The most famous hot dog in Iceland
Hot dogs in Scandinavia are different to those down under. In Australia we’ll throw some snags on the barbie, burn some onions and serve it all between two pieces of white bread with a large helping of BBQ sauce. But in Iceland, their hot dogs are much fancier than that!
Enter Reykjavik’s most popular eatery, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. It’s OK, I don’t know how to pronounce it either. The hot dog stand is located close to Harpa. You’ll be able to spot the long line of locals and tourists waiting to grab a quick bite to eat.
There aren’t many tables and chairs but hot dogs are the perfect food to eat standing up or on the go so it’s not really a problem.
The trick is to order one with the lot. The “lot” consists of a sausage made from a combination or pork, lamb and beef, crispy fried onions, raw white onion, ketchup (or tomato sauce for us Aussies), sweet brown mustard called pylsusinnep, and remoulade, a sauce made with mayo, capers, mustard, and herbs all served on a warm steamed bun.
My verdict? It’s tangy, sweet, crunchy and soft – the perfect light lunch or snack on the go. The hot dog will set you back 450 ISK (or about $6 AUD which isn’t too bad when you’re visiting from Sydney). It’s probably the most inexpensive meal you’ll eat in all of Iceland too.
If you can’t get to the stand in Reykjavik there are plenty of other hot dog stands around the country. They all taste pretty similar as long as you order the one with the lot. But overall I do think the best version of the Icelandic hot dog was at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur.
What do you think makes the perfect hot dog? Let me know in the comments below!
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
101 Reykjavík, Iceland