American Dog

Posted September 27th, 2013 in Food | 4 Comments »

American Dog – …. I’m not talking about a dog here, it’s actually a name of delicious snack.  I think why people call it “Dog” is because it is quite similar to the style of “hotdog”.  It’s got sausage, it’s got bread (kind of), and is a handy snack to fill up empty stomach between the meal.

Here is the American Dog ↓↓↓


It’s a children’s favourite!  You can find them at the counter in convenience stores in Japan along with niku-man (steamed pork buns) , karaage (fried chicken), and chips.  It often comes with tomato sauce and/or mustard, just like hotdog.

American Dog is a savoury donut , and there is sausage inside!  Sausages are coated in batter then get deep-fried in oil.  Usually American Dog is big (containing 1 whole Frankfurt sausage) and a chopstick or wooden stick is used as a handle, but I use dry pasta for edible handle and I make them smaller so kids can easily munch on.

<Recipe>  makes about 8 mini American Dog

  • 2 long Frankfurt sausages
  • some Plain Flour to dust the sausages
  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 30g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg (at room temperature)
  • 20g Unsalted Butter
  • 50cc Milk
  • 1 or 2 Dried spaghetti

  1. Melt butter in microwave.  Leave to cool.
  2. Cut the sausage into 4 pieces each, so there’re 8 pieces.  Dust the sausages with plain flour in a plastic bag or a bowl.  Shake off excess flour.
  3. In a mixing bowl, place melted butter, sugar, egg and milk, and mix well. Shift in the flour + baking powder, and mix with spatula.  
  4. Break the spaghetti and stick to the sausages.  
  5. Heat oil in a deep sauce pan to 160℃.  Using 2 spoons, coat the sausages with batter then drop into oil.  Turn the donut around until it becomes golden colour.  Remove from oil to the rack. Repeat with remaining.
  6. Enjoy with tomato sauce, or any sauce you like 🙂

Kids Meal

Posted June 15th, 2010 in Food | No Comments »

If you go to family restaurants or some cafes in Japan, you will see kids menus like this…

• Omu-Rice

* Spaghetti

• Hangurg

• Chicken Nugget 


Or sometimes they combine all of above in one plate and offer as “kid’s plate” .

Kids menu spaghetti normally means Napoletana pasta, but it’s just a dish of stir-fried spaghetti with some ingredients (green capsicum, ham, onion etc) in tomato ketchup.  (easy to make!)

Omu-Rice was one of my favorite dish, and it still is 😀  Kids omu-rice is normally served with tomato ketchup on top, but now I like it with other sauces such as Demiglace sauce, white sauce, wafu dashi sauce etc.  

When I cook some food for my cuisines, they request omu-rice quite often too.  I sometimes wrap up spaghetti in egg omelet “omu-ghetti”, yakisoba in egg omelet “omu-soba”, and sometimes cover up curry & rice with egg omelet “omu-curry”  And draw a face with tomato ketchup, or write a short message  🙂   

These Japanese home-style food is really easy to make.  To make omu-rice, you just need to stir-fry :

  • cooked rice (one day old is better)
  • frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots and corns?)
  • diced onions
  • meat (hams, cubed chicken etc)
with tomato ketchup and Worcester sauce, then season with salt and pepper.
Kids spaghetti has the exact same ingredients, actually.  Just replace the rice to spaghetti :p
I like making these kids menu.  I may have kids party sometime soon 😀
By the way, here are some tempting kids menus from Mos Burger…
Mos burger with fluffy bun and mild curry sauce!  It comes with original toys …  cute!

And I want Mister Donut kids meal toys (><)  So cute.