Tokyo Signature Hot Dog Recipe

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Tokyo Signature Hot Dog Recipe

This recipe is courtesy of Umai Dogs and Loi Tran.

With their life savings totaling little more than a day’s worth of groceries, Loi Tran and his family immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1977 to escape the hardships created by the Vietnam War.  They settled in California and barely made ends meet by picking fruits and vegetables for long hours and little pay

In 1992, Loi and his wife received an old, broken hot dog cart from a family friend. Loi repaired the cart as well as he could and took a leap of faith. He and his wife developed all of their own recipes and sauces which they made daily and sourced all of their ingredients locally. No one ever told them how a hot dog is supposed to be eaten or what items should or should not be put on a hot dog, so they just made it up as they went along, inspired by what tasted good to them.

Combining different flavors and ingredients from their knowledge of sushi dishes, they created the first Japanese fusion hot dogs and the rest is history, including their now famous Tokyo Signature Hot Dog. Here is my recreation of The Tokyo Signature Hot Dog from Umai Dogs.


All Beef Hot Dog
Sauteed Onions
Roasted Seaweed (Nori strips)
Teri Mayonnaise (half Teriyaki Sauce, half mayonnaise mixed together)
Teriyaki Sauce (store bought is fine)
Toasted Sesame Seeds


This hot dog recipe is part of our collection of Best Regional Hot Dogs in the U.S.

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