Best Cheap And Cheerful Places For Chinese Food In Berlin

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Lily Cichanowicz

While most Asian cuisine in Berlin is focused on Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese fare with the occasional Korean restaurant thrown into the mix, Chinese food tends to get overlooked. Yet, our fair city is actually home to a good number of cheerful establishments serving cheap Chinese food. Think heaping plates of handmade dumplings and spicy soups that warm the soul. Here are the top eight to try.

1. Lecker Song

Restaurant, Chinese, Vegan, Vegetarian

If you love dumplings — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? — Lecker Song in Prenzlauer Berg is the place to get them in their full, delicious variety. There are more than 20 types of Chinese dumplings on offer, including several vegetarian and vegan selections served in bamboo containers, and they do a pretty darn authentic dim sum on weekends. The restaurant itself is a tiny hole in the wall, which only adds to the genuineness of the experience. Expect cheap eats here, and yummy dessert buns to boot. The staff is cheerful and naturally, this little place is filled with other contented dumpling aficionados, the best company.

Tian Fu

Tian Fu offers Southern Chinese eats, with particular emphasis on the delicacies originating in the Sichuan province. The hot pot options rank high among the menu offerings, making this a fun, hands-on option for groups. Menu items come with varying arrays of fresh veggies, seafood, and meats, all to be cooked perfectly in the spicy simmering broth. There are three different locations, all in the city’s westernmost region of Wilmersdorf-Charlottenburg. The interiors are charming with its mixture of industrial and rustic finishing combined with traditional Chinese décor. At this point, Tian Fu is quite popular, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation beforehand.

Regensburger Straße 1 10777 Berlin, +03 091 539 833

Uhlandstraße 142 10719 Berlin, +03 086 130 15

Berliner Straße 15 10715 Berlin, +03 086 397 780

2. Tangs Kantine

Restaurant, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian

Tangs Kantine in Kreuzkölln is a vegetarian’s delight thanks to its amazing tofu selections. Of course, meat lovers won’t have it so bad here either, as their trademark Sichuanese MaPo Tofu is cooked with mince meat and plenty of spices. They also do all the basics that one might expect to find at a Chinese restaurant. Other perks of this place are the pleasant staff, lovely Chinese lanterns that illuminate the dining area, and the fact that there is often a live guitar player strumming classical Chinese musical pieces. While this place isn’t quite as cheap as the other spots on our list, it is certainly cheerful.

3. Da Jia Le

Restaurant, Chinese, Beer

Da Jia Le in Schöneberg is a no-frills kind of place that’s a bit off the beaten path, but it is totally worth the extra effort to find it. This restaurant serves North-eastern Chinese cuisine, and they are known particularly for their Dongbei kitchen specialties, which include tofu skins, cucumber salad, and cold braised beef. The vivacious Mrs. Wu is the owner and the host. She provides excellent service, and is happy to offer advice about what to order. The interior is spacious, and surprisingly enough, Da Jia Le has a pretty great selection of German craft beers to choose from.

4. Asia Deli

Deli, Restaurant, Asian

While they certainly exist, Berlin’s Asian market and deli game isn’t all that strong. It takes concerted effort to seek out the goods, and with so much other excellent Asian fare out there, who really has time for that? Asia Deli in Wedding should be everyone’s exception to this mentality, however. Not only is the food cheap, it is truly phenomenal. Ask for the red Chinese menu to find out what we mean. This speisekarteoffers an astounding array of Hunan dishes including homemade pickled cabbage, dumplings, beef ribs, and noodle soups. While its exterior doesn’t do much to set it apart from other cheap places, Asia Deli is worth the leap of faith.

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