Typical Danish: Hot dogs
Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now without a post on hot dogs!
Hot dogs are the Danish fast food, it’s as easy as that. The “pølsevogn” (hot dog stand/ cart) is omnipresent in the city – in the shopping streets, on squares, at train stations, at the airport. My theory is that, wherever you are in Copenhagen, you’re never more than 3 minutes away from the next hot dog stand! After a night out, a hot dog and a Cocio (Danish chocolate milk brand) on the way home are an absolute must for many young Danes.
So, I’ve put together a handy overview over the different possibilities for eating a hot dog in Copenhagen. Enjoy!
Your standard, classic “pølsevogn” is either by Steff Houlberg or by Tulip (they are actually the same brand, operating about 4,300 stands across Denmark). At the airport, they’re called Steff’s Place. Their product range is always the same:
- Fransk hotdog (“French hot dog”): A grilled sausage in a little “pocket” of bread, with your choice of dressing – my favorite is Danish remoulade and ketchup
- Ristet hotdog med det hele: My go-to order, pictured above, a grilled sausage in a classic hot dog bun, served with mustard, ketchup and remoulade, and topped with raw onions, roasted onions, and pickles
- Rød pølse med brød: This is the classic Danish “red sausage”, which is boiled instead of grilled. Served with your choice of dressing and a piece of white bread on the side
In each of these, the variety of sausage can be switched out (i.e. you can get your hot dog with red sausage, or a grilled sausage with bread). For the frisky ones, there’s often also “pølse i svøb”, sausage wrapped in bacon. Yum!
The last resort
Sometimes, you don’t have cash on you (which you need for the classic hot dog stand), or it’s 3am and you’re really craving a hot dog – and there’s no pølsevogn in sight. Then, you’ll head to the nearest 7Eleven, where they’ll not only sell you pizza slices and Cocio, but also all the classic types of hot dogs. Let’s just put it like this: 7Eleven hot dogs aren’t your first choice, but they will do the trick when all your other options are unavailable!
Whether you’re sporting a massive hipster beard and thick-framed glasses, or you just like your food to be a bit more sustainable, you may want to try out Den Økologiske Pølsemand (DØP). The cart is located at the foot of the Round Tower (Rundetårn). Their offer includes the classics (sausage and bread, French hot dog), but you’ll also get some more exotic stuff, like mashed root vegetables and vegetarian sausages. Instead of the standard white bread, their hot dogs are served in a sourdough bun, which adds a nice texture to the mix.
Doesn’t this look tasty? I think so! Pølsekompagniet‘s gourmet hot dogs are a new twist on a Danish classic, for example an onion sausage with Caribbean sauce or a “Red Devil” sausage with bell peppers and spicy mayo (pictured). You can find them at Torvehallerne, at Copenhagen Street Food, and in Østerbro, and in the summer, they are also present at festivals like Roskilde.
The super fancy
If gourmet hot dogs are your thing, but they are just not quite fancy enough, then I suggest you head to Foderbrættet on Vesterbrogade, where you’ll be served delicious homemade sausages and buns with amazing toppings in exotic combinations, alongside a glass (or bottle, if you’re so inclined) of champagne or an expertly mixed cocktail.
Where do you get your hot dog fix?