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In American they have Corn Dogs. In Japan, we have American Dog!
Do you know American Dogs?
No, I am not talking about animal dogs – it’s a popular Japanese snacks! (kind of like a street food)
It’s written as アメリカンドッグ, in this post I will write this as American-Dog.
(no “dogs” because Japanese language doesn’t use plural – crazy, right?)
This is one of the popular foods among kids and adults, come one… sausage, sweet fluffy dough, crispy deep fry and ketchup….how can you say no to this?!
This is also perfect for daily snacks, or parties.
Overview of American-Dog Bento Lunch Box
So here is the overview. In this post I am going to share recipe of American-Dog, How to make it, and tips of decorating. Be sure to watch a video too!
In a pink cup there’s ketchup. Yes, American Dog you eat with ketchup 😋
Back side there are some vegetables.
MENU for this bento
- <American Dog>
For American Dog
- <American Dog>
So…What the heck is American Dog?!
It’s Japanese street food! Ok, In Japan street food isn’t very common…but you can buy American Dogs at convenience stores, food courts, or festivals… Very popular snack-food with kids to adult.
It’s Corn Dogs inspired food.
As you can see, the sausage is wrapped with sweet fluffy dough.
Crispy outside, juicy meat inside! mmmmm 😋
The more dough around the sausage, the better.
If you buy at a store in Japan, the dough will be double as this!
What’s the difference? Corn dog and American dog
It seems like the difference is probably Corn dogs are made with corn flour whereas American Dog are with light and sweet flour,
like American fluffy pancakes style.
I have never tasted corn dogs in America so I don’t know how they exactly taste, but my guess is Japanese American dog is more lighter.
Corn dogs you can add mustard on top but American Dogs, never.
We eat with ketchup 👇
How do you eat American Dog?
You want to dip American Dog to ketchup, or you can pour ketchup on top of American Dog.
Mustard is also good. (not for kids though)
Always eat hot. If it gets cold you can try to heat up with oven.
Recipe : American Dog
I’ve gotten quite a few requests how to make Amerian Dog.
Thanks for asking!
The challenge for me was I have to find out which type of flour I should use.
Did you know? Flour has different types and it gives a huge difference on cooking. When I was young I thought flour was all the same. 😅 But it’s not!!!!! They key for this recipe is you want to use Cake Flour.
Bamboo skewers – at least 4 sticks
Sausage 7~10 small sausages (about 3 inches/ 8cm long)
Cake Flour 75g = 3/4 Cup
Sugar 2 Tablespoon
(or 1 Tablespoon Sugar, 1 Vanila sugar. => recommended)
Baking powder 1/2 Tablespoon
Milk 2 Tablespoons
Use cake flour – not heavy bread flour for this. I’ve tried with heavy flour first, but it didn’t become as light as I wanted to be. It was a bit heavy to eat. Sure you can still eat that, but I think using cake flour is much lighter and gives a better appetite.
You can use this recipe for doughnut !
Simply scoop the dough with a spoon,
drop it into the frying pan!
Step 1. Mix Dry and Wet ingredients on separate bowl. Merge them.
Step 2. Put skewers into Sausages ( about 3 inches long / 7cm)
Step 4. Pour oil (choose from corn oil, rapeseed oil, vegetable oil) at least 3 inches (7~10cm) hight to a pot you’re using.
Step 5. Medium Heat. Heat up oil
Step 6. Put dough to the skwer, gently place it into hot oil.Step 7. Deep fry until it’s golden brown.Itadakima-su!
Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to contact if you have questions – love to help.
Let’s make your kids smile!
Cool Decoration Tips
Dress up those American Dog!
I used the paper cups’ bottom. I know weird, but it worked as you can see on pictures.
I just cut them out, rolled to a bamboo skewer, taped it.
Place the flag right below American Dog, this way kids can hold the skewer and eat easily.
Alternative idea is you can tie a ribbon on a skewer. 😁
Lastly, here’s the video I made for American Dog.
(There is no sound) Enjoy!
Hope you’re inspired by this post and make American Dogs!
Well, this is not the most healthy food, I admit.
..but everybody needs a bad day…right? 😋
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