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In Which a Hot Dog Gets a Wacky Mash-up…

Looks like a conventional corn-dog...
Looks like a conventional corn-dog…

Of late, hybrid foods have become hip around the world.  You’ve had Dominique Ansel’s cronuts, of course; there have been ramen burgers, too.  And here in Manila, MiniStop is now offering pizza dogs.

Now, the notion of a pizza dog is not a really new one.  The now-defunct chain Magoo’s Pizza used to serve pizza dogs which featured frankfurters wrapped in mini-pizzas in lieu of buns.  Many food processing firms have also flogged pizza dogs which were pizza-flavoured franks.  But nothing comes close to this little Frankensteinian creation.

Inside, a frank, pizza sauce, "plastic" cheese, & a doughy base
Inside, a frank, pizza sauce, “plastic” cheese, & a doughy base

The MiniStop pizza dog is a cross between a standard-issue hotdog in a bun and the convenience chain’s signature kariman – those stuffed buns that are rolled in panko and deep-fried.  In this case, the frank is slathered with a sweetish pizza sauce and shredded processed cheese food before being wrapped in a slightly sweet dough, rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried till golden.

It is, to be very honest, quite odd as you aren’t really sure if what you’re eating is a sandwich or a stuffed bun or even a folded-over pizza.  I’m not sure if I’d have it again, but you have to admit that, as a conversation piece, it does grab your attention.  :p



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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