Hot Dog Toppings: Crispy Onions
- juniorcruz Aug 19, 2006 12:22 AM
Good Day Chowhounds!
I'm looking for a hot dog vendor, preferably in the Toronto area, that offers crispy-fried onions as a topping.
When I was in Sweden a few years ago, and had a craving for street meat. I headed over to a 24hr convenience store and ordered up a hot dog. Instead of the slathering on my regular mustard and saurkraut, the cashier offered up a short list of unfamiliar toppings, one of which was "crispy onion". (On a side note, the "creamy shrimp-salad sauce" cost extra and I wasn't feeling that adventurous at the time.) I decided on the onions and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it was surprisingly delicious!
The all-night convenience store was not the only place that had this type of onion topping in Stolkholm. The street vendors over there did too and it seemed a fairly common choice there.
Sadly, I have yet to see any hotdog/sausage vendor anywhere else that has crispy onions or crispy-fried onions as a choice of topping. Can anyone help?
Just today, at the NoFrills at Eglinton and Black Creek Drive, I saw in the spice department a bag of crispy onions from a company called SARJ (?). It's among other bagged Indian spices. About $5.49. Might be what you're looking for?
In Norway they are also crazy for crispy fried onion on their dogs. I think you are going to have to buy your own deep fried onions and bring them to the hotdog vendor. I dimly recall seeing some Asian food store (Chinese?) selling big jars of the stuff. Otherwise you could try a can of French's® French Fried Onions. I'm not sure how widely available these are in Ontario. They are ubiquitous in US grocery stores because they are an essential ingredient for a Thanksgiving green bean casserole which has assumed iconic status stateside.
I experienced the same crisp-ity onion goodness while studying in Denmark. Must be a Scandinavian thing. I also loved the sweet mayonnaise that Danish dog vendors would put in the hot dogs, SO much better than ours here in the States. Good luck with your crispy onion search, I understand the crispy onion void and long to go back to Scandinavia!