The newest offering at a Maui hot dog stand features lobster dog. Yep, you heard that right.
The menu at Hank’s Haute Dogs, beachside at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina, may call it a “lobster dog,” but owner Hank Adaniya says his creation is actually a hand-crafted sort of sausage.
“We use lobster, a fish paste and shrimp,” Adaniya told me. “Those three ingredients along with some seasoning we’re able to stuff into a pork casing and there you have it.
“It’s like a seafood mousse inside the casing. We end up sautéing it in butter so that we can get the casing a little crisp so that it’s easy to bite into. And then we poach it in butter.
“Butter and lobster -- it’s the perfect match.”
The lobster dog is garnished with garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato and takuwan or takuan, a pickled turnip from Japan.
The sandwich costs $17.95. That includes French fries and dipping sauce.
The lobster dog was introduced during the Fourth of July weekend.
Customers who aren’t seafood fans have other choices, including the Hawaiian, a Portuguese sausage (popular in the islands) garnished with mango mustard and Hank’s pineapple relish.
The Maui location is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.
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