It’s cheesy, It’s mysterious and it’s oh so popular —— what else can it be than cheese and potato mixed together to give you that awesome goodness!
Strolling around Harajuku, you may notice a certain trend in most of the stores: They’re cute, colorful and popular. In here you can find the longest churros, potato waves, and cotton candies. In here, you can find the biggest potato chips, the most hippy fashion trends and the most unique subcultures of Japan. In here, you can find original Harajuku desserts and snacks like kaiten-dessert shops (conveyor belt dessert shop), but in here you can also find a number of food adapted into the Japanese trend from other countries. Such is our destination today, we will travel to Korea through a Korean cuisine that permeated the Japanese trend. Let’s go ad visit: Arirang Handmade Hotdog.
Address: 1-8-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Inside Takeshita Street SoLado
Schedule: 10:30 AM – 08:00 PM
ARIRANG HANDMADE HOTDOG’S INTERIOR
The store is found inside SoLado in Takeshita Street- Harajuku. It’s easy to spot when you arrive in their food court because of its bright lights and sometimes because of the number of people lining up for it. There are a lot of spaces you can sit on there so you don’t have to worry about standing.
ARIRANG HOTDOG’S MENU
The menu reflects the most popular choices from its home country- Korea, but the most popular ones are their premium hotdog which costs 480 yen/stick. We chose the potato mozzarella and we didn’t nt regret it. It was so delicious with the cheese melting inside and the crispy texture outside. Add some free mustard and ketchup and you’re good to go! If you’re feeling a little adventurous you can even add some sugar on top of it and see what it tastes like.
I went there on a weekend and here is what their potato mozzarella stick looks like with jus sugar added on it. We later added some mustard and ketchup like you would on a regular hotdog sandwich. What I really liked is the mozzarella oozing with every bite! I felt like I’m eating Aligot from France because of its fondue-like texture inside, so if you are a cheese-lover, here is where you should go if you ever find yourself in Harajuku.
- Sausages were mentioned in Homer’s The Odyssey, and Emperor Nero’s chef, Gaius, is said to have prepared them for his ruler.
- Astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission in space enjoyed classical treats and one of them was hot dogs.
- In 2014, the world’s most expensive hot dog sold in Seattle, Washington, for $169.
- Check out their website for their menu and more here: http://arirangjapan.jp/
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