The Hot Dog Lottery.
After Smorgasburg, we started exploring Williamsburg. We walked around for a while, had a cold one here and there and then came across one of Crif Dog’s shops. Not being overly hungry we still decided to go in and try them out. The place had an arcade / comic store kind of interior with some action figures sitting in glass displays on the wall and tables made from old pac-man machines and such. While my buddy went for their lottery meal including two dogs (the cook decides which dogs you will get) I just went with a classic crif dog with relish, onions, sauerkraut and mustard.
We had to go in.
My friend’s lottery meal (forgot the real name).
The smoked beef and pork wiener tasted quite nice with just a little snap to it. The sauerkraut was rather light in taste but nicely crunchy and the onions and relish unfortunately, didn’t add too much to it. I would say it’s a decent quick snack in between or a late night supper pitstop, but nothing I would really go out of my way for. There are many other dogs on their menu to try though and the chili dog, that my friend got actually looked pretty delicious so if I should ever pass a Crif Dogs again, I will most likely give it another shot. The guy behind the counter was pretty funny, though.
Get Your Grub On!
Crif Dogs (open daily)
555 Driggs Avenue
United States of America
p: +1 718 302 3200
Jumbo coming in.
During our last visits funnily having weird random food at ‘Tsui Wah Eatery’ has become part of the normal schedule. This time we didn’t really get around to it during our stay but were given a last chance at their airport branch which I had never recognized before.
I ordered their ‘Jumbo Frankfurter Hot Dog‘ which I remembered being not too bad. Actually it was better than my memory suggested, humongous indeed with its’ 11 inches and with great flavors. The sesame bun was nicely toasted and held up it’s part of the deal pretty well. The frank bedded in crunchy lettuce actually was great too, it was pretty well seasoned and the casing snapped perfectly. So far this was a good yet still ordinary dog but what made it truly delicious was the mix of condiments they used, sweet tomato sauce – or “ketchup” as I would call it – a sweet and sour mustard pickle relish and a brilliant nose -hair-curling horseradish cream. Totally satisfied.
Tsui Wah Eatery 翠華餐廳
Hong Kong International Airport Chek Lap Kok Terminal 1
Shop 8T007 East Hall 赤鱲角香港國際機場一號客運大樓第7層離港層東大堂 (禁區)
Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Tel: +852 2261 0306
The Roo Burgers are in Town
I had read about ‘Intrepid’ on other blogs and friend’s facebook posts and since then couldn’t get those ‘Kangaroo Sliders‘ out of my head. So when my friend asked me what my plans for dinner were I made this a suggestion and so we went. We had a bit of a hard time finding the place as it didn’t have a big sign yet but when you find the Water Gate of Far East Square and look very closely it’s exactly next to it.
Naturally we started with the famous ‘Kangaroo Sliders‘ and they looked pretty darn good coming out of the kitchen. As kangaroo meat gets tough and dry very fast they broiled it to a medium rare. I usually prefer my burgers medium to medium well but the meat was of such good quality that medium rare was perfect and kept the patty moist and juicy. It was lean and had this distinct venison like flavor lifted up a level by the saltiness of the prosciutto that was “melted” on top. The bun was lovely fluffy and the host told us that they are making them from scratch freshly every day just for this dish as well as the crispy chips which maybe could have used a pinch more salt.
As seconds I ordered the ‘Pork Sausage‘ which seemed to be some sort of special as it was off the usual menu. The “dog” came in a proper baguette bun, not that usual soft mushy stuff and the sausage had a great snappy casing, the meat was firm, well seasoned and tasted nice and porky. I found the sprinkled crackling on top was a great idea but maybe would have been even better if it was roasted instead of fried. The most delicate and special bits here though were the thinly sliced fennel slices that unfortunately were a bit overpowered by the sausage and the cubes of baked apple that had a fantastic sweet cinnamon flavor.
Recently we always seem to order beyond that hunger feeling and this time it was the ‘Crab Cakes‘. They were fully packed of sweet crab meat with a super crispy crust in which was a tad too much frying oil left. The cakes were accompanied by a salad of mixed leaves, tomato, creamy avocado as well as black and salty caviar that popped nicely in my mouth and tasted like little drops of sea.
I quite liked it here with the Aussi twist they took on the dishes and the very friendly and kind staff so I might be coming back to try their ‘Kangaroo Loin‘ and the brunch items. Thanks guys!
Intrepid Gastro Bar
40 Pekin Street
#01-01 Far East Square
Tel: +65 9068 8297