Of late, I have been obsessed with danger dogs, the over-the-top street snack from Tijuana. It's a hot dog wrapped in bacon and deep fried, nestled in a bun and topped with grilled onions, jalapeños, mayonnaise, and any number of other condiments like ketchup, mustard, refried beans, and cheese.
Thinking about my dream danger dog got out of control really fast. I could see using all of the above ingredients plus avocado, tomatoes, and sour cream. Who makes a bun that big? Anyway, I started thinking about what an Asian-inspired danger dog would look like, and again, my thoughts ran wild. Reigning myself in a bit, I came up with this recipe. But here's a list of things that I considered but decided not to use in this recipe; maybe you'd want to give some of them a try (I probably will!):
mustard (Dijon or even a wee bit of spicy Chinese mustard or wasabi)
sweet and sour sauce
grilled shiitake mushrooms
I cook my dogs in a cast iron pan, but if you want to go the extra, deep frying mile, more power to you. And don't forget to make extra Sriracha mayonnaise to go with the french fries you're going to want on the side! - vvvanessa —vvvanessa
Test Kitchen Notes
What's more suited to street eating than a hot dog? Not much. Vvvanessa has elevated her dog to a higher plane, first swathing it in bacon, then nestling it on a bed of tangy, spicy beansprout slaw. The sprouts are softened into submission with a handy salting technique, then tossed with sweet shredded carrot, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno and rice wine vinegar. The acid in the slaw cuts through the salt and the fattiness of the hot dog, and a sriracha-laced mayo stands in for more quotidien condiments. A shower of roasted peanuts and some chopped scallions make this Yum Dog as pretty as it is tasty. - A&M —The Editors
Bean Sprout Slaw
(approximatey 4 big handfuls) bean sprouts
large carrot, grated on the large holes of a box grater
small red onion, very thinly sliced
jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, very thinly sliced (keep some of the ribs and seeds if you'd like your slaw a little spicier)
roughly chopped cilantro
rice wine vinegar
freshly ground black pepper
mayonnaise or aioli
good quality hot dogs of choice (I use a very juicy organic chicken dog)
slices good quality bacon of choice (I have found maple bacon particularly luscious)
hot dog buns or rolls, preferably ones that are large and sturdy
In a large colander, thoroughly wash the bean sprouts, then shake off the excess water. Set the colander over a bowl or in the sink. Toss the salt with the bean sprouts to distribute evenly, then let the liquid drain from the sprouts, turning them periodically. Let the sprouts drain for at least 30 minutes. Their volume should decrease significantly.
In a large bowl, combine the sprouts and the rest of the ingredients. Adjust seasoning as necessary. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Combine the mayonnaise and Sriracha and keep covered in the refrigerator until ready for use.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Score each hot dog a few times. Wrap each hot dog in a slice of bacon, starting at one end and corkscrewing it around to the other. If you find the bacon isn't adhering, you can use a wooden toothpick to pin it to the ends of hot dog.
Cook the dogs, rotating to cook the bacon thoroughly on all sides. Depending on the thickness of your meats, this will probably take 2-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the hot dogs to a newspaper- or paper towel-lined platter. If you used toothpicks, remove them.
Depending on the size or density of your buns (tee hee hee), you might need to hollow them out a little or not. Spread each bun generously with the Sriracha mayonnaise, then fill them with the Bean Sprout Slaw (I use tongs to gently squeeze out excess liquid).
Place the dogs on the slaw and top with scallions and peanuts. Then open wide! It's a mouthful!