According to Balaton restaurateurs, a significant increase in prices can be expected, as the increased costs will force the buffet operators to raise prices.
Péter Makkos, a restaurant owner in Fonyód, who is the president of the National Interest Representation Association of Trade and Hospitality Entrepreneurs in the Fonyód region, said that
If the price cap does not stay, the price of cooking oil will at least double, and this will have to be included in the price of, for example, lángos.”
Blikk reports that on the beaches, even the cheapest place will not be cheaper than a thousand forints for a plain lángos.
Lángos is a typical Hungarian street food that is a deep-fried flatbread. The dough for lángos is made
of water or milk, flour, yeast, and salt. Adding sour cream or mashed potatoes to the dough is optional. It is eaten fresh and warm, usually topped with sour cream and grated cheese, or, without toppings, just rubbed with garlic. While lángos is popular all year round, it is mostly eaten in the summer, on the beaches of Lake Balaton.
István Kemerle, the “Pippi Papa” of Lake Balaton, already raised the price of the basic lángos by 50 forints (a little more than 10 cents) last year, and it will probably go up from May. The basic, plain lángos will remain at 600 forints (1.60 euros) in his mobile buffet, with toppings costing an extra 50 forints. As long as he doesn’t have to pay more rent, he can keep this price.
However, beachside lángos vendors cannot save money like that, with plain lángos going for 1,300 forints (3.50 euros) each. A vendor told Sonline that he never thought that the price of a cheese and sour cream lángos would exceed a thousand forints. However, because of their costs, they also have to charge 1,200 forints (3.20 euros) for the popular delicacy.
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