I have been to a local buffet here in Budapest three times, and each time I visited the dessert table, I had the same experience. They were out of Somlói Galuska! This decadent dessert with a jelly roll base is drenched in rum, covered with custard, swimming in chocolate, topped with apricot jam, sprinkled with cocoa, and capped with mountains of whipped cream. The first time I tried Somlói Galuska, my taste buds went into cardiac arrest.
Recently, our cafeteria had Hungarian Day and served all things Hungarian. On the menu was Somlói Galuska. I arrived in the cafeteria halfway through the lunch hour. When I got to the front of the lunch line and asked for some Somlói, the cafeteria man said, “Sorry, we ran out.” Figures.