Two (almost) champion eaters sit down to attempt ubk’s monster challenge
Whether you’re used to chowing them down on the terraces of your favourite footie team, at the end of a night out, or straight out of a plastic basket in a diner, the hot dog is one of humanity’s most familiar foods.
Having taken on spicy noodles and the country’s hottest chicken wings, a bowl of ice cream big enough to bathe a wee bairn, burgers the size of your head and more, we took a brave set of Time Out food challenge professionals (ahem) out to ubk – JLT’s urban bar and kitchen – where surely one of Dubai’s most difficult food challenges exists.
Measuring a full metre in length and coming in at a whopping 5,500 calories, this epic chicken and cheese 100-centimetre hot dog sits continuously in a flawless, uninterrupted, metre-long bun.
In 30 minutes, contenders are given the task of munching down this irrepressibly monstrous dog, but while the feat itself seems doable, it’s the toppings that test the most hardened of champion eaters.
Four different segments of the dog provide a range of challenges. In section one you’ll find a healthy(ish) serving of mac ‘n’ cheese. In two you’ll come across caramelised onions and sautéed mushrooms. In three there’s guacamole and sour cream atop some Mexican pulled beef with nachos and jalapeños, and a whopping great portion of pulled beef sits alone at the end – a rich finale indeed.
If you can tackle the dog, it’s free. If you can’t, it’s Dhs150.