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.
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