Thursday, 11 September 2014
Vegan MoFo 2014 - Chili Cheese Dogs
When Mike and I went to Mono last week, we were there on a Thursday. They do daily specials, and the one for Thursdays is £5 for a chili dog and a beer. I fully anticipated getting that, but it turned out that the only beer option was Heineken*. I don't actually like beer so was hoping we could substitute for, say, one of their microbrewed drinks. But even if we could have, the only one available was ginger beer, and I wasn't in a ginger beer mood. And since they wanted £4 for the dogs, I just said, I can make that at home.
And so I did.
I made chili cheese dogs with fried onions (which you can't see because they're under the chili and cheese). And in case you were wondering, yes, I did cover my broccoli with cheese sauce after I took the picture.
I used Fry's hot dogs, Asda meat-free chili (I can't remember the exact name), to which I added some of the leftover weird non-Latin passatta, and leftover Basic Cheese Sauce from Cookin' Crunk. Served with Tesco beer-battered onion rings and steamed broccoli. They were pretty damn good. Though the onion rings were surprisingly bland - most things have too much salt, but these had too little.
*So, that's another complaint I have about Mono, though not referring specifically to Heineken. They have a lot of alcoholic beverages that are known to be non-vegan, e.g. Guinness and Strongbow (and I think they stock Rekorderlig or Bulmers). Yeah, they say all their food is vegan, so they can get away with saying they never said they were a vegan establishment, but they're listed in Happy Cow as vegan. I wonder if, when a customer orders a non-vegan booze option, they tell them that it isn't vegan or just assume the person knows what they're ordering. I dunno, it just feels sketchy to me.