pony horse gets rolled.
What do Slovenia and Iceland have in common? Not much, you might think… unless you are fortunate enough to chanced upon a dish of horse sashimi hidden amongst the California rolls at a downtown sushi joint. As it turns out, both nations are not-so-secret horse-eaters. The difference being Icelanders use horse mostly in stews whilst Slovenians love a good old horse hot dog (or, uh, ‘hot horse’) after a night on the town.
The Icelandic pony - sorry - horse (Icelanders get rather tetchy if you call their meter-high steeds ponies) is a rather docile creature which you generally see looking wet and doe-eyed in the countryside. It hasn’t changed much in shape or size since it first stepped hoof on Iceland over a thousand years ago, though standing outside in the Icelandic weather for over a millennium has pacified its personality somewhat.
Luckily the horse’s temperament isn’t the only lovable and tender thing about it. The meat is usually salted or smoked, but eaten raw it is richer, sweeter, and pinker than beef, with a venison-like flavour that some consider quite intriguing, especially after half a bottle of Brennivín. Horse meat is also low in fat and high in protein, giving every carb-counting member of PETA a serious moment of pause. Add to all this the fact that it is one of the cheapest meats in Iceland, and you have a winning combination.
It might not be long then till you see ´Filet of Icelandic Mountain Horse´ on the menus of Reykjavik bistros, and drunken Icelanders grabbing a quick Hot Horse at Bæjarins Beztu…
Get some horse between your chopsticks at Osushi.