Jin Yi Shu Shi (金毅熟食)

If you’re serious about your Chinese pancake, head straight to this tiny takeout shop buried deep within the Kőbányai Piac, one of Budapest’s two Chinatowns. Known as jianbing and originating in northern China, these savory crepes are a beloved street food across China. Here, a Chinese lady will help you customize your order and then proceed to freshly prepare it on a cast iron griddle before you. There are myriad variations but eggs, fried crackers, hoisin sauce, and a drizzle of cilantro and scallions are standard ingredients. I also like to add pork floss and sausage for a protein boost. The result is a crispy bundle of flavor bomb (be sure to eat it while it's hot).

You’re here for the jianbing, but if you're feeling adventurous try also some of the Chinese snacks like stir-fried duck's head, feet, and gizzard, or tripe and other offals. The trickiest part is finding this place. Here's my best attempt at explaining how to: take bus #9 to Kőbányai út 31., then walk back toward the city center for a few minutes until you reach a small entry to the market between warehouses #25 and #27. Enter the market here. Walk all the way down until you hit a store with a blue "D&D" sign. Turn left here, then turn right, and you'll see Jin Yi Deli on your left. I told you it wasn't easy, but jianbings are worth it.

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