The Hungarian capital is truly special. Whether a city is multicultural or not can be determined by many things. The ethnic composition of its inhabitants and a large number of tourists are obviously tell-tale signs. However, one of the best ways to understand a city’s diversity is by looking at the various gastronomic options it has. Budapest is not lagging behind in this respect. Besides many restaurants offering American, Italian and South American delicacies, the Hungarian capital also boasts its own Chinese quarter which we present below.
Dragon in the heart of Budapest
Chinese cuisine is one of the best known in the world. Almost every big city has its own Chinatown and Budapest is no different. In the Hungarian capital, you can find the Chinatown in Kőbánya, in district X. A Chinatown can be beneficial for a city both for cultural and economic reasons.
For a long time in Budapest, Chinatown was synonymous with the Four Tigers Market.
Later, the Asia Center opened followed by numerous restaurants serving Chinese and other Asian dishes both in the capital and rural towns. In one place, however, a small Chinatown was formed. It was initially established to serve the local Chinese community, but nowadays it has been increasingly popular among locals as well. Menus can be often in Chinese. However, more and more places have translated them to English and Hungarian.
The Budapest Chinatown is completely authentic, with no Hungarian or European features.
It is worth a visit not only if you want to taste locally prepared food. You can also buy rare ingredients and traditional spices that are typical in Chinese cuisine but are hard to find elsewhere.
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Wonders of Chinese cuisine in Kőbánya
The Monori Center and the Chinese Quarter in Budapest may not be as famous as other Chinatowns around the globe. The decor is not what you might expect at first glance. There are no dragons or lanterns at every corner, but the flavours are guaranteed to take you far away and introduce you to a whole other world.
Squid on skewers, mussels, oysters and fried pasta.
Wan Hao offers a selection of salads and marinated spicy fried meat plates. There are also lamb, beef, pork, chicken and seafood dishes. At Happí Panda, fried squid, lamb chops or tofu are the most popular choices. However, the curious can also try mussels or Chinese sausages.
At the Yitian/R&D place, you can choose from spicy savoury to salty. Iced shakes, tiger sponge cake, mango matcha mochi – all await hungry visitors. Spicy Fish is perhaps the best-known name in Budapest’s Chinatown. Among meat and vegetable dumplings, the stuffed crab is their signature dish. While Hi Bing is also worth a visit if you crave Chinese pancakes.
Chinatown can be reached by tram, bus, car or even train.
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