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Icelandic hot-dogs will finally be available in the US

By Staff

  • Icelandic Hot-dog The Icelandic street-food of choice is the hot-dog. Photo/SS

Soon American consumers will be able to purchase genuine Icelandic hot-dogs at home. The local food giant SS has taken steps to expand its major food processing plant in South and updated equipment to ensure the plant has a US export license for its processed products. The decision is made to meet significant demand from the US for Icelandic hot-dogs. 

SS hot-dogs finally available in the US 

 

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The original hot dog hipster Bill Clinton enjoying a hot dog in Iceland years before it was cool. GVA

Steinþór Skúlason, the CEO of SS told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service that the company has received many inquiries from American importers who are interested in buying Icelandic hot-dogs. The company has been unable to meet these requests because it lacks a full export license: 

"I think we have received more than a hundred requests from the US, none of which we have been able to meet." SS is a producer's cooperative owned by farmers in South and West Iceland. The name SS is an abbreviation of the name of the company: Sláturfélag Suðurlands, which would best be translated as "The Slaughterhouse of South Iceland". The company has been producing its famous hot-dogs since 1908, the year after the company was founded. 

The history of the Icelandic hot dog 
The Icelandic hot-dog is a variant of its Danish counterpart. It is a type of Frankfurter sausage, served in a soft bread bun. What makes the Icelandic hot-dogs unique is the type of meat used: in addition to pork and beef the Icelandic hot-dogs are made with lamb meat. 

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The popularity of the hot-dog was ensured in the 1937 when the first hot-dog stand was set up in down-town Reykjavík, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. A large number of hot-dog stands popped up in Reykjavík the post-war years, but most have been torn down. The original stand still remains, having become a popular tourist destination. In August 2004 former US President Bill Clinton stopped at the stand and ordered a hot-dog, proclaiming it was the best he had ever tasted.

Five hot-dog condiments: No pickles!
The secret to serving Icelandic hot-dogs are the condiments: Ketchup, sweet mustard (also produced by SS), remoulade (a mayonnaise based condiment somewhat similar to tartar sauce), raw chopped onion and fried crispy onion.

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