Dabao Jiaozi (大宝饺子)

There is broad consensus within the local Chinese community that Dabao Jiaozi is the place to head to 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, Dabao was a takeout-only venue hidden in a beaten-down commerical building.

Takeout continues to be a major 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. Both of them use the same base filling of ground pork and shrimp, with one adding napa cabbage, the other 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, where on most days you'll see a cheery group of Chinese women hunched over a mound of dough, flattening, stuffing, and folding it with incredible efficiency. 15 pieces, which will easily appease the average appetite, cost €5. Dabao also serves noodle soups, but for those there are better restaurants in the area, so you're best off sticking to what they do best here.