This is as simple as dehydrating your favorite hot dog and then shaving the dried meat sticks into delicate shavings. We use a traditional bonito shaver to give us the delicate pieces we are looking for. The hot dog katsuobushi may appear to be a far cry from the original bonito shavings. In actuality it contains most of the elements of the original, including the final form, and it can be used in the same ways. We've had a few Japanese style hot dogs over the last couple of years, mostly covered with a blizzard of bonito shavings. Some were transcendent and some were simply fishy. We wanted to take the idea just that small step beyond. This is the final element needed to put our Japanese hot dog over the top.
April 27, 2005