Monori Center Hong Kong Büfé (港式茶餐厅)

If you've ever wondered what a Chinese breakfast was like, head to Hong Kong Büfé in Budapest's Chinatown (Monori Center). 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 a 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 local Chinese breakfast crowd usually pairs it with freshly fried breadsticks (youtiao, or "Hungarian lángos"), and it pays off to follow their example.

For lunch or dinner, try the slightly spicy and amazingly reviving Chongqing noodle soup (chong qing xiao mian), the stir-fried rice cakes with chicken (chao nian gao), or the twice-cooked pork belly (hui guo rou). They each cost less than €5. The pork buns stacked behind the glass are perfect for snacking; or the cooked chicken feet if you're feeling adventurous.

One final note: Don't let Hong Kong Büfé's unpretentious, bare interior intimidate you. Similar to HeHe and Shandong, this place is immensely popular among local Chinese people, which is the only stamp of approval a Chinese restaurant really needs.

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