Monori Center Hong Kong Büfé (港式茶餐厅)

If you ever wondered what Chinese breakfast was like, Hong Kong Büfé in Budapest's Chinatown (Monori Center) is your chance to find out. For less than HUF1,500 (€5), you will be able to taste classic Chinese breakfast staples here like jianbings, congee, and youtiao.

The congee, a hot bowl of rice soup similar to rice porridge, is often used to treat a cold or a hangover in China, but you don’t need to be suffering from either to experience the soothing and warming effect of this comfort soup, which comes with minced pork, mushrooms, and shredded scallions at Hong Kong Büfé. As customary in China, the Chinese breakfast crowd here usually pairs the congee with freshly fried breadsticks (youtiao, or "Hungarian lángos") and it pays off to follow their example.

For lunch and dinner, the best dishes I've had here were the slightly spicy and amazingly reviving Chongqing noodle soup (chong qing xiao mian), the stir-fried rice cakes (chao nian gao) with chicken, and the twice-cooked pork belly (hui guo rou). They each cost less than HUF1,500 or €5. If you feel like a snack, go for the pork buns or the cooked chicken feet stacked behind the glass.

Don't let Hong Kong Büfé's unpretentious, no-frills interior intimidate you. Similar to HeHe and Shandong restaurants, the place is not only affordable but immensely popular among local Chinese, the best stamp of approval a Chinese restaurant can hope for.