pop up food!

El Loco Hot Dogs – Pop Up Friday 3


This recipe is the best for feeding numbers quick and easy. The punters will tell you the results. Nobody left unhappy except the two punters who thought the pop up was at one rather than twelve. Ingredients play the biggest role in simple food. The protein, German smoked frankfurter  is a must, got to get the best. Word on the street is Hela’s Butcher in O’Connor. Great staff! Great Frankfurters! We also had a special guest appearance from Tony Leung from Sydney Architecture firm a+. What a combo though Dan Hong you have absolutely nailed this one. Jalapeno chillies, smokey frankfurters, special pickle sauce served with grated cheese and Japanese Mayo. WTF! 5 stars.

One of the things I love about Dan Hong’s food is the ingredients are available kinda anywhere except for the hero which is the frankfurter in this case. So a trip to Foodworks in East Fremantle (my favorite grocer because they are cheap and they have started stocking 99% of the Gourmet Bicton Fresh who charge upto three times as much) gets you most of the stuff for this recipe. By the way!!

Here we go!

Bloody Delicious
Ready to Rock’in Roll

Serves 6:

Pico de Gallo
4 x Tomatoes (de-seeded and diced)
1 x Bunch Coriander, finely chopped.
2 x Jalapeno Chillies, finely sliced
2 x Garlic Cloves, very finely chopped

Mustard Relish (this is awesome, Giuff made the sauce while I chopped the Tommies)
150 ml American Mustard
50 ml Honey
2 x Dill Pickles (Gherkins, extremely finely chopped)

The Rest
6 x Hotdog Buns
1 x Jar pickled Jalapenos
1 x bottle Kewpie Mayo
1 x 200g Halloumi cheese


1. Should be self explanatory! For the Salsa (Pico de Gallo) cut the tomatoes in half, using a tablespoon like a spade dig out the seeds so you are left with the flesh and skin. Slice finely into a small dice around two millimetres. This is the most onerous task of this dish but worth spending the time on. I good salsa is paramount.

2. To make the relish squeeze 150 ml of mustard into a bowl. Join with 50 ml of honey. Chop two gherkins in a food processor until small enough to get through a sauce bottle. This stuff is a magic ingredient! Its like something from McDonald’s but house made. Lots of applications.

3. Under the dog, split buns, steam them if you have time, pack full of Jalapenos. Salsa laid down thick, then relish.

4. Above the dog, Kewpie Mayo in a criss-cross motion then use a microplane to shave Halloumi, keep going till it spills out the sides.

5. Result, Pure Happiness!