When it comes to quintessentially United States of Appetising food, it’s hard to beat a typical baseball ground hotdog. Unless, that is, you travel to one of these alternative destinations.
Cape Town, South Africa
'Boerie rolls' in Cape Town, South Africa
A ‘boerie roll’ (Afrikaans for ‘farmer’s roll’) is a simple yet effective variation on the hotdog. Made with beef braaied (‘braided’) sausage – long coiled sausages that are usually grilled outdoors – the boerie roll is served in a split hotdog bun and covered in ketchup or homemade tomato relish and fried onions. Give it a try at the next Cape Town Street Food Festival in Woodstock and top it off with a glass of locally-produced wine at the DoubleTree.
'Halv Special' in Malmö, Sweden
Shrimp salad and mashed potato are not the first things the come to mind when most of us hear the word ‘hotdog’, but the trend-setting Swedes have incorporated both things into their own take on the dish: the delicious ‘Halv Special’. While most hotdogs in Malmö are served with bread, mustard, and ketchup, kiosks throughout the city centre include more unusual toppings on their menus. Grab one at the Möllevången district main square and then sleep it off at the More Hotel.
Hotdogs cut into the shape of octopuses in Osaka, Japan
Hotdog fans really are spoilt for choice in Osaka, where sausages are served in all forms: from the traditional bun or on a stick in the classic corn-dog style, through to hotdogs cut in the shape of octopuses and included in bento boxes. Pay a visit to the city’s Kuromon Ichiba Food Market to try some of these weird and wonderful variations, or buy the ingredients to make your own version back at the self-catered Dotonbori Guesthouse Yen.
Try a 'completo' in Santiago, Chile
USA food may be known for its generous portions but if you want to go bigger (and dare we say, better?) then head to Chile for a ‘completo’. These brimming buns are twice the size of a North American hotdog and are filled with avocado, sauerkraut, tomatoes, Chilean chili and cheese. The Santiago Food Truck Festival is a great place to try the completo and – after waiting the appropriate amount of time – follow it up with a dip in the Hotel Cumbres Lastarria pool.
Deep-fried waffle hotdogs in Manila, Philippines
Hotdogs are so popular in the Philippines that they can be served for breakfast, as a quick lunch snack with rice and relish, or chopped up in a tomato sauce as part of the evening meal. But it’s the waffle hotdog that is truly worth travelling for. Skewered and deep-fried in golden hotcake batter, the waffle hotdog is a popular feature of Manila’s street food scene and especially at the McKinley West Food Truck Festival. And when you’ve (over) indulged the Discovery Primea is a great place to recover.
Make a trip to the Bogotá Food and Wine Festival
The kind of hotdogs you find in Colombia vary by location; in the city centres they come with ketchup, mustard, salsa, cheese, crisps and even a quail egg. Meanwhile, hotdogs served along the coast have lots of fresh lettuce to combat the heat and both locations indulge in a version called ‘perra’ that (controversially) uses bacon instead of sausage. The Bogotá Food and Wine Festival is always worth a trip, pick up a few traditional and non-traditional hotdogs before heading to the NH Collection Bogotá Royal (one of the festival venues) for a round of cocktails.