5 Craziest Hot Dogs Around London
When ketchup and mustard just won't do on your hot dog, here are some of the more unusual takes on the classic American favourite. From a Japanese-inspired noodle dog to a deep-fried, bacon-wrapped frank, these dogs are the talk of the town.
What: The Ripper
Why: What's not to love about the artery-clogging dog at this mini fast-food chain? Streaky bacon strips are wrapped around a pork frank, deep-fried and then topped with spicy relish, onions and mustard.
Tavistock St., WC2E 8BE; 020 7240 4852
What: Dirty Dog
Why: Track down this food truck and treat yourself to a deliciously messy minced-beef hot dog seasoned with garlic, paprika and black pepper that is served oozing with cheese, homemade chili, and topped with fresh jalapeños.
What: World Dogs
Why: To celebrate the World Cup, Fitzrovia's champagne-and-hot-dog restaurant is offering limited-edition dogs inspired by the competing countries from Mexico to France or Greece. Choose from the Junya-San topped with stir-fried noodles, nori and toasted sesame seeds, a German currywurst version — a beef or pork sausage served with curry sauce and fried potatoes — or the Jean Pierre with cornichon mayo, beer-pickled onion, potatoes and melted raclette.
70 Charlotte St., W1T 4QG; 020 7637 7770
What: The Asian Dog (pictured)
Why: Pork, beef or veggie dogs at Kensington's hot dog diner are given an Oriental makeover, topped with kimchi purée, wasabi mayonnaise, crispy seaweed and sesame seed.
20 Kensington Church St., W8 4EP; 020 7920 6434
What: Shack-Cago Dog
Why: German all-beef sausage is served as a flat-top dog at Covent Garden's Shake Shack, which means the sausage is split in the middle, girdled until crisp and stuffed with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle and tomato.
24 Market Bldg., The Piazza, WC2E 8RD; 020 3598 1360