ZenDog is the one of many hot dog stands recently which has joined the growing hot dog craze. This largely takeaway stand with limited outdoor seating serves hot dogs with an Asian twist - a good one I might add.
I tried the Shiok Dog ($6), a localised dawg with a blend of black sauce and chilli. Quite addictive.
I also tried the Hotto Dogu, a Japanese interpretation of the hot dog which comes with lots of mayonnaise and dried seaweed. Nice balance of flavours on this dog as well.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the hot dogs. The only thing to note is that the portions are small so be prepared to eat multiple dogs in one seating.
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Ex-Ku De Ta executive chef Dan Segall and ex-tv actor Robin Leong started this hole-in-the-wall joint. Quite difficult to find, you have to go round the building if you walk from Shenton Way.
Decor: Outdoor siting only. No decor but comfortable chairs.
Service: Friendly and warm, and the (eurasian?) girl and (Malay?) boy are good-looking.
Food: Asian-inspired hotdogs. such as Chinese (Kungfu PanDog), Vietnamese (Fat Phat Dog), Japanese (hotto dogu) and Thai (Sawadee daaaag). Choice of beef or pork sausage.
Each costs $6. Top up $2 to get ZenChips and a drink. A drink costs $2 already, so might as well get the set if you want a drink.
K-Dog is topped with house-made kimchee, wasabi seaweed, bulgogi mustard and special guest performance by a k-pop star subjected to availability. The taste is what is described–nothing special. The ingredients don’t interact to give a sublime feeling. Like that lor.
Although I like my frankfurters hard, this beef sausage is too hard, no suppleness at all. It has to be a bit boing boing, if you know what I mean. Pick the pork sausage. The Shiok Dog has dark soy, coriander, fried shallots and Maggi chili sauce. That’s that lor. Again, like that lor.
The Zen Chips (pumpkin chips) taste like vegetable keropok. Like that lor.
Verdict: I honestly think the hotdogs should take some viagra and put in more effort. The buns and sausages are so generic they taste like those at the movie theaters. The food is mediocre and boring, so boring I don’t even want to spice up this review with inappropriate s** talk. Nothing you can’t cook at home. And given the poor location, how can the shop survive?