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Hot­dog heaven in Oslo

The Guardian - Travel - - Travel | Globespotting - David Atkin­son

For­get hygge, or cosi­ness. The orig­i­nal Nordic life­style trend was all about the ul­ti­mate in com­fort food: hot­dogs. The Syverkiosken is an Oslo land­mark. The kiosk, near to Alexan­der Kiel­lands plass, has been serv­ing hot­dogs since 1979. And with prices start­ing from 20 krone (£1.90), it’s one of the city’s cheap­est snack op­tions.

But there’s more to the Nor­we­gian love of hot­dogs than just a cheap snack. There used to be more than 40 such kiosks around town but la­teopen­ing Syverkiosken is the last one stand­ing, fend­ing off cheap hot­dogs from con­ve­nience stores with its fam­ily recipes and retro-fash­ion style.

“Hot­dog kiosks have al­ways been a part of our cul­ture, a place where peo­ple from all walks of life stand be­side each other,” says owner Er­lend Dahlbo. “For Nor­we­gians, real hot­dogs are the taste of nos­tal­gia.”

Er­lend only uses boiled wiener (Vi­en­nese) sausages – ap­par­ently the fried, Ger­man-style bratwurst, which some may ex­pect, are favoured in the west of Nor­way. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates th­ese to hot­dogs in Den­mark or Ice­land is the top­ping: a thick potato pan­cake.

I or­der The Spe­cial, a hot­dog served in a bread roll with potato salad and mush­rooms picked fresh that morn­ing in the for­est out­side Oslo, with a can of Tøyen-Cola, a lo­cal take on Coke.

The taste is at once com­fort­ing yet also de­li­ciously spiced, with a par­tic­u­larly fiery brand of mus­tard and, when I ac­ci­den­tally smear my chin with sauce, it feels like a badge of honour. I’m lost in a mo­ment of hot­dog heaven.

• Mari­dalsveien 45, Oslo; more cheap eats in the cap­i­tal from vis­i­toslo.com

Dog days … Er­lend Dahlbo’s hot­dog kiosk is the last of its kind in Oslo

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