Dining in Budapest: Lángos, the filling snack

Fresh Hungarian Lángos Fried Dough

Hungarian Snack Langos fried sour dough

Lángos (say lahn-gosh) is a sort of salty fried dough, usually served with sour cream (tejföl in Hungarian) and grated cheese. It was originally a by-product of making bread. There are all sorts of toppings, including cabbage, mushroom, beef, ham, etc.
Tips: put some garlic sauce, or if you are a garlic fan like we are, rub lots of garlic on top of the lángos, before adding the sour cream & cheese toppings, to make it even tastier. Don’t look at the calories, enjoy the little vice of your taste buds! Lángos is especially great as a beer snack, or an afternoon snack. But you will surely enjoy it without a beer too. :)

Warning: if your lángos is not fresh and is too oily, you are at the wrong place! Escape and try one of the following places below (Fény utca should be a good tip).

Price ranges: plain lángos (like the one to the left) is about 140-160 HUF (about half a euro or 0.77 USD) while turbo lángos with extra toppings is about twice as much.

Where can you buy good Lángos in Budapest?

There are not many super-pleasant places in Budapest where you can try lángos, especially not in restaurants and bars – don’t ask why, it would be an excellent idea! Instead, you can try the pleasant market halls in Budapest and some other places. And once you decide to try lángos, don’t start with the plain ones: choose something with loads of toppings. Here’s a photo of the classic Tejfölös-sajtos lángos (lángos with sour cream and grated cheese) made by Eszter:

Tejfölös-sajtos lángos (lángos with sour cream and grated cheese)

Here’s a short list to start your Lángos tour with (not in order of quality):

1, Vásárcsarnok, or Central Market Hall (higher prices , smaller sizes) is always inviting

2, Another great place to try lángos is the Market Hall in Fény utca: it is right behind Mammut Shopping Mall on the Buda side (the name is Fény utcai piac, say approx. ‘faign ootsai pee-ats’). Some say that lángos with cabbage here is a great choice, and lángos is less oily in Fény utcai Market, which is important.

3, A lot less touristy, truly rustic place is the Lehel tér piac, another big market hall very much frequented by locals, especially from the less rich strata (oftentimes cheaper than Vásárcsarnok). Beware, the building of Lehel Market Hall is really tasteless, some say it was the revenge of the architect on Budapest. But the main point is lángos, and you will find it there too.

4, If you happen to be in Budapest during the Christmas holidays, try lángos on Vörösmarty tér: usually there is a beautiful folk market on Vörösmarty square, and also great food and drinks, e.g. lángos and mulled wine.

(from now on, I will mainly rely on a great Lángos test, made by Eszter Fűszeres in November 2007 – in Hungarian)

5, Garay utca piac – temporarily moved to Rottenbiller utca (according to locals, the best version is Hungarian lángos with the Greek tzatziki, but many bought Lángos with ham and ketchup).

6, 58-as Lángoskert (Lángos Garden Buffet): great lángos, spacious place for up to 40 people. Only open from spring to autumn and is operating in an old streetcar named desire Lángos.

See the Lángos Locations on the Budapest Tourist Map (click on the yellow basket signs to see detailed info on the food markets):


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Did you know?

Most Hungarians associate Lángos with holidays spent at Lake Balaton (the ‘Hungarian sea’ as we call the great Hungarian fresh-water lake). It is great between two dips, and you will surely find lángos makers in almost every town at Lake Balaton, too.

I think, most people in Hungary think of Lángos as a savoury snack (salty not sweet) and Fánk (another deep fried dough or doughnut) is what is eaten sweet. But some people mention eating lángos sweet with sugar, jam, cinnamon, etc. Apparently, Hungarians living in Transylvania eat lángos with fruit spread, sweet.

Lángos (or lángus), is also sold in other neighboring countries, such as Austria, Romania, Serbia, etc.

Comments

  1. Hi. Back in 1969, my parents took us to Hungary while we were children. There was a Langos stand at Lake Balaton where we gorged ourselves! I have been trying to locate the authentic Langos recipe for the past 20 years with no luck … the same way they made it at Lake Balaton. We had only salt on it, and it was fantastic! If you can help us with how to find this recipe that was used, that would be great!.

    Thank you… from central Wisconsin, USA.

    • Anna from Budapest says:

      Hello John,
      there are so many Langos recipes in Hungarian that I really cannot help you with the one made at Lake Balaton. Some use milk and water, others only water, but – due to the warm summers at the lake and the fact that vendors tend to be economical with the ingredients – I would suppose the Langos you ate must have been made with water. The Langos recipes you find on the internet (including youtube) are more or less OK, but the problem is the authenticity of the flour. Hungarian flour is very high quality and excellent for making langos. If you can get it anywhere in the US it will definitely help to get close to the original langos. :) The rest of the ingredients are more international in a sense: water, salt, yeast and sunflower oil for frying the dough. One recipe you may wish to try is: half a liter of water, 1 packet of yeast (7g), a teaspoonful of salt, 4dl lukewarm water – this is for the dough. Sunflower oil is for frying. Hope this helps! :)

  2. thankyou so much for the above info i tried them on my last visit in the food hall by the bridge they were my fav snack im going again for a day trip is there any places were they are available during the evening as all the food halls close for 6 or 7pm and as you know those pekish moments between 9 and 11 pm when a meal is too much and a bag of crisps not enough !!!lol await your reply .thanks

    • Anna from Budapest says:

      Hello Sykes,
      I have been asking around and unfortunately I cannot help you where you could langos in Budapest at night or late evening. Sorry, most of the langos places close at about 6pm or earlier.

  3. thanx for reply i leavin on monday im sure il find something else im sure

  4. Yes, Hungarian Langos is best at water, at the pools on Margitsziget or Lake Balaton, the feeling of summer vacation is best when you keep eating Langos after a swim. Try it!

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