03/14/2012 07:58 am ET Updated May 14, 2012

9 Interesting Hot Dog Variations Around The World (PHOTOS)

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

9 Weird Hot Dogs Around the World