Namgyal Momo Tibetan Eatery

Think Budapest is too small to find delicious Tibetan food in it? Think again. On a District 9 side street hides Tsewang Namgyal’s tiny eatery, Namgyal Momo, where he serves up some seriously tasty Tibetan classics. Tsewang, a gregarious political refugee from Tibet who came to Budapest in 2005, speaks fluent Hungarian and appears to know each customer by name.

The highlight here is the hand-torn noodle soup, the thentuk. I can't think of a more reviving dish for the winter months than this vegetable and yak meat laden deeply flavorful broth (€4). Most popular among locals are the shapta dishes — stir-fried yak meat mixed with various vegetables and Tibetan bread — displayed in the steam tables behind the glass. Don't leave before an order of Tibetan dumplings, better known as momos (€4). If you're feeling adventurous, try po cha, the slightly sour Tibetan butter tea (€3).

Although mainly a takeout, I urge you to sit down and take in the unusual atmosphere of this snug space. Photos of Buddha and the current Dalai Lama blanket the walls, and it's easy to lose yourself in the soft, Philip Glass-esque repetitive Tibetan music endlessly streaming from the speakers.

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