Category: Artisan Profile, Events, Food
 
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We usually dish out info in advance, but sometimes we like to tell you about some of the events we’ve already hit up. Mostly to rub it in, but also to give you the scoop on a local food purveyor you might not have tried. Armed with an iPhone and a hot-dog hankering, Colleen Kane checked out the Asia Dog’s 2-year anniversary party.

By Colleen Kane

July 4 is already over a month in the past, but hot dog season is still raging on in the borough of Kings.
The fifth annual Great Hot Dog Cookoff at the Kelso Brewery in Clinton Hill was a tremendous success, raking in $6,000 for City Harvest. And less than a week later on this past Thursday, Brooklyn’s own Asia Dog celebrated their 2-year anniversary with a party and hot dog eating contest at Trophy Bar in South Williamsburg.

In their two years of existence, Asia Dog has become a favorite presence at the Brooklyn Flea, Saturdays in Fort Greene (www.brooklynflea.com).

Their concept is unique, but once sampled seems a natural pairing: fresh, Asian-inspired toppings on your choice of hot dogs (beef, organic beef, chicken, or tofu). One of their biggest hits, the Vinh, is a Vietnamese Banh-Mi style topping with aioli, pâté, cucumbers, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, and just enough paper-thin jalapeno bits to add the perfect level of heat. Quite a deal for $3, though that rate is soon doubled or tripled when you try one of their six other styles.

And while we’re still in the dog days, there are many additional chances to get a hold of Asia Dog’s scrumptious creations in festive outdoor settings. Look for Asia Dogs on Satuturdays at Brooklyn Flea and on Wednesdays in McCarren Park for the Summer Screen’s free movie events. This Wednesday’s selection is Point Break [Editor's Note: Awesome]. Doors are at 6 and the first band comes on at 6:15 pm, and Sixpoint beers are on draft.. No dogs allowed (other than, you know, the delicious kind). 

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