Taiwan Restaurant

Taiwan, which opened in 1991, was one of the first elegant restaurants in Budapest to serve unadultered Chinese food. Nearly three decades hence, it's still going strong. Since most of the customers here are Hungarian, the dishes are slightly adjusted to local tastes but not distractingly so.

Taiwan's menu covers many parts of China, but the claim to fame is the Peking duck (€30), which, depending on your appetite, can feed anywhere from two to three people. Following the Chinese custom, a waiter carves the bird table-side, pairing it with sides of fresh cucumbers, scallions, and hoisin sauce. All you need to do is wrap them all into a mini pancake and enjoy the feast. For a post-meal snack, ask your server to have the duck bones, with precious bites of meats still attached to them, be deep-fried in a light batter (it's free of charge).

Apart from the duck, the dim sums are also reliably good, especially the fried taro roots (€7) and the steamed shrimp dumplings (€3). I also enjoyed the simple and flavorful hot and sour soup (€2), which is a far cry from the versions served in downtown takeouts.

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