Place of Origin: Houston, TX
Other Names: Happy Endings Dog, Spicy Japa Dog
Like most Japanese - inspired hot dogs, this combination of wasabi and dog comes not from Japan, but from the states…though not the states you might expect. Where most fusion dogs came from the Pacific Northwest, this particular spicy fusion wiener comes from deep down in Texas. Despite being a relative newcomer, it has lost its origins amid the burgeoning fusion-dog trend among restaurants, food trucks, and stands that swamped the United States in the early 2000s. Today you can find just about any Japanese ingredient mixed in and the dogs are in nearly every city. This particular Wasabi Dog recipe is inspired by a food truck, happy endings, in Houston, Texas. The use of a Hawaiian roll gives it a sweet bite that pairs nicely with the salty, savory sauces.
© 2023 Russell van Kraayenburg / Quirk Books · Reproduced with permission.
Prep: Make wasabi mayonnaise and katsu sauce, if using homemade.
Assembly: Get out a Hawaiian sweet roll. Grill an all-beef hot dog. Place the hot dog in the roll. Top with a smear of wasabi mayo, a line of katsu sauce, a sprinkle of katsuobushi, and a handful of seaweed strips.
Pair this dog with Wasabi Fries - if you can handle the heat!
Katsu sauce is a sweet and tangy condiment traditionally made with applesauce, tomatoes, carrots, onions, spices, and soy sauce.
Kitchen Notes: Katsuobushi are dried fish flakes made from skipjack tuna; they can be expensive, but bonito flakes are an affordable alternative. Nori is edible seaweed sold in dried sheets that can be sliced into strips and piled on top of this dog.