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    Now that we've thoroughly discussed Hawaii's Best Hamburger, it's time to discuss that other American classic, the HOT DOG!

    Who serves the best Hot Dog you ever had here in the Aloha State? Also mention your favorite toppings!

    Hot Dogs actually seem a scarce item in Hawaii. Usually I only see them served from carts or concession stands fronting big box retailers. If you know of that hidden gem, let us know!

    With that in mind, to be honest one of my favorite is the BIG BITE from 7-11. Ha! I like it because the bun usually has a nice crisp to the crust, yet it's soft and pliable inside, with a sort of buttery flavor. Can't beat the Oscar Meyer in it also. Top that with the works: Ketchup, Mustard, Onions and Relish with a Slurpee on the side and I'm good to go!

    By far one of my favorite is actually more a spin on the corndog called the ANDADOG. You can only find this in September on Labor day weekend at the Okinawan Festival. They usually make it by sticking a wood stick in half of a cheap "BarS" type dog (hey, it's a fundraiser, ok?), then dipped in traditional Andagi batter (Okinawan doughnut) and deep-fried until GBD. So ono!

    In fact, I just bought some Andagi batter from Marukai and I'm going to attempt making ANDADOGS at home. Except I'm gonna' use the Polish Sausage from Costco. I'll keep ya' all posted on the results.

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    KC waffledogs. The Pearl Harbor PX parking lot hotdog stand...with kraut and mustard. Or chili and onions.

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    Best deal...not necessarily the best tasting...

    Has got to be the Costco ones!

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    Consolidated(Gawd, I miss them) theaters hot dogs.... also Costco's is good.

    Mustard and a little sauerkraut or relish and onions, but NO CATSUP!
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    The only problem I have with Costco's is the buns are usually soggy from sitting in that foil wrapper in the steamer.

    Just like a good hamburger, a good hot dog should have a lightly toasted bun.

    Speaking of Consolidated, something about paying over $3.00 for a hot dog in a theatre just makes it taste that much better. Must be a psychological justification for the guilt that I've just spent WAY TOO MUCH for it.

    One of the most expensive hot dogs I've ever seen on a restaurant menu is at The Shack... $3.95-6.95 just for the hot dog, which doesn't even include a side dish or drink.
    Last edited by Pomai; May 19th, 2006 at 12:01 PM.

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    Woody's carts are the closest you can get to the ones they used to sell at their little shop on Fort Street Mall near Rada's. I tend toward the Polish Sausage, myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    . Speaking of Consolidated, something about paying over $3.00 for a hot dog in a theatre just makes it taste that much better. Must be a psychological justification for the guilt that I've just spent WAY TOO MUCH for it.
    ....or maybe it taste better in the dark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieMisajon
    KC waffledogs.
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    Woody's at CompUSA on Ala Moana... with the garlic sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish and kraut... ONO.

    Eastside Grill has a pretty good hot dog on the menu, too...

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    For sure you can't beat the price of Costco and Sam's Club hot dogs (and polish sausage) at $1.50 with a cup of unlimited soda. As far as the condition of the buns I think Costco at Iwilei does it better than Sam's Club at Keeaumoku, but I suspect it's part of my timing since normally I would be eating lunch at Costco while it would be dinner time at Sam's Club.

    Also Costco has the additional deli mustard.

    It's been a long time since I had a 7-11 hot dog, I do like the cheese topping that is available.

    Movie hot dogs. Dole Cannery when it was a Signature had a seperate station where they sold ice cream, soda and a different types of hot dogs like the Hawaiian Spicy Link and another type that I can't remember.

    However I have to admit the best place to have a hot dog in a movie theater is Kukui Grove Cinema in Lihue, 4 different kinds of hot dogs at slight cheaper price than what Oahu theaters charge. Of course their soda fountains dispense Pepsi products as opposed to Coke products sort of off-sets their non-stadium seating arragements.

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    A had a good dog from da Food Pantry deli, believe it or not . Its a all beef hot dog (with or w/o cheese) served fresh on a toasted bun, w/ pickle and choice of potato, mac or slaw for $4.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui
    Gone. Closed. R.I.P.
    Umm... kinda-sorta, but not really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui
    Gone. Closed. R.I.P.
    Damn, that sucks. I loved going there. It was so easy cuz I lived on Kapahulu and then on Kapiolani, just past Kaimuki High School. When I used to catch TheBus or if I went walking to the post office on Kapahulu, I'd stop there. Man. Those Waffle Dogs were da grindz.

    And that was my vote for this thread. Or da Pronto Pups from Kapa'a Baseball Park. My younger brothers played basbeball and every game, I would see it and hunger for it and buy one and a Teri Burger.

    Quote Originally Posted by helen
    They sort of look like corn dogs (or pronto pups if you are from Kauai). Is the batter different?
    But... Pronto Pups are better than Corn Dogs, they're more sweeter.

    Seriously, I'll eat Pronto Pups, but I won't touch a corn dog unless I'm desperate. Something about them Pronto Pups back home are just different.

    Now I want a pronto pup and a flying saucer.
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    How about that old hot dog "supermarket conspiracy"....

    The buns come in a package of 8, but the hot dogs come in a package of 10.

    What are you supposed to do with the extra 2 hot dogs? They need buns too, damned it!

    Am I supposed to buy another package of buns and just feed the remaining 6 to the birds?

