya sauce), or the Yakiniku Rice (flavoured rice, BBQ style beef on top of an arabiki sausage).
Popular? Oh yeah… the line-ups are often long and it’s not uncommon to see a celebrity or two in amongst the hoards of people. I found one quote on the Japadog website that sums up their popularity:
There were times when we had to close the stand earlier due to the fact our hands would be numb from serving many hot dogs.
For La Niña, the toppings weren’t really a draw; however, the Kurobuta pork sausage was a real child pleaser and was an easy after camp snack for the I’ve-been-running-all-day-and-am-so-hungry-need-to-eat-now monster.