Good news! Regional Chinese restaurants are opening in Budapest at an increasing rate. Instead of the bland sameness of Chinese takeouts, you can now taste dishes that would hold their own even in their places of origin. The la zi ji chicken, a Sichuan classic, at Yu Man Tang, and the steamed dumplings at Dabao come to mind first.
Now, we can add jianbing to that list, available at Happy Panda on a District 8 side street. Jianbing is a popular (northern) Chinese street food, usually eaten for breakfast. It's a stuffed, savory crêpe packing scallion, cilantro, sweet bean paste, some kind of meat, a fried cracker, and an egg that's cooked into the crêpe. It's cheap, filling, and tasty. Happy Panda, a small, puritan shop with only a few seats, offers five versions, including a vegetarian, all of them made to order on a cast-iron griddle right before you (€4-5).
There are also fried and steamed dumplings, a couple of soups, and noodle dishes, but you're best off if you keep your eyes on the prize — you're here for the jianbing. Happy Panda can get a little overwhelmed during peak lunch hours, but the owner-couple does its best to get to your order quickly.