"Mouthwatering" Icelandic Hot Dogs Lauded - The Reykjavik Grapevine

“Mouthwatering” Icelandic Hot Dogs Lauded

Published August 2, 2016

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Hrefna Björg Gylfadóttir

Iceland’s humble hot dog combines “the perfect combination of meats”, according to one visiting foodie.

NY Daily News paid a recent visit to Iceland to explore the selection of local cuisine on offer. The food critic in question, Blakely Terttenero, considered what kind of food might be encountered and “started to get worried when the only thing I could come up with was putrefied shark and puffin”.

As it would turn out, Blakely sampled a variety of dishes, including a lobster soup they likened to “a spiritual awakening” and “fresh Icelandic langoustines, beautifully sweet cod, wild succulent Icelandic lamb, and so much more”. But one dish would stand out above the rest: the Icelandic hot dog, described as “mouthwatering lamb, pork, and beef hot dog sinfully smothered in ketchup, sweet mustard, remoulade, crispy fried onions and raw onions.”

“The hot dog itself has a slight game flavor from the lamb, with the perfect amount of fattiness from the pork and richness from the beef,” Blakely continued. “It was the perfect combination of meats to be topped with the most delicious sauce and crunchy fried onions.”

Overall, Icelandic food received general praise because “every ingredient I tasted while in Iceland tasted unaltered; it tasted like it should. The seafood tasted sweeter, the meat tasted richer, and the dairy had an immense amount of flavor that will forever consume my mind.”

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