What started as a Coachella pop-up stand has turned into Koreatown’s newest destination for epic hot dogs. Sumo Dog hit the neighborhood last week, serving up massive Japanese-inspired dogs worthy of the sumo name. You can choose a pork sausage, American wagyu beef, or vegan frank to be loaded up with amazing ingredients like Hayashi beef gravy or bánh mì fixings. Here are some of the highlights from Jeffrey Lunak’s kitchen (open late AF on the weekends btw).
Miso Katsu – The Miso Katsu dog is a panko crusted dream. This monster dog gets a crispy tonkatsu breading, then some cabbage, mustard miso, tonkatsu sauce, mayo, and scallions.
Chili & Cheese – Lunak’s take on a chili cheese dog, the Chili & Cheese douses a dog with spicy miso pork chili, togarashi cheese sauce, crispy onions, scallions, and furikake.
Bacon Banh Mi – A very Vietnamese version of one of L.A.’s best street food treasures. This dog gets wrapped with bacon, then dressed with pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro, lime, jalapeno, and spicy mayo.
Sushi Rice Tots – These crispy sushi rice tots are straight nuts. Do them right by going “Sumo Style” with chili, togarashi cheese sauce, miso cabbage, pickled peppers, jalapeno spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce, furikake, and scallions.
The Romero – Diners can pay homage to the Sumo Dog space’s former owner by eating this guacamole garnished hot dog with pico de gallo, lime, cilantro, mayo, and tempura “crunchies.”
Spicy Tofu Chili – Lunak did not forsake the vegans when he designed the Sumo Dog menu. This dog is a vegan version of a chili cheese dog, made with vegan tofu chili, cilantro, vegan mayo, togarashi cheese sauce, pickled daikon, and scallion.
Soft Serve – Treat your vegan friends to Sumo’s vegan soft serve. Flavors will change monthly, but for now it’s a classic vanilla, made using a coconut base.
Sumo Dog – You can’t go wrong with the namesake dog. The Sumo Dog packs in pickled peppers, wasabi relish, spicy mayo, sweet soy glaze, minced onion, furikake, and kizami nori.