Spicy Fish Budapest (沸腾鱼乡)

It’s usually a good sign when a Chinese restaurant is buried deep within Chinatown. This is exactly the case with Spicy Fish, one of the top Chinese restaurants in Budapest — to get to it, you'll need to journey out to Monori Center, a 15-minute cab ride from downtown. Spicy Fish's menu features dishes from all parts of China, but especially prominent are seafood, and the spicy and mouth-numbing plates from Sichuan (the head chef is from there).

The Sichuan classics like Chongqing spicy chicken (lazi ji), mapo tofu, and yuxiang shredded pork (fish-fragrant pork) are all excellent, but the star of the show is the namesake spicy fish (shui zhu yu; €23). Soon after you place an order, a server will bring a tureen chock-full of still-boiling oil studded with red chilis, shreds of white carp fillets, and mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. Note that it's meant for two or three people. If you prefer something without chilis and don't mind a post-meal food coma, go for the Dongpo pork (€13), a thick cut of fall-apart-tender pork belly with a deeply porcine flavor.

The only downsides? The service staff here is notoriously irritable, and they can be downright mean at times. Also, Spicy Fish isn't cheap, so try to go with a group of peope and share plates.

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