Fei Fan Eatery, which opened recently in Chinatown, serves Japanese-style hot dogs, as well as other Japanese specialties. gourmaniac thinks the menu is intriguing. “They offer 11 dogs topped with Asian ingredients (think Japadog in Vancouver), such as seaweed, bonita flakes, kimchi, black sesame, etc. and a variety of sausages such as Kurobuta pork sausage or beef sausage.” gourmaniac tried the soba dog, which is a pork hot dog topped with aonori (seaweed), red ginger, mayonnaise, teriyaki sauce, and stir-fried soba noodles. “The dog won’t make you forget Speed’s, but it’s a nice change of pace for the neighborhood,” gourmaniac says.
kobuta tried another hot dog, topped with nori, mayo, teriyaki sauce, and cabbage. “I like the buns they used (not your typical hot dog buns), but the ratio of bun to dog/fillings was off,” kobuta says. Despite this complaint, kobuta found the dog tasty, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the price for a hot dog includes chips and a drink.
Fei Fan Eatery also serves takoyaki (small pan-fried octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (large savory cabbage pancakes). Gourmaniac gave the okonomiyaki a try, and was disappointed that it was neither crisp nor fluffy. However, as Allstonian points out, this may just be the nature of the dish, especially when topped with generous amounts of teriyaki sauce and mayo.
A word of warning for those thinking of paying a visit: Fei Fan Eatery is a food stand, so there is very little seating. “I literally had to squeeze into a table in the corner,” kobuta says. “I wouldn’t plan on sitting there unless you have to.”
Fei Fan Eatery [Chinatown]
42 Beach Street, Boston
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