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The 16 Best Chinese Restaurants in Budapest

The Chinese food scene in Budapest is more than meets the eye. The inner city is teeming with affordable, takeout-style Chinese eateries, but they adjust the flavors to please the palates of local Hungarians. There do exist, however, excellent Chinese restaurants too. Many are in Monori Center, also known as Budapest’s Chinatown. Be it Sichuan cuisine, dim sum, hot potting, Dongbei-style barbecue, or some other recent Chinese food trend you're after, you will find it all there.

Remember that Chinese dinners start on the earlier side (around 6 p.m.), so plan accordingly if you prefer a lively ambiance over empty tables around you.

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#1 Spicy Fish Budapest (沸腾鱼乡)

It’s always a good sign when a Chinese restaurant is buried deep within the city’s Chinatown, and Budapest is no exception. You will need to trek out to Monori Center, a 15-minute cab ride from downtown, to find Spicy Fish, one of the leading ambassadors of Chinese food in Budapest. Spicy Fish's menu is divided between spicy Sichuan and milder Zhejiang dishes. The reason for the seemingly random gastronomic combination of two distant provinces is actually logical: Zhejiang is where most of Budapest's Chinese community hails from, and spicy Sichuan food is simply very popular currently.
Wenzhou-born owner of Milky Way Seafood Restaurant knows a thing or two about crustaceans. Not only because any self-respecting man from this seaside Chinese city is expected to make a decent fish soup, it’s also that he worked at a fish market for 15 years before venturing into the restaurant business. Accordingly, Milky Way specializes in what he knows best: whole steamed lobsters, crabs, tiger prawns, shrimps, carps, and more. They cook live animals and use little seasoning to let the ingredients speak for themselves (Sichuan spices haven’t crept up here).
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#3 Taiwan Restaurant

The farther from downtown, the better the food - this is the rule of thumb in Budapest when it comes to finding good Chinese restaurants. When Taiwan Restaurant opened in 1991, it was one of the first places to serve authentic Chinese flavors. Nearly three decades later Taiwan is still among the best Chinese restaurants in Budapest, so don't be discouraged by the odd location of this destination restaurant. It's worth leaving the city center for, and it's easy to get to by subway (take the M3 train to Nagyvárad tér).
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#4 Momotaro Ramen

In the likely event that you've never frequented a Chinese restaurant designed as a hunting lodge, here is your chance to do so. Momotaro Ramen's former occupant decorated the space with taxidermy and animal antlers redolent of a Hungarian countryside estate, and, surprisingly, the current owner seems to find it a fitting theme to accent their Asian cuisine as well..
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#5 Wang Mester Kínai Konyhája

If you get the impression that Budapest is swarming with alarmingly cheap, Chinese take-out places serving questionable food, you aren't that far from the truth. But Wang Mester Kínai Konyhája isn't one of those places. Instead, it's one of the better Sichuan restaurants of Budapest, located in the peaceful Zugló neighborhood a bit outside central Budapest and near the City Park. .
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#6 Monori Center Hong Kong Büfé (港式茶餐厅)

If you ever wondered what Chinese breakfast was like, Hong Kong Büfé in Budapest's Chinatown (Monori Center) is your chance to find out. For less than HUF1,500 (€5), you will be able to taste classic Chinese breakfast staples here like jianbings, congee, and youtiao. .
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#7 HeHe Chinese Restaurant (和和美食)

If you’re looking for tasty and affordable Chinese food, HeHe is one of your best bets in Budapest. The restaurant serves real Chinese dishes from a relatively modest, undecorated space in Monori Center, inside Budapest's Chinatown, a 20 minute tram ride from the city center. .
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#8 San Guo Zhi (Dongbei Barbecue Budapest / 三国炙)

San Guo Zhi is a Dongbei-style barbecue restaurant that opened in 2017 in the increasingly diverse food paradise of Budapest's Chinatown in Monori Center. Dongbei is the northeastern part of China, formerly known as Manchuria. The region's food reflects Chinese, Mongolian, and Russian influences, as well as the cold climate - it's heavy on lamb, hearty warm soups, and corn and wheat instead of rice..
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#9 Shandong Chinese Restaurant (山东饭店)

