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The 15 Best Chinese Restaurants in Budapest

The Chinese food scene in Budapest is more than meets the eye. While the inner city is teeming with uninviting but cheap buffet-style Chinese restaurants, there do exist excellent Chinese places 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.

Finally, a note of caution: Chinese dinners generally 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 Kőbánya, a 15 minute cab ride from downtown, to find Spicy Fish, one of the best ambassadors of Chinese cuisine in Budapest. Spicy Fish's menu is divided between Sichuan and Zhejiang food. 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, while spicy Sichuan food is wildly popular currently.
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#2 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).
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 much more. They cook live animals and use little seasoning so that the ingredients can speak for themselves (Sichuan spices haven’t crept up here).
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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. The former occupant of the space infused it with the atmosphere of Hungarian countryside estates with taxidermy and animal antlers adorning the walls. Surprisingly, the current owners seem to find it a comfortable 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 full of alarmingly cheap, Chinese take-out places with crappy food, your premonitions are correct. This is why Wang Mester Kínai Konyhája, one of the best Chinese restaurants in Budapest, is such a nice surprise. The owner, Wang Qiang, was a pioneer in the early 1990s to introduce real Chinese food to a local audience in Budapest that so far had been accustomed to cheap, unrecognizably toned-down dishes at the dime a dozen neighborhood take-out joints. This, along with a penchant for self-promotion, has rendered Mr.
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#6 HeHe Chinese Restaurant (和和美食)

If you’re craving excellent Chinese food at affordable prices, make your way to HeHe. This type puritan interior coupled with tasty Chinese fare is hard to come by in Budapest, because the higher-end Chinese restaurants are pricey by local standards, and the downtown takeout places you’re better off avoiding. HeHe is located in Monori Center, inside Budapest's Chinatown, a 20 minute tram ride from the city center. .
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#7 San Guo Zhi (Dongbei Barbecue Budapest / 三国炙)

San Guo Zhi, a Dongbei-style barbecue restaurant was a 2017 newcomer on the increasingly diverse food landscape 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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#8 Monori Center Hong Kong Büfé (港式茶餐厅)

If you ever wondered what Chinese breakfast was like, Monori Center's Hong Kong Büfé is your chance to find out. For less than HUF1,500 (€5) you can taste an array of classic Chinese breakfast staples here from jianbings to congee and youtiao. The congee, a hot bowl of rice soup similar to rice porridge is often used to treat a cold or a hangover in China, but one doesn’t need to be suffering from either to experience the soothing and warming effect of this comfort soup, which comes with minced pork, mushrooms, and shredded scallions at Hong Kong Büfé. As customary in China, the Chinese breakfast crowd here usually pairs the congee with freshly fried breadsticks (youtiao), and it pays off to follow their examples.
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#9 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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#10 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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#11 Dabao Jiaozi (大宝饺子)

Dabao Jiaozi is widely regarded by the local Chinese community as the best place for dumplings in Budapest. This is saying a lot in a city where approximately 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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#12 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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#13 Yanjiang South Restaurant (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. But against the odds, a Chinese couple from Wenzhou, the port city along the East China Sea coast, decided to open a restaurant in Budapest's Chinatown specializing in saltwater fish. Their goal is to bring the flavors of their native land to Budapest’s sizeable Wenzhounese community and the occasional Hungarian patrons, who are few and far between.
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#14 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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#15 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.