What Is This Sandwich Being Discussed Here? (Sounds like "Bee-ALL-ee")

In this video, the talk show host and the house band are discussing flattened bagels (“flagels”) and they discuss the apparently-similar … “biali”??? WTF are they saying?

Here ya go:

They’re freaking delicious, btw. A have-it-if-you-see-it kind of thing, IMO.

I saw that, and turned to my wife and said “I wonder if they know that this bit is totally flying right over the head of the vast majority of the viewers who don’t live in the greater New York City area”

I mean, I’ve heard of bialys, although I hadn’t heard of flagels before. Haven’t actually had either one.

Made of baked dough, ok, but a bialy is a “sandwich”, now?

I have had them slice a bagel in two and make a sandwich (flattened and/or not) out of that, sure.

I was down on Long Island last weekend and so we picked up some gen-u-ine NYC bagels, of course. The place had flagels and we tried a few. Meh. Basically just more room for cream cheese with the downside that they don’t fit in a normal toaster. Unfortunately, the place didn’t have bialys or I would have picked up a few. Love them.

A bialy isn’t a sandwich, in the same way that two slices of bread or a bagel isn’t a sandwich.

It’s bagel-like, but a bit lighter and airier. The hole only goes partially through, and where the whole would be on the bottom half is a bunch of onions (and maybe some other stuff).

I like bagels better, but I like bialys better than flagels, which I find to be too dense and very difficult to cut.

Is a bialy like a klobasnek (other than being much less likely to contain pork)? I’ve had klobasneks and kolaches in central Texas, where they’re fairly common.

A bialy, if we are talking about the same thing, is not filled (like a bao-zi). I suppose it is in the category of bread with stuff on top of it?

Need to add Bialy to the list of foods with geographic names. Białystok, Poland.

To repeat, a bialy is just a type of roll, like a bagel. You can make a sandwich out of it, but by itself, a bialy is not a sandwich.

My maternal grandfather was an immigrant from Bialystok, and he was a baker. He never made bialys.

When I was as kid, we would sometime drive past a place that had bialy on some signage but we didn’t know how to say it and wasn’t somewhere my folks would stop. And so, it it was baily, like Beetle. I don’t think I’ve ever had one.

From what I understand, they’re more akin to a bagel filled with cooked onions and baked, without being boiled.

Klobasneks and kolaches aren’t a particularly chewy dough, especially the sweet kolache dough, but they are a yeast dough. Klobasneks have a little more latitude, but still aren’t particularly chewy.

And FWIW, they’re all over the state these days, although the best ones are still where the Czech settlers ended up (solid pink on the map) near Caldwell, La Grange, West, Ennis, Snook, Hallettsville, etc…

I recommend Hruska’s in Ellinger.

New York-centric jokes aren’t uncommon on variety TV properties filmed there. For example, here’s a Saturday Night Live bit featuring a joke about a local business that this Midwesterner didn’t get.

I’ve driven by there on 71, in fact. Haven’t stopped though, although I may have to change that in the future.