San Guo Zhi (Dongbei Barbecue Budapest / 三国炙)

San Guo Zhi is a Dongbei-style barbecue restaurant in Budapest's Chinatown, in Monori Center. The food of Dongbei, which is located in the northeastern part of China and was formerly known as Manchuria, reflects Chinese, Mongolian, and Russian influences as well as the cold climate - it features hearty soups, lots of lamb, and more corn than rice. San Guo Zhi restaurant offers a fun DIY barbecue experience, where you cook skewers of raw ingredients for yourself over hot charcoals.

First, you will need to order the raw meats and vegetables on a computer tablet. The tablet lists the items only in Chinese, but the images will help, and you can also ask the English-speaking server for assistance. The choices range from familiar options to Westerners like chicken thighs, pork ribs, and lamb chops to more exotic cuts including chicken gizzard, pork offal, and bull’s penis (it tastes like a gelatinous rice cake; in China they believe in its libido-enhancing powers).

Each skewer costs around €1, and anywhere from six to eight will fill the average appetite. Choose whatever you like, but I especially recommend the pork ribs, the beef tripe, and the eggplants. Be sure to also order a bowl of geda tang soup (€1.5), which is a traditional northern Chinese thick vegetable soup with dumplings and it's amazingly reviving in the cold months.

San Guo Zhi's interior is split into two, with the other side operating as a hot pot restaurant. But you're best off sticking to their specialty, which is barbecue.