National Hot Dog Day kicks off tomorrow in the United States, but if you’re a little bored with ketchup and mustard — or even chili and cheese — there are many ways to celebrate it by digging into international cuisine.
National Hot Dog Day is also technically national hot dog month. Although July 23 has been officially selected as the date by the National Hot Dog Council, national hot dog day eating is scattered through the month. In West Virginia, the last Saturday of every July is hot dog day during a festival that aims to raise about $10,000 for local children’s cancer charities, reports The Herald-Dispatch.
In Boston, National Hot Dog Day arrives a month early in June when the Boston Hot Dog Safari is held to raise money for cystic fibrosis. The event has raised up to $150,000 for the cause.
The irony of these national hot dog day charity events is that many health experts advise against eating hot dogs. A billboard appeared in several US cities last year that warned against eating processed meats as they have been linked to colorectal cancer.
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Chile might be known as the weakest spot for South American cuisine, but their abundance of avocado makes the completo topped with mayonnaise, tomatoes and the green vegetable a bright spot that can be found almost anywhere.
Argentine food is generally delicious, from empanadas filled with rich roquefort cheese to their world-renowned Malbec wines. However, their national hot dog — a giant sausage covered in French fries certainly isn’t their crowning achievement. They are really are HUGE though.
When is a hot dog not a hot dog? When it’s in Paris? This French version is baked into a baguette and topped with various types of delicious cheese.
Fried battered hot dogs? Sounds like language isn’t the only thing New Zealand has in common with the U.S. This version is very similar to a corn dog, also served with a sauce very similar to ketchup.
Potato lefse — perhaps best described as a potato-based Norwegian tortilla — switches up the bun but keeps things pretty normal otherwise — ketchup, mustard and relish are the most common toppings.
No, your eyes do not deceive you. Colombians add pineapple to their hot dogs. The trend is also seen in other parts of Central America. Additionally, Hawaii follows the trend, making it perfect for National Hot Dog Day.
Seaweed, spicy Japanese mayo — the Asian island country isn’t the only place you can find this combination. Vancouver’s famous “Japadog” stands also sell the strange hot dog.
Comfort food overload? Swedish hot dogs can be topped with everything from mashed potatoes to shrimp.
Is a hot dog still a hot dog without a bun? It’s the closest you’re going to get in Peru, where the salchipapas dish is served in pretty much every corner of the country. Several other Latin American countries have similar dishes, but Peru is one of the few without a really strong national hot dog alternative.
Pickled carrots. Pickled daikon. Pickled cucumber. There’s a lot of ways to eat a hot dog in Vietnam, but if you’re looking for an Asian twist for National Hot Dog Day that doesn’t involve anything that’s been stewing in vinegar, you might want to try another country.