Lángos is a Hungarian food speciality, sinilarly to pizza, a deep fried flatbread, made of of water or milk and flour, yeast, sugar and salt. The milk and sugar are not ingredients for pizza. Traditionally lángos was baked in the front of the brick oven, close to the flames. This is the basis for its name; “láng” means “flame” in the Hungarian. Lángos was made from bread dough and was served as breakfast on the days when new bread was baked. Now that people no longer have brick ovens and do not bake bread at home, lángos is virtually always fried in oil.
Lángos is popular all year long. As it is a rather affordable and simple food, it is often sold around bus stations, fairs, fast-food restaurants, on local celebrations or sport events. It is eaten fresh and warm, topped with sour cream and grated cheese, curd, ham, or sausages, or most frequently, without toppings, just rubbed with garlic or garlic butter, or doused with garlic water. Other ingredients and accompaniments can be mushroom, cabbage, vegetables, quark cheese, yohgurt, and even candy or jam.