Friends of the Dog Visit South Africa
Or I should probably say that a friend of MINE visited South Africa. My friend and co-worker Jennifer and her wife Faye, who sent me photos of a hot dog in Tahiti, recently sent me pics of a stand in South Africa. Jennifer, who has impressed me with some of her culinary bravery, somehow finds hot dogs to be gross. Therefore, she is not a friend of the dog. But I think she had some sort of epiphany after her previous contribution to the blog and wants to keep an eye out of HD stands while abroad. This doesn’t mean she’s willing to try the dogs, but has certainly developed a love of contributing to the blog.
The stand they found was in some kind of shopping center in Cape Town. It’s at a waterfront section that has a ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Before (or after) taking in the gravity of such a tragic piece of history, they felt compelled to take a couple of pictures of a stand called The Hot Dog King!
For us Americans that don’t usually get a chance to try some of these interesting sauces, Peri Peri is (according to the wikipedia) a sauce made from the very hot piri piri chile, and rates 50,000-175,000 on the Scoville rating of hot stuff. This is at a spicy level right below habaneros and scotch bonnets. Ok, now let’s acknowledge the fact that there’s a sauce you can buy called Mrs. Ball’s Chutney. Let’s get the jokes out of our systems, because apparently this is a very identifiable South African condiment that’s been around for well over 100 years. You can get it in flavors including original, hot, peach, and chilli. Sounds awesome and I would love to try this on a dog. I love the extra toppings you can get also including gherkins, green dhaniyah chutney, and chilli chutney. That’s the kind of regional and/or international toppings that make my mouth water. I don’t even really know what they are either! (Actually, upon further research, I think that the green dhaniyah chutney is a side topping for the naan I usually get from our local Indian restaurant, which is awesome.) As for prices, these extra toppings are 1 Rand each, which works out to about 12 cents. And the can of soda + hot dog combo appears to cost 28 Rand, which is just under $3.50. Great deal!
My great thanks again to Jennifer and Faye for more international HD correspondence during their travels!
The Hot Dog King Shop 24 Pier Head, Waterfront, Cape Town