Kilenc Sárkány Étterem
Opened over two decades ago, Kilenc Sárkány Étterem (“Nine Dragons Restaurant”) is a long-established Chinese restaurant in Budapest. They carry two sets of menus, so be sure the waitstaff hands you the one for Chinese patrons, otherwise you’re in for watered-down dishes adjusted to “European tastes.”
Most items on the long menu originate from China’s Zhejiang province, more specifically Wenzhou, a coastal city home to many Chinese immigrants in Hungary. This means there are plenty of whole fish, of which the steamed carp in a sweet-and-sour sauce is the one to go for (it requires at least two people to finish it; €23). Dongpo pork (€13), a Hangzhou-style braised pork belly, is also good, as is the tender sizzling black pepper beef in a thick soy-based sauce (€13). You will also find popular Sichuan dishes including the spicy lazi ji chicken (€10).
Note that in recent years Kilenc Sárkány has started to specialize in hosting large Chinese tourist groups. For regular diners, it can be distracting when these groups turn tables, which unfortunately happens often.