Dabao Jiaozi (大宝饺子)

Dabao Jiaozi is widely regarded by the local Chinese community as 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 a big part of 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: napa cabbage and shredded Chinese chives. They complement the base filling of ground pork and shrimp. I'm slightly in favor of the chive-version, but there isn't much of a flavor difference and they're both good. Unless you specify a different preparation, the dumplings arrive boiled. While waiting for my order, I usually cast a quick glance into Dabao's kitchen, where on most days a lively group of Chinese women chat away as they flatten, stuff, and fold the dough with incredibly efficiency.

15 pieces, which will easily appease the average appetite, run HUF1,500 (€5). Dabao also serves noodle soups, but there exist better restaurants in the area for those, so you're best off sticking to the main event here.