Hot dogs have experienced something of a gourmet revolution in recent years, with companies like Asia Dog topping sausages with kimchi or Crif Dogs creating bacon-wrapped dogs with avocado and sour cream. But there are hot dogs out there that, despite being separate from any sort of gourmet revolution, are just as wild. They are just how hot dogs happen to be enjoyed in certain foreign locales. We looked through our list of hot dogs from around the world and picked a few we thought were a little, well, out there — but that we would probably try nevertheless.
We must give a shout-out to Chile, whose hot dogs are not on this list because their standard fixings — tomatoes, avocados, mayonnaise, and sauerkraut — are not different enough from what we might enjoy in New York, Los Angeles, or any other city that is home to one of America’s best hot dogs. Though we must admit that Chile’s completo a lo pobre, a hot dog filled with fried onion and French fries and topped with a fried egg, is pretty outrageous. We almost can’t believe it’s not American.
Brazil is very lenient with what they call hot dog toppings; items like quail eggs, mashed potatoes, corn, peas, cheese, marinara sauce, and shoestring French fries are definitely not unheard of. A completo includes mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, corn, peas, tomatoes, onions, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fries, at least. Additional fillings could include mashed potatoes, chicken, cream cheese, ground meat, and/or olives.
Tunnbrodsrulle is essentially a hot dog rolled up inside a soft doughy roll that similar in shape to a wrap. Its condiments range from mashed potatoes to lettuce to onions, but a popular filling is raksallad (shrimp salad).
Puka Dog (Hawaii, United States)
Tucked into a mini loaf of bread, a puka dog contains pineapple (or pineapple relish), of course, and is accompanied by a spread of tropical items that includes guava mustard, star fruit relish, and garlic lemon sauce.
Shuco Dog (Guatemala)
A direct translation of “dirty dog,” these hot dogs are served on toasted hoagie-sized rolls with guacamole, boiled cabbage, mayonnaise, tomatoes, onions, and hot sauce.
Boerie Rolls (South Africa)
South African hot dogs are made with a sausage (boerewors) that is a combination of beef with either pork or lamb, but the flavor hardly stops there. The meat is infused with spices like nutmeg, cloves, and coriander seed, which give it a wintry taste that pairs so well with its usual toppings of chutney, mustard, and tomato relish.
“Hot Dog” (France)
Is it a hot dog or is it a croque monsieur? Neither; it is a “hot dog,” a hot dog baked in a baguette with gruyère cheese, that comes with the option of ketchup or a mushroom-based sauce. Traditional American hot dog shops are starting to gain popularity in Paris, but we know where we’d be if we had to choose.