Dojo Dog has got to be the smartest food truck in town. I mean, it is parked right outside the University of California, Berkeley, campus.

And it’s not just the smart location serving up gourmet hot dogs to hungry college students notorious for their munchies, but they play up an Asian martial arts theme outside a university known for its high percentage of Asian-American students.

Ordering from the limited menu of four specialty dogs

For a food truck, Dojo Dog is pretty stationary, parked in the same spot on Bancroft Way right outside the student union. Student owned, the truck sells four specialty hot dogs: the Ninjitsu, Wushu, Kendo, and the Shaolin Monk. They sell for $4.60 (plus tax) and you can add the popular drink Tranquil Tea (a delicious mango-green tea-mint concoction) for just an additional quarter.

I tried the Ninjitsu, which is a hot dog topped with cabbage and drizzled with Dojo’s signature teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayo and finished with a sprinkling of shredded nori (dried seaweed).

The Tranquil Tea is a must drink, made with mango, green tea and mint

The dog looked amazing, but I was actually surprised that the sauce didn’t have much flavor, although it helped keep the dog moist. It really was the nori that made it special. Although the hot dog is extra long, it really is just a regular hot dog, not any kind of special sausage.

Still, it’s the kind of dressed up hot dog that can hit the spot, whether it’s a sunny Sunday afternoon in Berkeley or it’s a quick, easy dinner before hitting the books.

Dojo Dog, Bancroft Way at Telegraph, Berkeley. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/DojoDog

This greets you when ordering

The truck is parked adjacent to a tree that looks like it’s from a Japanese painting

I tried the Ninjitsu dog topped with cabbage, teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo and shredded nori.

Dojo Dog has a prime location right outside the UC-Berkeley campus

7 Responses to A Food Truck Feeding the College Munchies

  1. Karen says:

    When I was going to UCB was a mini pod of food carts parked around that area – they were reasonably priced and definitely kept the student population happily fed with simple food. Glad to see that tradition is still going on. ahhh I miss those days.

    • Ben Ben says:

      Yeah, just a few yards away I think there was an Indian food truck or Thai? But it doesn’t look as snazzy as Dojo Dog for sure.

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    Ah, it’s the umami of the seaweed that gives it that oomph of flavor. Too bad the dog, itself, wasn’t that punchy tasting.

  3. Row says:

    Whoa, that’s a tricked-out dog. What are the other dogs like in terms of toppings? The Tranquil tea sounds very refreshing. :)

    • Ben Ben says:

      The “wushu” has something called “pork sung” and a katsu sauce; the “kendo” has bonito flakes and soy paste. They all have cabbage. The “shaolin monk” is actually like a sushi roll because the hot dog is wrapped by nori instead of a bun and has a miso glaze.

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