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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Pocket of Chinatown

MTKaspy offers inexpensive and authentic cooking in a simple setting.
It's far from fine dining, but Kaspy will satisfy even the most hard-core fans of Chinatown-style "real" Chinese food.

Uninviting from the outside, on the second floor of a shabby-looking block in a bustling market, this place oozes authenticity -- from the handwritten sign in the stairwell announcing something in Chinese, to the Chinese men drinking tea and watching Chinese satellite television, to the loud groups playing board games in private rooms around the periphery. It seems that no one except Chinese traders from the market eats here. And while the decor may be a little on the simple side, there's nothing shabby about the food -- indeed, the food is fantastic, and at prices that are practically unheard of in Moscow: sweet and sour pork (170 rubles), chicken with peanuts, cashews or bell peppers (180 rubles) and fried beef with onion (200 rubles) are some typical examples. A huge bowl of hearty, flavorsome sweet-and-sour soup costs a mere 100 rubles. There are some tofu dishes on the Chinese- and Russian-language menu, too, but they're not necessarily vegetarian.

The half-kilogram serving of Chinese-style roast duck is one of the most expensive dishes, at 380 rubles. Fish dishes average around 280 rubles, with the exception of the 1-kilogram fried carp in tomato sauce, at 480 rubles.

Drinks are also sold at dumping prices: a 50-gram shot of Putinka vodka goes for 30 rubles, and Baltika No. 7 costs 60 rubles a half-liter.

This is the perfect place to drop in for a meal after shopping for holiday gifts at the souvenir market next door -- and it might be your last chance, as there are changes afoot with different management set to take over in the new year.

Second floor of the first building at the entrance to the Izmailovsky clothing market located beside the Vernisazh souvenir market, 73 "Zh" Izmailovskoye Shosse, 24 hours, M. Partizanskaya.