there are few things i love more than hot dogs. they're my favorite part about baseball games, they might even be one of my favorite parts about summer. when i was little, this was acceptable. now that i'm a sophisticated (*picks nose*) adult, it's almost embarrassing to eat a hot dog unless i've waited hours for it at hot doug's. at barbecues i feel like i should be going for angus this or wagyu that instead of elbowing a seven-year-old out of the way to get to the wieners with ketchup only. cue the judgements from all the chicagoans. i know i know. but is it so much to ask that i have a new, fun way of eating a hot dog that makes me feel more like a real live grown-up?
enter: the bánh mì hot dog!
it's inspired by the one at asiadog and it's basically what would happen if your beloved hot dog got the prettiest, most colorful makeover in all the land. it's also perfect if you don't have access to those special meats that are often found in bánh mìs. this version is super easy to make and great for adding some spunk and new flavors to your barbecues. snappy wieners basking in squishy soft buns, topped with heaps of crunchy veggies? ooh yes.
bánh mì hot dogs
for the daikon/carrot slaw:
(adapted from the kitchn)
1 c julienned daikon
1 c julienned carrots
a big pinch of salt
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c white vinegar
1 c water
8 hot dogs
8 cobblestone bread co. windy city hot dog buns
1 large cucumber, seeded and sliced
1/2 c hoisin sauce
sriracha mayo (1/2 c mayo + 2 tsp sriracha, or more if desired)
2 jalapeños, seeded and sliced
fresh cilantro sprigs
for the slaw, combine all ingredients in a large bowl, cover, and then refrigerate until ready to use. (you want it to sit for at least half an hour.)
for assembly, grill the hot dogs. place them in their buns and top each with a slice of cucumber, some hoisin sauce, sriracha mayo, some slaw, a few jalapeño slices, and a sprig or two of cilantro.
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p.s. check out these other fun summer sandwiches!