Pizza Hut China's hot-dog-encrusted shrimp tempura pizza, with mayonnaise

John Lehmann, a photojournalist with the Globe and Mail is travelling through China and documenting his experiences on Tumblr. An article in the Globe highlights some of the best posts so far, including this: "A hotdog encrusted shrimp tempura pizza with mayonnaise" from a Pizza Hut.

(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


    1. No, it sells in China because compared to anything else you can get at Pizza Hut or KFC, it tastes good.  In China, the portions are smaller, the chicken is very very lean and the food is weird.  Mostly, weird-good.  But occasionally, weird-bad.  So, for fast food, you’re better off going to a Chinese or Korean fast food joint than to Pizza Hut or KFC.  But if you go to an “American” fast food chain, get the strangest, wierdest thing you can find on the menu, because it’s most likely to be the thing that tastes the best, like this thing.  My favorite fast food in China was BiBiGo.  They’re in the US now, too, because they are good.

      1. And the Pizza Huts menus in China recommend which wine goes with which pizza and pasta.  Very classy.

    1. Minus the cheese, you have a standard ‘steamé’ – a steamed hot dog with sauerkraut and chili powder.

      After having lived in Montreal, sauerkraut sans chili powder tastes weird.

    1. The design logic’s impeccable – all your high péngyǒu dive for the circumferential pigs in blankets and promptly sate out, leaving you the interior shrimp.

    1. Raise your bed’s headrest a couple of inches and have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.  Then try again.

        1. Well that’s what they say at least – that a tbsp of ACV once or twice a day will, in a couple of weeks, reduce acid reflux considerably.  And minimize allergies, and tone up the skin, etc.

      1. Mayo goes REALLY well with fish, a standard combo on fish tacos.  Now that I think about it, isn’t tartar sauce basically mayo with dill?

        But damn, when I call my favorite pizza parlor in town, they know who it’s for, my invention with their ingredients:
        Garlic shrimp, chunk of bacon, onion, fresh basil and extra tomato sauce.
        Once home, I do the parmesan and cracked peppers, but also Worcester sauce and just a few drops of Gourmet Dave’s Naga Jolokia, holy crap!

          1. It’s an Italian & Seafood place.
            Since a classic comfort food is shrimp wrapped in bacon, and bacon goes great with pizza, one day the ol’ light bulb went on in my head and asked them to deconstruct it and put it on a pizza with onions.  The idea of fresh basil and extra tomato sauce came later.
            Then one day I called for takeout and the guy on the phone asked “Wanna make it garlic shrimp?”  And that was it, checkmate forever.

          1. I’ve told friends about it, and a few of them just can’t picture shrimp on their pizza, they give me a puzzled look.  I pity the fools.

          2. When I was growing up in Southern California in the 80s, “eating out” with my parents meant the Marie Callender’s restaurant chain. The menu was more diverse back then, and in some locations, the bar/bistro section had a pizza menu. This included a seafood pizza with shrimp, crab, and lobster, and it was magnificent. I haven’t had it in twenty years, and it’s still my “desert island” food.

      1. I’m not sure where the hotdog crust originated.  It arrived in Thailand sometime around 2009.

        Japan is a Mecca of weird-but-good food mashups.  Pizza with mayo, corn and hotdogs?  Check.  Okonomiyaki (fried cabbage pancakes) with the same?  Even better.  The crowning achievement is spaghetti with weinerschnitzel (tonkatsu) and British-style curry sauce, which you used to be able to get at the old Narita Airport terminal.

        1.  British-style curry is everywhere in Japan, they have a few chains that specialize.

          While Japan does have some great food combos, they have a few ‘misses’ too. Spicy fish eggs over spaghetti. Double fermented fish. Unrefrigerated egg salad on a hotdog bun….

      1.  oh, we have that at work!  but you know, I’ve never really tried it.  the only thing we use it for is a little “kiss” over each piece of one specific sushi roll we make.  so technically I’ve ingested it, but there’s too many other flavors going on for me to isolate it.  I oughta put it on a cracker and see what’s up, huh?

    1. It would definitely make me sick, it’s full of things that really do make me accutely ill… but I’d try it once anyway just to see.

  1. Also worth noting –

  2. You know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup? Mayonnaise, they fuckin’ drown ’em in that shit.

    As for the wrapped hot dogs, replace and alternate with andouille and Spanish chorizo, then we’re talking!

    1.  Never met this thing in person, but the ‘hotdogs’ look more like typical Chinese style sausage, which have a tasty spice mixture and lovely globs of fat.

  3. That looks awesome! I love sausage rolls (the things the picture is calling hot dogs) and tempura. I have all the ingredients to cook one of my own, but I bought a whole bunch of stuff for Goan beef vindaloo with vinegar and I really ought to stick to my plan….maybe tomorrow?

  4. in celebration of the 2010 world cup, pizza hut thailand rolled out this “big match” pizza, a rectangular football field with team france as various seafood vs. team england as sausage and peppers, lines of play demarcated with mayonaise

  5. Pizza in Pizza Hut and most of mainline China (from what I was able to sample) is a very weird affair.  Even traditional cheese pizza is made with sauce that is pretty much just ketchup.  They haven’t mastered tomato sauce yet, and it doesn’t seem like they aren’t even trying to.  Pizza Hut is a pretty fancy establishment in China.  It’s expensive and you have to wait to be seated.  The one I went to in Shanghai was two floors.

  6. Surprised no one from Asia commented. Pizza Hut in Asia has been doing this for years. Every few weeks/months, the TV ads come on to advertise some new limited-time “strange” pizza creation.

    It seems to be their strategy to always have something new on the menu, to to keep the curious customers coming back.

    I guess after a while, there’s only so many “new” pizzas you can create, and more outlandish combinations come up.

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