    The movie FATHER OF THE BRIDE has a classic scene based on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    How about that old hot dog "supermarket conspiracy"....The buns come in a package of 8, but the hot dogs come in a package of 10.
    No conspiracy; just a difference in what the meat and baking industries prefer. Check out this column from nineteen years ago for a more detailed supposition.

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    Can see dat I'm gonna have to dig out some pictures, and show you all how dey butcher a pig, over here....is NOT like at home!

    And den...ham, sausages, confit, blood pudding, head cheese, salami...mmmm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener
    No conspiracy; just a difference in what the meat and baking industries prefer. Check out this column from nineteen years ago for a more detailed supposition.
    Okay St. Louis is a 10 hot dog bun town. I wonder what it will take for Honolulu to be a 10 hot dog bun town?

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    Quote Originally Posted by helen
    Okay St. Louis is a 10 hot dog bun town. I wonder what it will take for Honolulu to be a 10 hot dog bun town?
    Peaceful demonstration? Letter-writing campaign? Boycott?

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    Anyone catch Emeril Live tonight? His show was about the Hot Dogs! That cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped hot dog looked ono!

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    Re: 8-pack buns to 10-pack hot dogs...

    I knew there was a logic behind it rather than conspiracy. It was just funny how Steve Martin's character in Father of the Bride exaggerated the latter and got arrested after tearing open all the hot dog buns in the supermarket to make them packs of 10.

    Brings to mind Frito Lay brand and how they cross-merchandise those "manini size" jars and cans of Nacho Cheese and Salsa for those BIG bags of chips. Do they expect us to stretch that for the whole bag? No way.... I need a TUB of dip!

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    Do they still make Maui Hot Dogs? Bright red and "crunchy"
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    Still to this day, I think Maalaea Store had the best. Perhaps its pure nostalgia on my part... hanging out by the harbor with my friends waiting for our dads to get back in from a day or two of fishing... but those plump, bright red hot dogs with thier steamy white buns ruled. The mustard was also special, I recall... seemed like one of those mayo-mustard hybrid affairs...

    More here on the store:

    http://starbulletin.com/2005/02/03/news/story11.html

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    Default Andagi + Hot Dog = Andadog

    One of the most unique "local" versions of the hot dog is the Andadog. It's usually only available once a year at the Okinawan Festival on Labor Day weekend in September at Kapiolani Park. I like it so much, that I've attempted for the first time making this at home, which you can check out here in this pictorial demonstration!...

    The Ingredients:


    Here's 4 variations of hot dogs I tried. Top to bottom: Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef, Redondo's (red) Hawaiian Winners, Redondo's Teriyaki Hawaiian Winners, Sinai Polish Sausages (from Costco).


    Here we have the packaged Andagi Mix, which is available (not always) at Marukai. According to the instructions on back (which I had translated from Japanese), the "wet" ingredients you must add are 3 eggs and 2 tablespoons oil; no water!. I discovered though that I needed to add 2 more eggs and 1 more tablespoon oil to thin it out to a "batter" consistency (total 5 eggs, 3 tbsp. oil).

    The Procedure:


    First I cut the hot dogs in half (the longer Polish dog was cut into thirds) then boiled them in plain water until fully cooked, then drained them until fully dry. You can probably leave them full-length, but this is how they do it at the festival.


    Here you see the dogs pre-cooked, fully dry and skewered. You can substitute skewers with disposable chopsticks cut in half.


    Here, I've just dipped a dog in the batter. My friend said to coat them in flour first to make the batter stick better, by I found it was better to dip them in as is (no flour coating). Just a thin coating is enough, as it will REALLY puff up as you'll see next. The dough is very "gluey", even in this "thinned" state, so I used a rice paddle to assist with the coating process. One package of Andagi was enough to make approximately 30 andadogs.


    Here I've just removed one from the hot oil. Pefectly golden brown delicious (GBD). Please note, the oil temperature is KEY when cooking Andagi. Too hot and the sugar in the batter will turn it BLACK and burnt on the outside and RAW inside. I lowered my stove to a notch below MEDIUM and it was just right. Andagi (in this case) cooks VERY fast - less than a minute - so you need to keep close eye on each one in the fryer. The most I've added in the fryer at once were 3, tops.

    End of Part 1. Next post Part 2.

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    Part 2 of 2.

    The Finished Product:



    Here are 4 of the best finished examples I had of each Andadog variation. Some were cooked darker (more burnt) than I would have liked, but they were still ono!


    Left to right: (Costco) Polish Dog, Redondo's Winner, Oscar Mayer, Redondo's Teriyaki Winner.

    Conclusion:
    My favorite of the 4 varieties was the (Costco) Polish Dog. It's strong flavor matched the best with the slightly sweet Andagi. A close second goes to the Teriyaki Winner, which helped enhance the sweetness of the Andagi, making it a flavorful standout. The red winner was my least favorite, as it didn't match well with the Andagi.

    I made this for our Memorial day beach picnic, and my family visiting from the mainland made quick work of the 30 Andadogs I created, enjoying every single bite. It was a fun trial and taste test that I'll certainly do again. If you've never tried them before, please do, Andadogs are really ono!
    Last edited by Pomai; May 30th, 2006 at 12:10 PM.

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    Great job with the andadogs, the photos and the instructional narrative.
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