Burnaby gets first major street food restaurant in Brentwood

If you haven’t traveled much, you probably haven’t had the opportunity to sample the different types of street food this world has to offer.

When I travel, I always taste the local street vendors as much as the fanciest restaurants. There’s something special about eating a nice hot meal while strolling through a city.

You can get that experience now with Burnaby’s first major street food restaurant, as a Japadog franchise has now opened in the Tables food court at Amazing Brentwood.

I first tried Japadog when I was working in Vancouver and there was a food truck set up near the Olympic Village office. Japadog is exactly that – Japanese-style hot dogs that use premium ingredients and a variety of Asian sauces like miso, plus fried potatoes with amazing flavors.

Let’s start with the meats, which include wagyu and kobe beef, pork cutlet, as well as different types of sausages like turkey, shrimp, arabiki and more. Or you can ditch the meat and get an ebi tempura shrimp as a base.

Then you can add all kinds of ingredients like yakisoba noodles, cabbage, bonito flakes, seaweed, shredded radishes, and then all the usual ingredients like onions and avocado.

Then you just have to choose a sauce – make it sweet, spicy or savory.

For dessert, I love the fried bread topped with scoops of ice cream.

Japadog is ridiculously decadent.

The company is a real success story, starting with a mobile cart and expanding to physical restaurants that have spread across the United States.

“JAPADOG’s story began with an ambitious Japanese couple with limited funds moving from Japan to Canada with the dream of creating a world-class food stall,” the company explains. “Nothing came easily, but the hot dog stand was finally ready to operate on the streets of Vancouver. Once the stand opened, we faced many challenges, including the language barrier and working alone on the stands. I still vividly remember facing the cold winter mornings and evenings. However, despite all the obstacles, JAPADOG slowly started to get noticed by the public.”

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