Hotdog Eating Contest in Hong Kong?

Eating Contest at The Big Dog in Lan Kwai Fong, Central! That interesting … I wonder if Takeru Kobayashi would make a trip out to Hong Kong for this … but the prize actually doesn’t seem like much incentive.

Hotdog Eating Contest at The Big Dog

Hotdog Eating Contest at The Big Dog

Not to mention, the most wieners in 5 minutes for the final? Nathan’s allows 10 minutes (although, its been argued that the actual contest is only 3.5 minutes)

Participation
– Applicantion Form and $30 One-Time Entry Fee

Prizes
“The Big Dog” (Final Champion) gets:
– $2000 coupons redeemable at Duke’s Group outlets
– 9 hotdog coupons
– The Big Dog Champion’s Belt
– Entrance into The Big Dog Hall of Fame (photo in-store for 1 month)

Qualifying Rounds
– Jan 23 – Mar 7, every Fri & Sat, 9PM – 10PM
– Top 16 fastest to eat 2 hotdogs (1 min time limit will go to SEMI-FINAL)

Semi-Final
– Mar 13 at 9PM
– Top 4 fastest to eat 10 hotdogs will go to FINAL

Final
– Mar 20 at 7:30PM
– Winner eats the MOST hotdogs within 5 minutes

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Dakota Prime

THE. BEST. STEAK. EVER. PERIOD.

Yes, it was better than Morton’s Steakhouse.

Yes, it was better than the Steak House at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Yes, it trumped all my other experiences involving steak.

And yes, the bill also topped the list.

Dakota Prime is not your average Steak and Seafood restaurant. I went there tonight with high expectations (I haven’t had a chance to come back since its grand opening) and the experience had probably exceeded my expectations.

Let’s get right down to business.

We started off with 1.5 dozens of “White Pearl” oysters (I arrived late, so I didn’t make that order and hence, I don’t know where these oysters originated from). They were really fresh … but most importantly, they was paired with a very fruity sauvignon blanc, which the waiter had recommended. I later asked for the bottle (so I can take a picture) and found out it is called Highfield from Marlborough, New Zealand! You can’t go wrong with white wine coming from that region … it almost tastes the same as Cloudy Bay.

Oysters from Dakota Prime

Oysters from Dakota Prime

New Zealand Marlborough Highfield Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Marlborough Highfield Sauvignon Blanc

Then came the Dakota Green Salad, which was dressed with the right amount of vinigrette and it also came with fried cheese around it (pictured). Dad had a lobster bisque (pictured). I can’t tell you how that was, but from what he told me, it was damn good.

Dakota Green Salad

Dakota Green Salad

Lobster Bisque at Dakota Prime

Lobster Bisque at Dakota Prime

Dad was on a roll tonight and went for a grilled lobster (pictured) before his steak even arrived. We all dug in and it was really juicy … again, grilled to perfection.

Grilled Lobster at Dakota Prime

Grilled Lobster at Dakota Prime

And finally came the reason why I was there tonight: 21-day Dry Aged New York Strip at 14 oz or 380 g. Apparently, they’re also branded as “Meyer’s 100% Natural Angus USDA Nebraska Beef”, which is “Fully Traceable From Farm to Table, No Hormones and No Antibiotics” (pictured)

21-day Dry Aged New York Strip at Dakota Prime

21-day Dry Aged New York Strip at Dakota Prime

My brother had the “Snake River Farms American Kobe Beef ‘Gold Label'” with Bms of 8-12 at 14 oz or 380 g (pictured).

Snake River Farms American Kobe Beef "Gold Label"

Snake River Farms American Kobe Beef "Gold Label"

The steaks were paired with Cabernet Sauvignon called Unity from Napa’s Fisher Vineyard. Very smoky / oaky, dry and quite smooth (easy to down) and doesn’t leave much of an after taste, which I like.

Wine List (Wine by the Glass) at Dakota Prime

Wine List (Wine by the Glass) at Dakota Prime

We ordered 2 Macaroni & Cheese with Truffle sauce (pictured) as side dishes for our steaks, but we later found out that these “side dishes” are meant to be shared. They came in a pan and the 1 portion is enough for 2 … (at HK$60 for a side dish, they better be!). We thought they’d be a small scope of Mac & Cheese next to your steak. If you are going to visit the restaurant, here’s an advice: Don’t order 2 of the same sides dishes!

