Restaurant review: Yonge Piggies
1 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: 2104 7218
Open: Monday-Wednesday 11am-10pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am until late
Cuisine: Canadian hotdogs
Price: HK$85 for a combo (hot dog, regular fries and soft drink). There's no service charge.
Ambience: casual and crowded. There are only about 10 seats (on backless stools) inside the restaurant, and a few more outside on the pavement. Most of the business seems to be takeaway, but there's not much space to wait for their orders to be prepared.
Pros: the sausages - imported from Canada - are grilled and assembled to order and there's a good array of toppings such as raw onions, sautéed onions, bacon bits, relish, corn kernels and sliced olives.
Cons: if you choose to sit at the counter, you'll be bumping elbows with your neighbours. Although the ventilation sucks up most of the smoke and pours it out onto the street, you'll probably leave the place smelling of grilled meats. The poutine topping (cheese curds and gravy) for the fries (add HK$6 in the combo, or HK$30 for small or HK$56 for large à la carte) didn't taste of much.
Recommended dishes: there are four hot dog varieties, all HK$65. Hickory smoked was the mildest; picante pepper, advertised as "crazy hot", wasn't exactly that, although it had a good kick. Cheddar, which we topped with bacon and sautéed onions, had a creamy, cheesy vein, while the honey garlic (with corn and tomatoes) was my favourite because the sweetness was subtle and balanced.
What else? In addition to the hot dogs and fries (including sweet potato fries), Yonge Piggies also offers salads, desserts and beer. The milkshakes (which we didn't taste) include peanut butter-chocolate, sea salt caramel, and Canadian maple.