Not Your Typical Hotdog

Yesterday the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky. While my trusty phone app told me it was going to rain, the weather gods pulled through and gave us endless amounts of sunshine. My mom and brother came in for the day and I had to take them to Madison Square Eats. It’s only around September 27 to October 25 and it’s amazing.

There are at least 20 different food ‘stalls’ lined in rows with every type of cuisine you could imagine. My mom and I had been once before and knew to make a beeline for our two favorite stalls: Red Hook Lobster and Asia Dog. Red Hook lobster has THE BEST lobster rolls in the world. We both ordered the ‘Maine style lobster roll:’ chunks of fresh Maine lobster salad atop a toasted hot dog bun. The lobster was tender and juicy and the roll was the perfect amount of crisp. Can you say heaven?!

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We devoured those in minutes. Then it was on to Asia Dog. I’m not a huge hotdog fan but when it comes to these I can’t get enough. This isn’t you typical hotdog. Since we couldn’t each just choose one, we opted for two different Asia dogs: the Vinh and the Sidney.

You start with a base (we chose the organic beef hotdog) and then chose toppings. The Vinh is: aioli + pate + cucumbers + pickled carrot and daikon + cilantro + jalapeno. YUM. I never would have guessed these combinations of different flavors would work as a hotdog topping–it sure beats ketchup and mustard. Our second hotdog (the Sidney) was: relish with mango + cucumber + red onion + cilantro + crushed peanuts + fish sauce. Another one for the win, Asia Dog is killing it with the flavor profiles.

If you haven’t been to Madison Square Eats, I recommend you go! Just remember to go on an empty stomach, you’ll want to eat everything there (I’m not kidding). There are so many other stalls I wanted to try but my eyes were bigger than my stomach that day. If anyone has been and has tried any other glorious food, please let me know! I know I’ll be making a trip to the actual Asia Dog restaurant. But until next time, keep eating!

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