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9 Interesting Hot Dog Variations Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/14/2012 7:00 am

We've got the stars and stripes, the Fourth of July and the Liberty Bell. But nothing screams America more than hot dogs, our national culinary pride and joy. Not only is August 26th National Hot Dog Day, we bet you didn't know about the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, a committee dedicated to that wonderful meat and bun.

From America's East to West coasts, each city swears by its own interpretation of the dog (with Chicago and New York swearing the loudest). Taking the blank sausage and bun as a starting point, numerous nations have adopted the hot dog into their cuisine and reinterpreted the American favorite to fit their cultural eating habits. Here are nine hot dogs done up in weird, international ways.

-- Anna Starostinetskaya

China
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Hot dogs do exist in China, but their sausages are just a lot smaller. China has only recently, and very cautiously, opened their doors to Western influences. Their traditional food is so carbo-loaded (noodles, rice and all that jazz) that putting a big hunk of meat into a smaller bun makes no Chinese sense.

The hot dog first creeped into China as a sausage wrapped in a dumpling-like dough and has been evolving to suit mostly tourists' hot dog needs since. The opening of Orange Dog in the basement of a big shopping center in Shanghai was the epitome of catering to Western hot dog tastes. Fans of Orange Dog rave about how "normal" these dogs taste; we think normal is boring. Bring on the small sausages!
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