Recently, I came across this article from the NY times about a Food Truck selling Langos, a Hungarian snack.
The way Langos is described makes it seem so simple, yet not easy to get it just right. I asked my colleague from Hungary, and this was her explanation of the snack. “I have no recipe, few people make it at home because it is very cheap usually and better than making it at home. It is more of a summer staple, beaches, pools would always have langos vendors but you can also find these street vendors (called „lángos büfé”) alongside small roads or flea markets. They are very popular but not very healthy as they are fried and usually have sour cream and cheese topping. The topping is always optional, personally, I just like to spread some garlic on it (they always have a jar filled with crushed garlic), but most people like the cheese and sour cream combination. A good langos is the one that is not greasy (as odd as it sounds), if the dough is good, it won’t soak up the oil and will not leave you feeling “stuffed”. The sides are normally softer while the inside is more crispy, as the dough is quite thin there. “
So it seems that you don’t have to travel all the way to Budapest to enjoy this street food anymore. You can enjoy it in NY, if you can come across this food truck run by Mr. Zsolt Prepuk!!
Enjoy the international summer flavors!
Many countries in the Middle East may not be in agreement on many things, but they sure do share a love and passion for its cuisine. Many of the famous dishes that come from the Middle East are shared by a number of countries in the region, such as hummus, falafel, baba ganoush, taboulli and many more.
Today we will focus on an eggplant dish called Baba Ganoush. According to a food history website, the name literally means “spoiled father”. According to Middle Eastern food lore, it alludes to an elderly, toothless father, whose daughter had to mash his food for him. It looks a little bit similar to hummus, but vastly different in its ingredients and flavor. Baba Ganoush is a puree of roasted eggplants mixed with lemon, garlic and tahini. The irresistible smokiness and creaminess combined create such a unique flavor that keeps you begging for more. I got hooked on Baba Ganoush the first time, and had to work hard to remember the name in order to be able to find the dish again in the future.
The name and flavor may intimidate you, but this simple recipe can recreate its freshness and flavor very well!
With summer in full bloom, try out this recipe with your bounty of eggplants!
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