In Short: Hot Dogs of the World is an innovative food truck with an aim to dispel the notion that hot dogs are just boiled franks in a bun. Incorporating flavours and fillings from around the world, there is definitely one that will lure you in. I loved the Mexican! A little spicy, and packed with flavour.
Hot Dogs of the World aren’t the new kids on the block. Their history is storied. If you were a child of the 80s, you may have come across Hot Dogs of the World in a Westfield Mall. Their reach expanded to the Gold Coast and even down to Belconnen Mall in Canberra. The financial crisis that gripped the world in the late 80s slowed things down and laid dormant but you can’t keep a good man down and in 2020, Oris and his team got the bright red trailer fired up with a menu of 7 hot dogs and a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
Depending on when you visit, there will also be a special hot dog on the menu. Their trailer can be spotted in Sydney suburbia and on our visit, we found them at Meadowbank Skate Park. They can also be found at a couple breweries, including Bay Rd Brewery and Young Henrys.
Because we love our Asian food especially satays, we had to try the Singapore. Soft hot dog bun filled with a juicy 100% beef frankfurter hot dog, lettuce, drizzled with the special satay sauce and topped with crispy toasted onions, it is a hot dog with an Asian twist. In all honesty, I never though hot dog and satay sauce would work, but I was proven wrong. The peanut flavoured satay sauce is both sweet and savory at the same time. Coupled with the fried shallots, if you closed your eyes and just your taste buds guide you, you could almost imagine you are in Singapore, eating a satay sandwiched in a bun instead of a skewer.
Philly Cheesesteak is a famous fast food originating from Philadelphia, USA, from which it gets its name. In its most simple and uncomplicated form, it is juicy pieces of tender steak topped with melted cheese, encased in a hoagie roll. The real test here is, would this food truck version of Philly Cheesesteak measure up to some of the original famous versions served in America ? The answer to this is a resounding yes. Instead of a hot dog, you get tender pieces of steak meat with an option to top it with the original provolone cheese or to try something different with the house special cheese sauce, which is more rich and oozy. Whichever cheese option you go with, there is no mistaking the goodness of this sandwich option. The original Philly Cheesesteak is usually served in a hoagie roll which has a more chewy texture, but the soft hot dog bun used by Hot Dogs of the world works just as well as it absorbs the flavours from the meat and cheese. In fact this sandwich was so good, I had even had little Coco and Viner Sammi fighting with me over the sandwich!
Next, we cross the border from the USA to Mexico. If you like your Mexican food especially Tacos with chill con carne and guacamole, this one is for you. The Mexico hot dog has the beef frankfurter hot dog crowned with grated cheese, chilli concarne, jalapeno peppers, toasted onions and guacamole. It is like a taco with the tortilla replaced with a hot dog bun. The only recommendation is to have a couple of serviettes on standby as you tuck into the sandwich because just like a regular taco, the generous guacamole and chilli con carne was overflowing from its bread casing, making it finger licking good.
No fast food meal is complete without a serve of fries. Hot Dogs of the World has 2 fries option. You can go with the regular fries or live a little and go the Loaded Fries. On top of the fries, you get the house cheese sauce, the dog squad special sauce, and topped with bacon. To say its fully loaded is an understatement! Well done chips is one thing and here at Hot Dogs of the World, they are perfect but then to add in the cheese sauce, which is specially sourced from the US and with the hit of the dog squad special sauce, really does take it up a couple notches in our book!
We really enjoyed stopping by Meadowbank Skate park and spending the afternoon under a tree eating hot dogs. It’s just the perfect location for the kids to scoot and skate around with Hot Dogs of the World a few metres away. Keep a watch on their Facebook or Instagram page to see where they will pop up and plan an afternoon or evening with hot hogs on your mind, you will not be disappointed.