Langós, deep-fried flat bread eaten with a variety of toppings like sour cream and dill or cheese and ham is Hungary’s most popular street food.
Who doesn’t love fried dough? Hungarians certainly do. There are langós stands in many food markets and they are regular features at street fairs and public events. It’s common to see people standing at counters eating hot fried dough mounded with an amazing combination of meat, cheese and vegetables. Some langós dough is very simple: water, flour, salt and yeast. A slightly more complicated version includes mashed potatoes and sometimes even chopped cabbage. Ours is made with potatoes.
Langós didn’t start as a fried treat made in a public setting. It was originally a snack made at breakfast time on bread making day in traditional Hungarian homes. The bread dough was mixed, a fire was started in the wood fired oven and then small pieces of the proofing dough were baked near the flames. It was a morning treat, to sustain the bakers and probably their children, while the bread making process continued. It’s been a long time since most Hungarian homes baked their own bread and as that tradition faded langós evolved into a fried street food.
Expect to eat langós soon after it’s fried. At most langós stands you’ll have a choice of many toppings plus the opportunity to brush your warm dough with garlic water.
At Zingerman's Bakehouse, our Langós is brushed with garlic and sour cream, sprinkled with fresh dill, topped with Hickory Smoked Ham, Marieke 1-year Gouda cheese, and a dusting of Hungarian paprika!
Available on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM.
by Amy Emberling, Zingerman's Bakehouse co-owner, baker & Hungarian traveler