One of the common delicacies you’ll find at a typical Christmas market and other outdoor events is the Langos (pronounced lan-gosh).
- Giant frisbee-sized fried potato dough
- Tastes better than it sounds
- See also: Food from Vienna
So what’s a Langos?
There are various ideas about what a proper Langos should be. But in Vienna they’re made from a flattened potato dough, which is deep-fried and then coated in garlic paste.
This is not as bad as it sounds. Though, needless to say, you won’t find any mention of Langos in a healthy eating guide (other than next to a warning label).
The Viennese Langos is a large, flat, round, crispy snack which can be quite warming and filling on a cold winter’s night. And, as a bonus, you can always use it as a protective shield if the sun/rain gets too much.
The snack has its origins in Hungary, where the name appears to apply to both a bread and potato version, but one generally thicker than the Vienna equivalent and with more toppings (particularly cheese and sour cream).
The Langos is a particularly popular food at outdoor events, such as Christmas markets, sports events (they serve them at my eldest son’s football club), festivals, etc.. One word of caution – they’re almost impossible to eat without getting sticky fingers or faces. Bring wet wipes.