Sunday, August 9, 2009

Puka Dog - Kuhio side of International Marketplace

Puka Dog
2301 Kuhio Avenue # 206
Honolulu, HI 96815

So this is a casual place. Great for a nice snack.What distinguishes this place is the way they serve and the toppings. First off, the bun isn't your normal hot dog bun. It's only open on one side. It's not a potato bun either. It's softer and fluffier. Still dense but a different texture. If you've ever eaten a Chinese hot dog bao, it has a similar taste and texture.
They serve Polish sausage and veggie dogs. I've tried both. They are both good. The veggie dog tastes just like a regular hot dog. Less "meatier" than the Polish dog.
Next is the choice of spice: mild, spicy, hot, hot hot garlic lemon sauce. Its creamy and probably has some type of mayo. I think the Japanese kind like Kewpie. It's creamier and I think more acidic than your standard American mayo.
Then relish: mango, pineapple, papaya, coconut, banana, star fruit. Adds a nice sweet contrast.
Plus some various condiments if you want. They have some mustards Liikoi or Guava that I haven't tried yet.

So far, I've had the Polish spicy w/ star fruit relish. That was mad good!
Today was the veggie spicy w/ papaya relish. Still good. The first was better.

I don't know how to describe the combination. It's a salty sweet filling bite. The bun balances all the flavors nicely. Though with the veggie they put a bit too much of each sauce in.