"Lángos" as a Hungarian specialty
All the corners of the world and all the peoples know bread or some bread-like dish that has been one of the basic food since ancient times. In the process of baking bread, there always remain a piece of raised dough to be baked separately. Originally, this is "lángos". Even the Bible mentions it: "Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among people; Ephraim is a cake not turned."(Bible of the Saint Stephen Society, Book of Hosea 7:8)
The leftover of the dough has always and everywhere been used, baked ? the most widely known form of the resulting dishes is the pizza. "Lángos" is known and consumed not only in Hungary and the Carpathian Basin, but in several other countries around the globe, as well, primarily where the several hundreds of thousands of Hungarian scattered all over the world and former foreign visitors to Hungary have introduced it.
According to the Internet sites and blog entries focusing on "lángos", nearly all over the world "lángos" is regarded to be a cultic Hungarian culinary specialty, one of the favourite national dishes of the Hungarian ? something that is eaten not for hunger, but because it is good.
In Hungary, "lángos" is usually served as sprinkled with some salt, garlic, cheese, sour cream or their combination. The most popular variant is the "lángos" with cheese and sour cream that adults and children mostly like eating at lidos, marketplaces and fairs.
For tourists coming from any part of the world, "lángos" is a Hungarian specialty, similarly to the red pepper and embroidery of Kalocsa, the Aszu wine of Tokaj, the lacing of Kiskunhalas, the peach palinka of Kecskemét, ZWACK Unicum, the so-called "winter" salami, gulasch or stew.
In the broadest sense of the word, Hungarian specialties, or Hungaricum products are products whose special quality or fame, or any other properties are essentially associated with Hungary. Therefore, in the everyday use of the expression, in terms of law Hungaricum products are in fact unregistered geographic indications. Along the same line of thinking, there exist Italicum and Germanicum products, as well. All the nations can be proud of their own unique products, such as the bitter spirit, which is one of the most widely known Hungaricum products.
One of our objectives with the creation of the "lángos" baking machine is to have Hungarians regard "lángos" as the same broadly respected Hungaricum product as foreigners do, and thus enhance the recognition of the Hungarian nation in the world, add to our national pride also with "lángos".
International recognition and potentials of "lángos"
There are two types of people in the world: those who like, and those who still have not known "lángos"!
"Lángos" in Hungary has the same function as pizza in Italy, which latter one is known and liked all over the world. You can read about the international recognition of "lángos", the "lángos"-related experience of foreign visitors to Hungary, their opinions in details, primarily in Hungarian, English, Swedish, Hebrew, at the website of www.langos.lap.hu. Wikipedia also offers entries in connection with ?lángos" and similar dishes in the gastronomy of the world in English and German.
Globalization, the membership of Hungary in the European Union, the multicultural world of cuisine, the globally strengthening tourism offer new opportunities for "lángos" to become internationally recognized ? in this respect one necessary vehicle is the "lángos" baking machine. The success of the "lángos" baking machine can make "lángos" a more broadly spread product, and a "competitor" of those dishes of other peoples that have already achieved global fame in the global gastronomic offering ? in restaurants, taverns, hotels, guesthouses, pubs, bakeries and events.
Some examples of globally recognized national dishes where in some cases special machines, tools were needed for broad-scaling recognition: pizza, hot dog, hamburger, gofri waffle, gyros, French onion soup, French sauces, Frankfurt salad, Vienna doughnut, Worcester sauce, ham & eggs, pudding, sushi, cholent, chili bean, fondue, spaghetti, falafel, paella, gazpacho, tortilla, steak, gulasch.
"Lángos" recipes can be found at the website of www.langos.lap.hu in Hungarian, English, German, Russian, Czech, Swedish, Romanian. The basic ingredients are the same as for the simple bread dough: flour, yeast, salt, water. The recipes of the different variants may include potato, milk, sour cream, kefir, sugar or egg.
Making of "lángos"
The "lángos" dough is made by manual or sometimes mechanical kneading. Let the dough rise, spread it to a circular shape, or cut rectangular pieces from the spread dough with the use of a knife. Similarly to pizza, "lángos" can be baked in the oven or furnace, which is called bread "lángos", furnace "lángos" or langallo, which has witnessed a rising popularity in Hungary in recent days. The traditional Hungarian "lángos" is made with frying in oil, similarly to doughnuts, which is a well-known and popular dish a number of countries of the world.
"Lángos" is traditionally fried after the manual kneading of the raised dough; it is then put into hot oil, and turned with random frequency. This method of frying, however, poses several hygienic, aesthetic, quality, energy consumption, environmental and work safety problems. See the video of the traditional frying method here.