It’s a dated reference, but I really don’t know what I expected when I first saw the headline for a “salted fish hot dog.” Maybe a hot dog with fish flakes on it? A hot dog shaped like a fish? One stuffed with fish and chips? At least, that was where my silly western-headed mind first went, until I realized this thing was coming from Japan.
According to Rocket News, the Kyoto Aquarium is currently offering an “ayu salt-cooked hot dog,” which is less “dog” and more “whole skewered grilled fish sandwiched inside a regular hot dog bun with its head still intact.” Anyone who’s eaten at a Korean tofu house knows such dishes are fairly popular throughout Asia, though RN reports several Japanese still discard the heads and bones rather than eat the fish from head to tail. (Thereby avoiding the nasty feeling of open fish eyes wriggling away in their insides.)
My suggestion? Buy one, stick it in an explicitly labeled bag in the fridge, wait for a roommate or coworker to find it and bask in the inevitable Michael Bluth moment. Proceed to enjoy the highlight of your weekend, you’re welcome.