By Stefanie Hofeditz
The store is named after the largest city in the world: Chongqing. It is as big as Austria – but has four times as many inhabitants: 32 million.
And it feels like just as many people are standing in front of the three shops in Berlin (Chungking is one of them) that only serve noodles (and a few side dishes) exclusively. A subtle request on my part to please open a few more Chinese noodle shops.
Reservation is not possible. But the friendly service puts us on the waiting list. It doesn’t take long and we’re sitting outside nicely.
At Chungking, the noodles are freshly prepared and served with various sauces and toppings.
I take the Sichuan Braised Beef Shank version for 14.50 euros.
Also in the spicy bowl: broth, cabbage and coriander. Hearty, hot and a slight tingle of Szechuan pepper taste good to me even in warm temperatures. We drink a rosé for 8 euros, a natural wine that, with its slight sweetness, goes perfectly with spicy food.
Tuesday to Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. No reservation. Reichenberger Strasse 35, Kreuzberg.