Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hotodogu @ The Gardens, Gourmet Hotdog Cafe @ Setapak & Fifteen's @ Bangsar South

Sound the sirens, it's the Attack of the Hot Dogs! A storm of sausages is coming, one in which the wiener takes it all. No point being prickly about it.

First up, an early-warning look at Hotodogu, which runs a current base in Cyberjaya & will launch a second war room by this weekend at Mid Valley's Gardens mall.

 Hot dogs here score for heartiness: We like the one with an Aussie beef sausage wrapped in beef bacon, topped with cheddar cheese, mashed potatoes, BBQ sauce, mayo & onion rings (RM14.90). The sausage has a real-meat bite to it.

Tasty, though it's unlikely that hot dogs will supplant burgers as the people's choice; ceteris paribus, there seems to be something more satisfying about sinking our teeth into a burger patty.

 Did someone say burger? Man cannot live on phallic fare alone (tempting as it may be), so Hotodogu serves rice burgers too, stuffed with the likes of yakiniku-inspired beef striploin with house-made barbecue sauce & sauteed onions (RM12.90).

The fries are OK; buy the spicy chili or wasabi mayo dip for a dose of extra-creamy flavor.

Next up on this sausage fest: Gourmet Hotdog Cafe in Setapak's PV128 complex.

GHC's menu of 14 different types of hot dog recipes will surely torment indecisive customers. We narrowed our best bets down to the New York Cheese (RM12.50), a whopper of a big banger with candied beef bacon & Gouda, Monterey Jack & mozzarella cheeses.

GHC also does the Windy City proud with the closest thing in KL to a Chicago-style hot dog (RM11.50), a halal Aussie beef sausage in a poppy-seed bun with (deep breath) garlic dill pickle, sweet green pickle relish, pickled chilies, mustard, tomatoes, onions & spiced celery salt.

Vegetarian hot dogs are also available here: Try the "Angelina" (RM9.50), featuring a sausage constructed with veggies, mushrooms, onions, parsley & garlic, partnered with a chopped salad mix, sweet corn, kidney beans & jalapenos.

Or have a falafel-filled bun with guacamole & sour cream (RM10.50); GHC's recipes are imaginative & painstakingly elaborate. Plus, to uphold quality, the cafe bakes its buns & uses good meat (skinless chicken breast, lean topside beef & New Zealand lamb) for its sausages.

So whatever happened to old-fashioned hot dog stands? Glad you asked; here's one _ inexplicably named Fifteen's _ that's surfaced in The Sphere complex at Bangsar South.

Customize your own hot dog at Fifteen's: Our creation comprises beef sausage topped with mashed potatoes, cucumber relish & mustard (RM7.40).

Or opt for one of Fifteen's own recipes, like chicken sausage with carbonara sauce, melted cheese & chili flakes (RM5.90).

Fresh-tasting toasted bagels (RM4.90 each), warmed up to order, with butter are available too.

Hotodogu
The Gardens Mid Valley, opening by this weekend outside Cold Storage on LG Level.
Also at Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya.

Gourmet Hotdog Cafe,
37, PV128, Jalan Genting Klang, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 11am-11pm. Tel: 03-4131-4330
Fifteen's,
LG, The Sphere, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily 10am-10pm

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43 comments:

  1. Nice compilation of hot dogs outlets. Refreshing in view of the current burger craze:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: it's cool to suddenly see these hot dog places sprouting this year :D

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  2. Hotodogu got my vote...can't wait to sink my teeth into Aussie beef sausage one (got onion rings lar) and their raisu burger :3

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, the onion rings were interesting. they were very thin and very crispy, so they added a great texture to the hot dog :D

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  3. vegetarian hot dog sounds interesting!

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    1. Ken: yeah, that's a good move by gourmet hotdog cafe to cater to non-meat-eaters! =)

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  4. Yummmm...sausages! Slurpsss!!!!! Would prefer Hotodogu too - the other place looks kind of Sunway-ish.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i'm totally happy to gobble up sausages just on their own! :D

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  5. I really like the exposed brick and the wall mural is so nice!

