If you ever wondered what a Chinese breakfast was like, Hong Kong Büfé in Budapest's Chinatown (Monori Center) offers a chance to find out. For less than €5, you can try classic Chinese breakfast staples here including cong you bing, 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. The Chinese breakfast crowd pairs the congee with freshly fried breadsticks (youtiao, or "Hungarian lángos"), and it pays off to follow their example.
For lunch and dinner, go for the slightly spicy and amazingly reviving Chongqing noodle soup (chong qing xiao mian), the stir-fried rice cakes (chao nian gao) with chicken, or the twice-cooked pork belly (hui guo rou). They each cost less than €5. For a snack, try the pork buns stacked behind the glass, or the cooked chicken feet if you're the adventurous type.
Don't let the unpretentious, bare interior intimidate you. Similar to HeHe and Shandong, Hong Kong Büfé is immensely popular among local Chinese people, which is the only stamp of approval a Chinese restaurant really needs.