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Anything decent at the Yen Ching?

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femmevox Sep 17, 2013 12:45 PM

A friend whom I haven't visited with in a long time invited me to lunch at the Yen Ching, a mediocre Chinese restaurant in Harvard Square.

I've had some pretty bad food there--is there anything that's good? OK? Even yummy?

Please let me know.

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  1. Allstonian RE: femmevox Sep 17, 2013 12:52 PM

    Here's the thread from the last time Yenching came up on this board, in December 2010:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7549...

    You can assume that's it's roughly 3 years further downhill by now.

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      femmevox RE: Allstonian Sep 17, 2013 01:41 PM

      Yes, thanks, I know it sucks. I'm trying to figure out if there's anything someone has recently enjoyed there.

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        kdemayo RE: femmevox Sep 18, 2013 08:26 AM

        I'm not sure how helpful this is...but I have a friend who is obsessed w/ American-Chinese food and her favorite restaurant is literally Yenching. I went to dinner with her and her Dad when he was visiting about 3 months ago. I was of course being a little pretentious b*&*tch complaining about the food to my DH before I went (whoops). I actually enjoyed the meal. Probably because I was expecting it to be disgusting and it was totally fine. We had a spicy lo mein that my friend loves and gets every time. It was fine - not too greasy. I think we had kung pao tofu (again totally fine) and a few vegetable dishes (she's vegan). I do remember that the scallion pancakes were really good! And I remember that the waitress (she may have even been the owner) was very nice. You'll have a nice time with your friend there. :)

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          femmevox RE: kdemayo Sep 18, 2013 06:05 PM

          Hey thanks! This is exactly what I was hoping for.

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            femmevox RE: kdemayo Sep 21, 2013 11:01 AM

            I had the Singapore noodles. I enjoyed them.
            My friend's hot and spicy tofu, not so much.
            Don't order the hot and sour soup--it's neither hot nor sour, and has canned mushroom slices floating in it.

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