A few months ago I was flipping through Klip Magazine and noticed a “coming soon” ad from the Gyoza King group. It was their answer to the Nippon-style hot dog phenomenon, a pink food truck called the G-Wagon. At the time it was advertised to appear somewhere in the Vancouver area but I had little luck locating it.
Fast forward to a Sunday evening in November 2010. I was about to leave the house to buy take out when I received a text from Cdn Gooner:
“Trying a Grazy-dog across from Superstore.”
I was curious so I asked what it was. He sent me a picture of a pink food truck and I realized then the G-Wagon was finally in business. Without hesitation I headed straight to the location since I haven’t decided on dinner then.
The G-Wagon was tucked inside this corner across from the north side of Superstore, right next to Home Quarters and around the corner from PJ’s Pets. It’s hard to miss even in the dark since a flood light was set up on the side, shinning on the truck itself. I took a quick peek inside and saw a mobile kitchen fully equipped with a sink, a microwave, a fridge as well as a mini BBQ grill. A friendly young fellow was manning the truck and we engaged in a bit of small talk after he took my order. Apparently it was just their second day of operation and they are open between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm.
Unlike the Japadog model where every hotdog is set, Grazy-Dog gives you a choice of three sausages (Beef, Bavarian & Bratwurst) to go with one of seven special toppings. In addition, you can also order one of two sausage-less “Greative” dogs in the form of the Unagi and the Takoyaki. After much contemplation, I finally settled on the Unagi and the Mentaiko Mayo with a bratwurst.
The Unagi dog was a combination of a piece of pre-cooked unagi (same as the ones found in a unagi don), grilled onions, nori flakes and unagitama sauce. That sauce is basically like an egg salad. It sounds like an odd combination but it goes surprisingly well with the rest of the toppings since it balanced out the rich flavor of the unagi.
Mentaiko, the marinated roe of Pollock, by itself, is somewhat salty and more of an acquired taste for some people. By adding mayo to it, the folks at Grazy-Dog managed to tone down the saltiness and, in this case, enhanced the mild flavor of the bratwurst without over powering it. IMHO, the Mentaiko mayo dog rivals the Oroshi dog from Japadog, albeit a bit more flavorful.
Altogether it took about 10 minutes to complete my order but I wonderd, once the word goes out, how the G-Wagon can cope with a long queue with only one person in charge. I suppose we’ll find out in due time.
It’s great to see the street food scene in Vancouver growing and extending into parts of Richmond since there is such a demand for it. I, for one, will definitely go back to the G-Wagon to sample their other Grazy-dog offerings. That being said, Japadog was the pioneer so the folks from Grazy-Dog will need to be extra creative to distinguish themselves.