Oslo loves hot dogs

Oslo loves hot dogs

To most Norwegians, a game of football or celebrating our Constitution Day just isn’t the same without a couple of boiled wiener dogs in lompe, topped with ketchup, mustard and crispy onions.

Hot dogs are usually served with “lompe”, which is a flat tortilla-like side dish made of potatoes. By itself, the lompe tastes kind of dry and bland, but paired with the hot dog it creates a perfect combination of tastes.

Hot dog kiosk used to be all over Oslo, but today only a very few are left. You used to be able to drop by after work or on your way to/from a party to get a quick bite to eat. The kiosks were a staple of life in Oslo, but they proved unsustainable in the end, unable to compete with bigger chains with their more flexible hours.

But some do remain, and Erlend Dahlbo’s famous Syverkiosken is one of them, Syverkiosken has become a kind of symbol of Oslo’s past, and older generations of Osloites might recognize it by its former name: “Joss sin”


Photo: Didrick Stenersen/VisitOSLO

The Guardian-approved hot dogs

The lack of hot dog kiosk has not stopped people flocking to Syverkiosken in Alexander Kiellands plass. It has become a very popular destination for hungry people on the go, and The Guardian did a write-up on the kiosk last year, describing the hot dogs as “at once comforting yet also deliciously spiced”.

It was Erlend’s father who taught him everything he needs to boil the perfect wiener dog. The trick? He lets the hot dogs sit for a while in a special broth. He refuses to give away the broth’s secret ingredients, of course. A magician never reveals his secrets.

Whatever you like on your hot dog: mustard, ketchup, fried onions, bacon, dressing, there’s a combination for everybody.