Macaroni & Cheese with Truffle Sauce

Macaroni & Cheese with Truffle Sauce

After all that, we couldn’t handle dessert so we called it a night.

It was definitely not cheap, but it was very satisfying. For:

  • 18 “White Pearl” oysters
  • 3 glasses of New Zealand Marlborough Highfield Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 bottles of Voss still water (800ml / bottle)
  • 3 glasses of Napa Valley Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 Lobster Bisque
  • 1 Dakota Green Salad
  • 2 Meyer 14 oz NY Strip
  • 1 Snake River 14 oz Rib Eye
  • 2 Macaroni & Cheese with Truffle sauce
  • + 10% service charge

The damage came to HK$ 5,600. Ouch. But it was so good.

Siu Yeh Rating: 10/10

Dakota Prime
7/F., LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2526 2366
Fax: +852 2526 3626
Website: www dot dakotaprime dot hk
Email: info@dakotaprime.hk

Nuke’em Wings

I was finally able to try Nuke’em Wings last night 🙂

Long story short, I was going to go for the “You Must Be Mental” sauce, but I was urged to reconsider. So the chef took a toothpick, dipped it into the sauce and let me try. I dabbed the tip of the toothpick on my tongue and decided I didn’t want to cause any discomfort to my back-end the next day …

So we got 10 wings with “Mild” and 10 with “Medium Hot” … and that was still pretty spicy.

Wings are HKD 5 apiece but definitely worth it. If anyone has tried the “Nuke’em” sauce, I’d be interested to hear about your experience 🙂

Nuke'em Wings

Nuke

7 Types of Sauces

7 Types of Sauces

Chef seen here battering up the wings

Chef seen here battering up the wings

Chef about to mix sauce with wings

Chef about to mix sauce with wings

Here’s “The Big Dog” which is adjacent to Nuke’em Wings and shares the same kitchen (sort of).

The Big Dog

The Big Dog

Note: Photos taken with iPhone.

Nuke’em Wings
Lan Kwai Fong
Central, Hong Kong

The Big Dog
Lan Kwai Fong
Central, Hong Kong

Dakota Prime Now Open in Hong Kong!

Edit: New Entry on Dakota Prime (December 5, 2008)
The talk of the town last night was the grand opening of Dakota Prime, a steak house … that apparently isn’t really a steak house. Their slogan is “Hong Kong’s first ‘Anti-steakhouse’ steakhouse” and when I asked what that really means, the simple answer I got was: “Well … we serve seafood too”
The poor branding didn’t stop the crowd from checking out this new restaurant, which falls under the Prive Group portfolio.
I got in at around 9:30 and was satisfied to find that there was a free flow of most alcoholic beverages; champagne, red wine, white wine, branded water, etc. and the servers were very attentive to making sure everyone had a full glass of whatever they were drinking. A sign that their service is equally as attentive when they restaurant begin operating? Perhaps, let’s wait and see 🙂
Dakota Prime Grand Opening Invitation
Dakota Prime Grand Opening Invitation
Grand Opening at Dakota Prime

Grand Opening at Dakota Prime

Chefs at Dakota Prime

Chefs at Dakota Prime

View from my Seat

View from my Seat

What’s even more impressive is that the restaurant was serving steaks and mini-burgers (with mini steaks inside) for tasting, which I can only smell and hear about … but never tasted. The restaurant was so packed that I can only hear about how good the steak was, without ever setting my eyes on them. Rumors began to spread that guests were infiltrating the kitchen so get their hands on the first pieces of beef that comes off the grill.

Alas, the free-flow champagne got the better of me … but that’s because I had an empty stomach.

Now I know when “Kobe” and “Wagyu” is overused and tried, you need to come up with other places that serve “fine beef” and I’m guessing that is where “Dakota” comes into play. In any case, it looks like Dakota Prime is off to a good start. They did especially well with hiring those 2 hotties who dealt with the guest list last night by the VIP lift.

Disclaimer: The author of this blog is acquainted with one of the investors of Dakota Prime.

Dakota Prime
7/F., LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2526 2366
www dot dakotaprime dot hk