Scandi Street Food at its Best – Pølse!

Since the popularity of street food seems to have risen recently, with great places such as Bundobust (a bar serving Indian street food in Leeds) making it into the Michelin Guide, we thought it would be a great idea to add the number one Scandinavian street food to our menu.

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm (or anywhere in the Scandinavian countries), you may have noticed this Scandi street food staple being served from a rather large amount of hot dog stands dotted around the streets and by the major tourist attractions.

Photo of the Scandi street food pulse (hot dogs) for Scandinavian cafe Baltzersen's in Harrogate

Pølsevagn (hot dog stands) first started selling this delicious and convenient Scandi street food back in 1910. Since then, they have become more and more popular. We’ve taken inspiration from these very popular stands and created our very own pølse available at lunch (12pm-4.30pm) in the café.

In Denmark where over 100 million hot dogs are eaten each year the classic way to serve a hot dog is very similar to how we serve ours in Baltzersen’s. They use a combination of a soft bun with a red sausage, pickles, ketchup, mustard, remoulade and crispy and raw onions. This is exactly how we’ll be serving up this Scandi street food in the café (minus the raw onions). Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of some of those toppings though: like everything else, our pølse will be made to order, so you can pick and choose the toppings you like.

We’ve also added pølse to our kid’s menu. As part of our kid’s lunch option you can now swap a sandwich for a half portion of our pølse.

Photo of the Scandi street food pulse (hot dogs) for Scandinavian cafe Baltzersen's in Harrogate

While the Scandi street food is served with pickles and sauces in Denmark, in Sweden it is served very differently. Swedish-style hot dogs are often served covered in mashed potato and prawn salad (strange, we know).

In Norway around 100kg of pølse is eaten per person per year. They are used a number of different dishes and at all times of year. A very popular way to eat pølse as a Scandi street food is in a lomper, which is a type of Norwegian flatbread made with potatoes.

Are there any toppings you would like to see on our pølse in future? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook!

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