March 8, 2013

AsiaDog @ Brooklyn Flea - NYC

The Brooklyn Flea market has several locations, but only the one at Skylight One Hanson is open during the winter.

The flea market is open on Saturdays and Sundays according to the website. We came here on a Sunday.

Upon entering, you'll see a bunch of makeshift stores selling a bunch of stuff you'd expect at a flea market. My friend and I walked around, expecting to find food somewhere (as mentioned by a coworker of mine), but we couldn't find anything.

We saw people walking around with food though, so we continued looking around. When we were about to exit the building, we saw a sign that pointed downstairs that mentioned food, so we went down.

The dining area had a few food stands set up, as well as a few artisan stands selling things like chocolates and individual oysters. There were a couple of food stalls there too, but we only tried three of them.

The first of the three (I'll get to the other ones in subsequent posts) is asiadog. They serve hot dogs with a twist on the toppings (almost all topping combinations are Asian-inspired). The hot dog menu options here were the Ginny (Kimchi + seaweed flakes), Vinh (Vietnamese banh-mi style: aioli + pate + cucumbers + pickled carrot and daikon + cilantro + jalapeno), Mel&Steve (Asian sesame slaw), Sidney (Thai style relish with mango + cucumber + red onion + cilantro + crushed peanuts + fish sauce), Wangding (Chinese BBQ pork
belly + onions), Ito (Japanese curry + homemade kimchi apples), and Mash (Spicy ketchup + jalapeno
mustard + crushed salt and pepper potato chips). 

My friend and I ordered the Wangding and the Ginny (I wanted to try Ito, but they were out of it when we got there). They didn't look spectacular or anything - in fact, you could probably recreate some of these easily at home. But even so, my friend said the Wangding was good, and though I'm not a kimchi person, I really enjoyed the taste of their homemade kimchi as a topping on the hotdog.

Their website suggests that this location inside the Brooklyn Flea is more of a pop-up store rather than a permanent location, but they do have an actual store in the NY area. I'd recommend trying them out.


At $8 for two standard sized hot dogs on some pretty standard looking buns, these aren't exactly cheap, but they're great if you're in the mood for a different twist on a classic street food.

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