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The Ramen Hot Dog Is the Mash-Up Food You’ve Been Waiting For

The successor to the pho dog is available at Honeycomb Grocer in Union Market.

You’ve heard of the ramen burger. Now, take a look at the ramen hot dog.

The $6 snack at Honeycomb Grocer in Union Market thankfully doesn’t use noodles as a bun. But it does have all the flavors of a big bowl of soup. To start, the all-beef sausage is cooked in ramen broth then griddled. (For what it’s worth, you won’t get the hot dog-infused broth when you order a bowl of ramen. There’s a separate batch for that.) The dog is then squeezed in a roll and topped with a housemade miso sauce, buttered corn, spinach, scallion, nori, sesame seeds, and shichimi togarashi spice.

For those who don’t want meat, there’s a fried tofu ramen dog (also $6) with the same toppings except for bamboo instead of buttered corn.

The ramen dog is the creation of chefs Takashi Nakajima and Mauricio Rivera, but it’s inspired by the popular hoisin- and Sriracha-slathered pho dog that Honeycomb owner Erik Bruner-Yang created with DJ Jesse Tittsworth for U Street Music Hall in 2010.

New York, you can keep your ramen burger.

 

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.