One could argue that Budapest’s Chinatown (Monori Center) isn’t the most inviting of places - after all, who gets excited about strip mall-like rows of modern(ish) warehouses far outside the city center? Dedicated Chinese food fans, is the answer of course. Even though Shandong Restaurant occupies a modest space and is located in a rundown section of the area, I urge you not to turn your back on it because similar to HeHe, it serves up some of the best and most wallet-friendly Chinese fare in Budapest. On any given evening, Chinese families fill Shandong to near capacity, always a good sign, while Chinese TV murmurs from several screens in the background. .
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#10 Hange Chinese Restaurant

Many theories exist as to why it was China's Sichuan Province of all places that elevated the gastronomic use of chili peppers to a whole new level. Whatever the reason may be, Sichuan's name has become synonymous with spicy and mouth-numbing flavors. Sichuan food has always had its fans outside of China, but these fiery dishes currently enjoy an unprecedented popularity around the world. In Budapest, Hange Restaurant ("Han Pavilion" in Chinese) is one of the best representatives of the genre.
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#11 Chinatown Restaurant (Kínai Negyed Étterem)

Of the top Chinese restaurants in Budapest, Chinatown Restaurant is one of the closest to the city center. It’s still some ways away, and it’s located on the not-exactly-inviting Népszínház Street, but at least you don’t need to trek out to one of the two Chinatowns of Budapest, an additional 20 minutes by tram, for a proper plate of laziji (spicy chicken). .
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#12 Dabao Jiaozi (大宝饺子)

Dabao Jiaozi is widely regarded by the local Chinese community as the best place for home-style dumplings in Budapest. This is quite a statement in a city where more than 30,000 Chinese people live. Before moving to its current location in Budapest's Chinatown in 2018, Dabao was a takeout-only venue hidden on the upper floor of a beaten-down commerical building. .
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#13 Daohuaxiang (Aranytál Étterem)

Daohuaxiang Restaurant fuses two popular contemporary Chinese food trends: spicy food and hotpotting. The restaurant was inspired by the Southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, known as the birthplace of spicy hotpot. The oversized dining room is devoid of design elements, as if to ascertain that all attention is paid to the raw ingredients lined up in the oversized fridges standing in the center of the space. Unless specified differently, they will bring a split pot for the broths.
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#14 Yan Jiang Nan Restaurant / 燕江南 (Fecskék Étterem)

A landlocked country isn’t kind to chefs with seafood ambitions. Particularly one where the fish and seafood consumption is the lowest in the EU. Yet a Chinese couple originally from Wenzhou, the port city along the East China Sea coast, set out to open a restaurant in Budapest's Chinatown specializing in saltwater fish. Their goal is to bring the nuanced flavors of their native land to Budapest’s sizeable Wenzhounese community and the occasional Hungarian customers.
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#15 Wang Fu (Mimóza) Chinese Restaurant

Those looking for an interactive, communal dining experience should consider Wang Fu (Mimóza), a longstanding Chinese hot pot restaurant in Budapest, a bit outside the city center. The system works like this: guests need to walk up to and choose from the oversized fridges standing by the entrance and containing a countless variety of skewered raw ingredients including mutton, chicken, beef, crustaceans and fish, vegetables, and noodles. Once you return to your table, servers will prepare the cooking broths where go the ingredients for anywhere from a few seconds (raw beef) to several minutes (noodles). .
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#16 Kilenc Sárkány Étterem

Kilenc Sárkány Étterem (“Nine Dragons Restaurant”) is a long-established Chinese restaurant in Budapest, opened over two decades ago. They carry two sets of menus, so make sure the waitstaff hands you the one for the Chinese patrons, otherwise you’re in for watered-down dishes adjusted to “European tastes”. Most items on the long menu originate from China’s Zhejiang province, more specifically Wenzhou, the home to many Chinese immigrants in Hungary. .
Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, atmosphere, service, and price. The author visits all restaurants incognito.