Tuesday, February 10, 2009

From the Shanghai Bites Archive: Bow-wow stuffed baozi creates controversy

[Note: I have decided to let my Shanghaibites.com website and blog expire, and am reprising selected posts here in the @GarySoup Blog. This one was posted on February 27, 2007 in Shanghai Bites]

No, this is not something Michael Ohlsson ("Weird Meat") missed. It's a Yankee-style hot dog place, and the weirdest thing about it is its location: the northeast corner of People's Square, near the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. I tried the dog last December, when I took the picture. There seemed something not quite right about the bun, but otherwise it walked like a hot dog, talked like a hot dog, and looked like a hot dog to me. And I should add tasted like a hot dog.

The controversy, if it can be called such, relates to the graphic logo of the jauntily leaning dog. Others in the blogosphere have pointed out that it's a copy of the logo used by Top Dog, the beloved and venerable mini-chain in Berkeley, California. I think it has also been reported that the Mac Dog owner once worked at Top Dog for a few months. Is Top Dog complaining? Not that I've heard. Should they complain? Unless they are planning to expand beyond their three East Bay shops to Mainland China, I think not. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

1 comment:

NYCFoodGuy.com said...

I love your blog. All the food looks so delicious.

My name is Lawrence and I write a blog in New York City called NYCFoodGuy.com and I just ate dim sum for the first time last weekend and it was AWESOME!

I thought you'd get a kick out of seeing an total outsider American's take on dim sum. I pride myself on keeping an open mind and I pitched my post as an intro to dim sum for those who never had it.

Feel free to link to my story if you'd like and if you ever come to NY, email me for some info...