The pig is centre of attention in Hong Kong at the moment, first with the opening and unyielding popularity of The Salted Pig, and now with Yonge Piggies, on the corner of Bonham Strand and Jervois Street. Yonge (pronounced ‘young’) Piggies is a Canadian hotdog joint named after hotdog vendor-lined Yonge Street in Toronto.
With its retro neon signs, metal clad décor and open front, complete with high red stools, Yonge Piggies does indeed look like it’s been transported straight from North America, much like its Canadian sausages.
Said sausages, which are grilled to juicy perfection, come in three flavours: Head Prefect (honey garlic), Prom Queen (picante pepper) and Hippie (hickory smoked). All are served in a butter bun, and can be purchased on their lonesome for a steep $65, topped with chilli (‘Chubbs’) or cheese sauce (‘Dork’) for an even steeper $75, or as part of a combo set with either ‘fries’ or a salad and a soft drink for a slightly silly $85/95.
I tried a Prom Queen combo with chips and a bottle of water. I had first asked for an iced tea, but was told this would cost an additional $12 on top of the combo price, so I changed it for water, and was still charged an additional $4. Minus points were awarded immediately; I don’t drink fizzy drinks, so why should I be penalised for this?!
When I had finished grumbling about soft drinks, I walked on to the condiments counter, where toppings included grated cheddar, jalapenos, olives, onions, bacon bits, tomatoes, sweetcorn, sauerkraut, guacamole and relish. I chose guacamole, cheese, tomatoes and jalapenos.
So how did it taste, you ask? Completely lip-smackingly delicious. The buttery, soft and almost slightly sweet homemade bun was perfect, contrasting wonderfully with the crisp skin of the sausage that was bursting full of smoky, slightly spicy and ever so juicy meat. The condiments were obviously a bonus, particularly the jalapenos.
As for the ‘fries’ (I’ll stick with chips so I don’t betray my British roots), they weren’t piping hot and could have been a little crispier, although that didn’t stop me from eating them! Next time perhaps I’ll upgrade to the ‘poutine’ or the chilli fries for an extra $6…
I’d like to put the far-from-perfect service down to the fact that Yonge Piggies has barely been open a fortnight, and I believe I have already shared my views on the prices, particularly the unnecessary add-ons. However, regardless of mediocre service and slightly disagreeable prices, Yonge Piggies has tapped into a hole in the market, serving scrumptious hotdogs in a very favourable location. Thinking about it, perhaps the higher prices are a blessing in disguise; as I won’t be going every day, there’s less danger of me turning into a piggy myself!
G/F, 1 Jervois Street
Tel: +852 2104 7218