Yu's Garden

5408 Walnut Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604
949-654-2366

Details

  • Sun 8am-11pm, Mon-Thu 9:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-12am
  • $
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
For exactly $7.08 Yu's will pack on a three-item movable feast into groaning foam containers. The place is about instant gratification and not paying much for it. Most everything you want to eat is ready-made, but all of it fresh, and with that mom-cooked flavor and character. The cold dishes are presented in deep platters; the hot ones in chafing trays. This is not Panda Express. There is no Orange Chicken or even Kung Pao. Instead there is chicken mousse wrapped in deep fried tofu skin. There is bone-in basil chicken in sauce-lacquered pieces you have to navigate carefully with your teeth to eat. And soy-simmered minced pork, the kind that you top rice with. And mapo tofu that harbors stinging hot peppers hiding between the custardy curds. Order the latter, and you'll think they're making a mistake. The ladle the stuff into a quart-sized container until it's practically full. Any place else would have slopped it on into the same foam container as the rice. Not here. They are intent on giving you more than you expected and paid for. The place isn't just the cheapest Chinese take out around; it's the best of the cheapest.

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