I’ll admit, one of my favorite takeouts of all time is Chinese food. And I don’t really get down with eating a raw octopus just to say I ate something authentic, that’s a bit pretentious I think. I’m talking that Won Ton soup and egg plant chicken, sucka.
One of the longest standing Chinese restaurants in Charlotte is Yen’s Chinese Restaurant off of Monroe Rd at Crown Point. Yen cooks, and his wife is the server. It’s a small restaurant with a mini kitchen bar. The quality of food here is well above the average Chinese dive, while the menu features food that most would be familiar with.
It’s really hard to believe the portion sizes for only $5.25. My uncle, who joined me for lunch, asked for his Ginger chicken to be made extra spicy. The perfect way to say goodbye to the last of our cold weather for sure. We watched as Yen shaved down tiny shavings of ginger which of course could be seen in the end sauce. There’s nothing like knowing the ingredients are fresh, and your meal hand made. I meant to ask my uncle how he liked his lunch, but he was almost finished with it by the time I was done taking pictures of mine… Which of course, can only mean one thing.
As for me, I ordered the Eggplant Chicken which was also spicy. I liked my uncle’s style so I asked Yen to kick it up a notch and watched as he went straight to the cutting board. As my uncle got steamed rice, I decided to test Yen on his fried rice, which was fantastic by the way. No extra soy needed, it was the perfect amount tossed with fried egg and diced onion and celery. The eggplant was sooo good! The sauce he created for this was spicy and coated all of that chicken and eggplant so there was no escaping the heat! I was thoroughly pleased for $5.50.
I will be back for the scallops on the dinner menu sometime soon. And while the menu may be fit to match American taste, Yen will certainly make you truly authentic Chinese food if you ask him to. That of course, is all off the menu and under the radar!