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Greetings, my beautiful lovelies!

Hello, it's Emmy! Welcome back to another episode of Hard Times

where I explore food and recipes from times of food scarcity and hardship.

Today, I'm gonna be making a recipe called "Weenies Royale"

and it was suggested to me by viewer TJ.

TJ, thank you so much for suggesting this.

I spent so much time reading about this particular time in US history

and it was sad, but an important one.

And so this recipe, Weenies Royale, comes from the Japanese Internment Camps.

So, in 1942, soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans,

were forcibly interned into camps.

10 remote camps, all over the US,

and they were forced to leave their homes and their businesses

and they were camped there and were considered a threat to the nation.

So 3 years later, in 1945, internment ended.

In 1946, the last camp was closed.

So, I'm anticipating a comment saying, "Emmy, you're talking about this because you're Japanese."

And in fact, I am not Japanese by heritage. My channel name, Emmymadeinjapan,

is that because I created this channel while I was living in Japan.

I'm actually Chinese-American.

I was born in the US, raised in the US,

and as an American, I think it's important to remember our history,

particularly, in these times.

Alright! Let's make some Weenies Royale!

First ingredient we're gonna need, is some yellow onion.

This dish is actually still served at a place called "June's Cafe" in Sacramento

in California.

After living a life in the camps and having food like this, I could see,

especially if you were young, that you would crave a dish like this again,

so, it is actually still served.

And it's a very simple dish and if you've seen my other Hard Times episodes,

like Clara's Poorman's meal or the Garbage Plate,

you can see that hot dogs also play a roll in those

dishes, as well.

A protein source that was inexpensive and ubiquitous.

So, the reason why I'm using hot dogs in this recipe in the first place

is because the people that were interned were given rations from the US government,

that included Spam, hot dogs, bread. Just basic, basic, basic things.

In about a tablespoon of oil (14.8 mL)

I'm gonna add my onions

So, you just want to brown these a little bit.

Get them caramelized.

And while that's cooking, I'm gonna prepare my hot dogs.

So the hot dogs, you're just gonna slice on the bias.

Thanks so much, TJ, for suggesting this recipe

and because of it, I've been reading a lot about it.

And I'm about to order "Farewell to Manzanar"

And Manzanar was the name of one of the camps

and it was written by an internee.

Again, I think it's really, really important to remember those times.

Even though they were sad times.

Those are starting to

get some color on them

get caramelized.

Next, I'm gonna beat up 3 eggs.

So, my onions are caramelizing.

Now, I'm gonna add my hot dogs.

And get those browned up, as well.

Actually smelling really good.

Onions are smelling sweet.

Hot dogs, smell like summer.

Gonna let them kind of

caramelize and exude some of that

fat that's in the

hot dogs.

To this, we're gonna add about a tablespoon (14.8 mL) of shoyu or

soy sauce.

I'm putting that towards the end because soy sauce tends to burn,

and I didn't want to burn

my onions.

So, once that's kind of evaporated off

and glazed the meat,

I'm gonna add in my 3 beaten eggs.

This is basically an omelette or scrambled, right?


let that cook a little bit, give it a little


Smellin' great.

This is actually very reminiscent of a dish called "Oyakodon"

which you have eggs cooked with chicken.


so, that is done.

Got some rice here.

And then, I'm gonna serve my Weenies Royale right on top of that.

It actually smells really good.

Alright! Let's give our Weenies Royale a taste!

I've got some fresh rice here.

I'm gonna get a bite of everything.


here we go!


"Itadakimasu" means, in Japanese, "I humbly resleeve (receive)" quite literally,

but, in essence, it means, "thank you, let's eat."

And, I know, like I mentioned earlier, I am not Japanese by heritage,

but since living there, and adopting "itadakimasu" with every meal, I continue to say it.

My family says it, everytime we have a meal,

I think it's a really great sentiment to be grateful for our food.

Alright, here we go.


And it's pretty good.

Very, very, very familiar flavors.

The hot dogs have a bologna-lunch meat flavor to them,

that familiar kind of bounce that comes with hot dogs.

Just a little bit

of caramelization

and the eggs are delicious, nice and savory,

with the caramelized onions that are nice and sweet.

But what brings this out of breakfast, for me,

in terms of a breakfast scramble or

a breakfast omelette, is that it's accompanied with rice.

And with rice, it suddenly becomes a meal to me and feels more like lunch or dinner.

But simple, filling, made with the ingredients that you got,

with a touch of familiarity that makes it feel a little bit like home.


Pretty good.

So there you have it, Weenies Royale, a recipe from the Japanese Internment Camps.

Do let me know in the comments down below if there are recipes that you'd like to see me

test out or try.

There are so many fascinating recipes.

I've been loving this Hard Times series because of it,

because I've learned so much about human existence and fortitude and strength and it's inspiring.

Alright, thank you guys so much for watching, I hope you guys enjoy that one, I hope you guys learn something.

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