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    1. Linda: that's true, some nice touches to the decor! =)

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  6. Wow, you had all of these in the same day? No seafood or foie gras hotdog? :P

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    1. CK: heheh, no, actually three different days. and ya, still waiting for seafood or liver hot dogs! :D

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  7. what a cute name, Hotodogu!

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, yeah, it's cute, though i have trouble remembering how to spell it and how to pronounce it! :D

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  8. The name sounds like a Japanese eatery for hot dogs! But I'm actually more interested in the rice burger.. I don't think many can make it nice and good. Getting the rice patty to be intact is a challenge!

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    1. Iamthewitch: oh yeah, i think it's supposed to be sort of a japanese-influenced cafe, since they have lots of teriyaki and wasabi-based sauces. you're right about the rice burger being difficult to perfect. there are good ones in KL and not-so-good ones! =)

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  9. Oh.. this is something new. I hope the buns are not those generic stodgy, dry types...

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    1. Chong: yeah, Gourmet Hotdog Cafe bakes its own buns and puts poppy-seeds on them, so you'll get a fairly good texture =)

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  10. I love the Furaido chicken at Hotodogu and can't wait to try the Teridory at Gardens when they open!

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    1. Jack: sounds like you're a big fan of their cyberjaya branch! yeah, apparently everything on the menu will be available at the gardens branch except for the prawn burger, i think =)

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    2. OMG! I do love good prawn burgers...Shaftsbury it is then =)

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    3. Ulric: okie! it's prawns in breadcrumbs with mango paste, lettuce & tomatoes in a rice burger =)

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  11. Wonder if there will be a hotdog craze in KL (just like burgers!).

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, it's difficult to predict, though i think more people are passionate about burgers, and it's easier to make exciting recipes with burgers =)

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  12. The veg ones are unique & I'm actually lookin forward to try them!! :)

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, it's great that gourmet hotdog cafe put extra effort to create the veg ones! :D

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  13. HAHAHAHHA

    I love your way with words Sean, the first paragraph literally got me laughing out loud.

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    1. Huai Bin: heheh, thanks for mentioning that. this post was pretty fun to write :D

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  14. After burger trend, now its the hotdog trend :O

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    1. Floojo: let's see if more hot dog outlets decide to open, ya :D

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  15. After all the ramens and burgers ..here comes another wave - HOTDOGS.
    I just passed by GHC at setapak ytd, and I said to myself :

    ''YES! FINALLY I FOUND A CAFE THAT SEAN HASN'T BLOG YET, I COULD BE THE FASTEST, YAY!''...


    but now.....

    ahahhaa....IZ OKAY. keep up that pace SEAN!!!!! ;D I like it! (Y)





    be faster than

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    1. Eunice: heh, thanks! no worries, it looks like there are a lot of cafes coming up in setapak, yeah! it's an area i don't visit very often, but the hotdog cafe sounded interesting and worth checking out :D

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  16. "No point being prickly about it" HAHAHAHAHA :D

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    1. E-Ling: heheh, glad that made u smile =)

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    1. Wong: a bagel a day keeps hunger away! =)

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  18. Yay! finally! its no longer burgers but hotdogs now. time for a new trend ;)

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    1. JessY: heheh, let's cross our fingers that this trend will prove equally delicious! =)

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  19. Wow...that's alot of hot dog choices here....they are opening soon in Midvalley! Great!...

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    1. Melissa: yeah, it's a good thing there are so many different locations for these hot dog outlets, so you can choose the one most convenient for you :D

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  20. So much deliciousness, I can hardly stand it!

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    1. Cquek: heheh, a mouthwatering showcase =)

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  21. Hotodogu at Gardens is hugely overrated - the hotdog had a lot of fillers and were not meaty and they dare call it gourmet hotdog! The taste was fine; the chips were also tasty but I'd prefer thick finger sized chips than fries. For RM14.40 with drink, it was a great disappointment not so much in taste but in the portion of the hotdog - tasted more fillers than meat. Worse still, it came in paper box and plastic knife and fork - so much about gourmet

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