Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Within every food culture is a fast food identity. Foods of convenience. Cheap, quick, and often one of the tastiest experiences you can have. At a minimum, it provides very strong insight into a slice of a nation’s identity. In Iceland, that food is the Pylsur.
Near the Reykjavik harbour lies one of the most famous “hot dog” stands in the world. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur can claim Bill Clinton, and Metallica as some of their fans. But really, morning, noon, and night, this is THE place in Reykjavik to get a pylsur – and you’re likely to meet lots of locals and tourists alike.
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur translates as “the best hot dog in town”, and it really is.
Made of a combination of lamb, beef, and pork, it’s a fairly plain looking to the untrained eye. Served on a soft white bun, rumour has it the Pylsur is boiled in a mixture of beer and beef stock. Regardless, it’s a tender, flavourful 280 ISK snack.
While it is available plain, most people get it “with everything”. That includes ketchup, sweet mustard, remoulade, raw onions, and le piece de resistance, fried onions.
A large bite provides a completely balanced hot dog – flavourful dog, with a nice snap to the meat, punchy flavour from the raw onions, balanced sweetness and creaminess from the remoulade, mustard, and ketchup and the, crunchy bold taste of fried onions. The balance and flavour is amazing. Under all that sauce, the meat still manages to stand out.
Known for high prices, and a limited selection of foods for most of the year, food in Iceland is often ubiquitous with fish, lamb, and pylsur. But whether you need a quick cheap lunch, or you need a stomach buffer at dawn after partying all night with the friendly Icelandic, the Pylsur is the perfect thing anytime of day. And Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is the best place to get it. The Guardian from the UK once called this the best hot dog stand in Europe – i couldn’t disagree with this assessment. The only real question about Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is how many can you eat at once?