When it comes to enjoying a satisfying meal in Hungary, changes are you’ll probably have to dine at sit-down restaurant. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a few good options when it comes to sampling local food on the go.
Here are some of the most popular street food specialties in Hungary. Many of them can also be found at festivals.
Lángos is a flat bread. The name comes from the Hungarian word láng meaning “flame” from the days when the snack was baked next to the flames of a brick oven. Nowadays its deep-fried and sold at festivals and fairs throughout Hungary. It can be served with sweet or savory toppings. The most common topping is with shredded cheese and garlic.
Similar to a scone, pogásca is eaten as a savory treat. It usually includes cheese, pork cracklings, garlic, paprika and onions.
Kürtoskalács also known as chimney cake is a traditional Hungarian pastry that originated in Transylvania. It is made by placing strips of dough on a wooden cylinder over an open fire. The dough is than glazed with sugar which creates a sweet, crisp crust. Once toasted, it’s generally rolled in toppings like sugar, cinnamon, or nuts.
The Hungarian version of a crêpe. Fillings can include apricot jam, cottage cheese, chocolate sauce, walnuts, and poppy seed. Palascinta can also be made with savory fillings like the Hortobágyi palacsinta, which is stuffed with veal or chicken pörkölt and topped with paprika sauce.
Kolbász is the generic Hungarian word for sausage. Most are made with ground pork or beef and include a variety of spices like paprika and garlic.
In the colder months especially during the Christmas season, roasted chestnuts are sold by street vendors with pushcarts.
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