Known as Tokyo's legendary hot dog, this hot dog may look like it has been left in the grill for too long. In reality, it is actually becoming a Japanese delicacy.
Black hamburgers have been out for around a year or so ever since the Burger King in Japan launched its Premium Kuro Burger. The Kuro burger consist of black buns but the patty and toppings remains its natural colors.
Now it's another BBQ treat going black. Costing 600 yen, a completely black hot dog measuring 30cm in length can be bought and eaten in Akihabara, Tokyo. There are rumors that this hot dog gets its black color from squid ink, but according to a number of reports in the Japanese media, Vegas Premium Hot-Dogs actually uses edible bamboo charcoal powder. That power is used as a food dye throughout Asia.
The edible bamboo charcoal powder does not alter the taste of the hot dog and is even good for your health.
Advertised all over billboards, you would think that the charcoal colored hot dog would discourage people to buy it let alone consume it. But it actually makes people curious and they cannot help but having the urge to try it.