Ngon Street Food

If you're on the fence whether it's worth trekking out to a Budapest outskirt for a Thai meal, here's a little encouragement: Ngon Street Food is easily accessible by public transport (take bus #9 from Astoria) and once here, you could explore one of the city's two Chinatowns (it actually has more Vietnamese than Chinese vendors these days). Despite its name, Ngon Street Food is actually an indoor-only, sit-down restaurant with a service staff, but the vibes do evoke a bit of Southeast Asia — the makeshift building is outfitted with bare tables and low plastic tools, and there's an open kitchen where giant flames often leap from the cast iron woks.

The spicy green papaya salad with sticky rice is freshly made and comes drizzled with mini dried shrimps and roasted peanuts (€8). Also good is the coconut green curry laced with pea eggplants and guava and imparting a manageable chili heat (€8). The stir fried noodles here pack more flavor than your average pad see ew or pad thai (€8). The only disappointment was the indistinct pork neck salad, but I ended my meal on a (sugar) high note thanks to the unctuous mango sticky rice.

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