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Japadog

[Guest post by the notorious Mr. Clam]
 
(Pictures taken from the Japa Dog website)
 
 
Yokoso Japadog.  (Can I actually say that?) It’s supposed to mean welcome to Japadog, but I’m not sure if that’s grammatically correct.  However, Japadog is not about a lesson in the Japanese language, but a lesson in culinary fusion.
 
The beloved Editor-in-chief of Food Lab Asia and I were about to venture out on a bike ride around Stanley Park.  We had ridden our bikes to the SkyTrain and took the train to Waterfront.  We hadn’t had breakfast and we were starving.  As good fortune has it, Japadog has opened up a stand down by Waterfront Station. To be exact, it’s at the intersection of Granville and Cordova.
 
 
 
Our dear Editor-in-chief ordered the very original Ebi Chili dog.  Ebi is Japanese for shrimp.  As you can tell from the photo below, there was plenty of teeny-weeny shrimp to tickle the taste buds.  I suppose this dog is not for the texture-sensitive eater, but I really liked my bite of this dog.
 
 
What’s more, there’s even shrimp hiding within the sausage itself.  I can see my texture-sensitive friends shuddering already.  Our taste buds, however, really loved the taste of shrimp embedded in the sausage and the texture was excitingly different.
 
 
 
I ended up ordering the Kurobuta Terimayo.  If we break down the name, we discover what’s in this dog.  (I guess there is a bit of a lesson in the Japanese language, after all).  Kuro is “black” and buta is “pig” or “pork.”  The “black pig” is apparently the Japanese bred version of Berkshire pigs.  Then there is teri, which is short for teriyaki, and mayo, which is (you guessed it) mayonnaise.  I also love all the love all the nori on the top of this dog.  Again, this dog may not appeal our texture-sensitive friends out there.  For me, though, I would have liked some bonito flakes to dance atop a sizzling dog (but that’s a different Japadog altogether).  This one is a classic alongside the Beef Terimayo.
 

Kurobuta Terimayo

 
A quick glance at the menu at Japadog Waterfront, we see that there are some new dogs in the works.  There’s a Salmon Dog on the way.  I also have yet to try their Gokudare.  No Japanese lesson on this dog.  I haven’t the foggiest idea what gokudare means.
 
 
With Japadogs safely stored away in our digestive systems, we had enough carbs and protein to start the bicycle ride around Stanley Park.  See y’all later.

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Bakudanyaki

 

Mr. Clam and I had to bring our little princess, Mia, to see a vet yesterday.  The appointment was late in the afternoon, and it was in Richmond.  We thought, we might as well have dinner before we go home.  Now here’s the challenge – we can’t bring Mia to any restaurant, since no pet is allowed in any restaurant.  We thought and thought… Mr. Clam was thinking… maybe Steveston for Fish and Chip?  But I thought it was too far.  Then… Bakudanyaki came to my mind.  I had ALWAYS wanted to try it.  It’s out in a parking lot, which means Mia would be allowed there.  So, we drove over to this little parking lot for our dinner.

The entrance:

I thought there was only ONE trailer selling bakudanyaki there… as that’s why my friend told me.  Turned out that they now have 2 more trailers joinig it.  One selling sushi, and the other one selling ramen.

 The 3 trailers – bakudanyaki on the left, sushi in the middle, and ramen on the right.

 

 In case you’re wondering what a bakudanyaki is, it’s a GIANT takoyaki.  How giant is giant?  You can take a look at the picture below.  The bakudanyaki fills up a Chinese take out box… and the box.. hmm… you can compare it to my hand.  So… I’d say… it’s about the size of my palm.  Anyways, the bakudanyaki has lots of stuff inside (BUT THERE’S NO TAKO!  Kinda disappointed since I like tako so much!).  According to the official website, Bakudanyaki, it has shrimp, cabbage, calamari, squid, rice cake, fish cake and quail egg.  Overall, it was very yummy! 🙂  It was so good that after eating one, Mr. Clam and I ordered another one. 😛

Off to the next railer – sushi.
 

It’s quite intersting that you can customize your own cone.  Not sure if you can see the picture above, but you can choose the cone size, the cone (either soy crepe or seaweed), and what goes inside your cone.  Since Mr. Clam and I are sharing a cone, we ordered the $5 cone which is this big:

 

Again, you really need to compare it to my hand.  It was pretty big.  I think it can easily fill a person if you order a $5 cone.  Of course, since Mr. Clam and I are sharing… it wasn’t too bad.  Anyways… we ordered a spicy salmon cone.  It was VERY yummy! 🙂  I don’t know what sipcy thing he put inside… it totally brought out the flavour!  (I know I have had that spicy thing before… but I forgot what it was… )  After finishing the cone… I wanted to try the soy crepe cone… but then… we decided the try the ramen place before we order another one.  IF we had room left for the soy crepe, we’d order it.  If not… well, it’ll be for next time.

Up onto the ramen trailer: 

Here, the owner sells ramen.  We thought it’d be ramen in soup, coz that’s the kind that we usually imagine a ramen is.  But the owner doesn’t have the ramen in soup.  Instead, he has a special ramen for summer – Ramen salad.  We ordered one, and it’s like this:

It’s actually not bad! 🙂 It’s not the kinda of cold noodles I expected (I thought they’re usually in sesame sauce).  The sauce isn’t very sesame-ish, but sorta like… rice vinegar mixed with something else. 

Hmm… how sure if they’ll have ramen in soup in the winter…  OR if they’ll have ODEN in the winter???  OH I LOVE ODEN!!!

If you’d like to go there too, here’s the address and hours:

8740 Charles St.
Richmond, BC

Open 7 days a week

3:00pm – 10:00pm

Look for this sign!

Btw.. if you wanna take public transit, this place is really cloes to the Bridgeport station.  After you get off the station, look for a parking lot.  You should see 3 trailers there.

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