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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Squid Ink Hot Dogs for Breakfast in Hong Kong

In an earlier post, I pondered McDonald's serving hot dogs as a breakfast item in China. Recently at some eateries in Hong Kong which served a variety of foods, including Hong Kong's "traditional" Canto-Western fusion cuisine, I noticed that hot dogs were available for breakfast. This was also true at at least two different Macanese-style restaurants, which served hot dogs in a bun specifically as a breakfast item. Perhaps Hong Kong & Macau provided inspiration to McDonald's that a hot dog breakfast might be appealing to people elsewhere in China.

However, that does not mean there is not more room for hot dog inspiration at McDonald's. For example, one of the Macanese restaurants in Hong Kong served breakfast hot dogs with a bit of a twist:

Breakfast sign in Hong Kong recommending a squid ink hot dog w/ scrambled egg for breakfast
(fyi -- 30 Hong Kong Dollars is about US $3.85)

There was another item on the menu my heart was set on ordering, so I decided to give the squid ink hot dog a pass. Next time, maybe. I have tried squid ink bread before, and it is common at least one Taiwanese bakery chain. I remember I enjoyed it, although I cannot recall the taste.

Anyways, maybe squid ink hot dogs will soon be available in McDonald's all across China. Could they be a hit? I don't know. But I feel safer guessing that McDonald's will not be serving them for breakfast anytime soon in the U.S.

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  1. At least this one has mustard instead of ketchup.

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    1. It might not be clear in the photo, but eggs are the yellow mass to the right of the hot dog and the condiment on top of the hot dog is white, probably a sweet mayonnaise. Mayo is commonly used in China (and elsewhere in Asia) on a number of items. In this case, sandwiches and fried squid balls might be the most relevant. But you may be happy to know that 7-Eleven in China offers mustard for their hot dogs -- though I am not sure whether they're available for breakfast.

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  2. In that case, I withdraw my approval. Though on second thought, the Sonoran Hot Dogs I had in Tucson, Arizona had mayo on them (in addition to a lot of other toppings).

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  3. And since it's breakfast, why not enjoy the set meal with a coffee or milk tea (according to the Chinese on the bottom)? The thing I have the biggest issue with in many Asian bakeries, as Mr. Glucroft briefly alluded to, is the presence of mayonnaise everywhere. In fact, it's quite standard as THE salad dressing in China, whereas "shala jiang," or salad sauce, is just another way to say mayo. Regardless, I'd try this meal (without the salad sauce) over meat floss any day.

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    1. I am not a fan of the omnipresent mayonnaise either, but they never seem to ask me. And the squid ink hot dog appeals more to me than the meat floss, too. Next time I'm in the neighborhood I'll give it a try. With an iced milk tea of course...

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