Dabao Jiaozi (大宝饺子)

There is an overwhelming consensus among the local Chinese community that Dabao Jiaozi is the best place for home-style dumplings in Budapest. This is quite a statement in a city where more than 30,000 Chinese people live. Before moving to its current location in Budapest's Chinatown in 2018, Dabao was a takeout-only venue hidden on the upper floor of a beaten-down commerical building.

Takeout continues to be key to DaBao's business, but the current location, puritan though it may be, also caters to sitdown customers. Dabao makes Shandong-style dumplings, which means that the wrappers are thick and doughy. There are only two varieties: the base filling consist of ground pork and shrimp, to which comes either napa cabbage or shredded Chinese chives. I'm slightly in favor of the chive-version, but there isn't much of a flavor difference, and they're both very good.

While waiting for your order, cast a glance into Dabao's kitchen. On most days, you will see a cheery group of Chinese women sitting around a mound of dough, flattening, stuffing, and folding it with incredibly efficiency. 15 pieces, which will easily appease the average appetite, cost €5. Dabao also serves noodle soups, but there exist better restaurants in the area for those, so you're best off sticking to what they do best here.