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This Crayfish Roll is a Hot Dog with Chinese Characteristics
By Apr 30, 2019 Dining

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Xiaolongxia season is just around the corner and I have good news for you lazy asses out there! ROUROU opened in March and it offers peeled crayfish served in brioche buns. I am talking about 30 delicious crayfish inside a 18cm hot, soft bun. Five flavors: Boston original, curry, spicy, salted egg yolk and Cajun. The brainchild of a Hong Konger and an ABC, the idea was to combine something familiar to Asian people (crayfish), with something familiar to Westerners (hot dogs). Not exactly rocket science, but the simplest ideas are often the best.

"I was inspired by lobster rolls, my favorite food in the U.S. and I wanted to save some trouble for people who like crayfish," one of the founders told me. Real "East meets West" food. I hear that's popular. Geographically, too: it sits between a Burger King and Er Guang Wonton.

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Despite its fast food chain style décor, the roll is made to order and I waited about 10 minutes for my 118rmb combo – 17 Chongqing Spices and Nawlins Cajun crayfish rolls, and two soft drinks, fries and onion rings as sides. Cost is 48rmb per single cray-ation (hah!).

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The crayfish was good — maybe not as good as the ones you have to crack open with your hands, but still, no complaints. The flavor is pretty strong so if you can’t handle Chongqing spicy, think twice before you wishfully think 17 Chongqing Spices will be fine. IT IS SPICY. CHONGQING DOES NOT FUCK AROUND. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

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ROUROU, B2/F, Hubin Dao, 168 Hubin Lu near Jinan Lu.

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