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Yen’s Chinese Buffet [Buffet]

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Oh, Chinese food, how I have missed thee. Alright, that enough of that. But seriously, it has been a while since I have had greasy spoon style Chinese food. I don’t know about you, but I don’t count Hu Hot as a greasy spoon type place. Today’s lunch destination was Yen’s Chinese Buffet in Kimberly (in the Shopko parking lot) and as you can see, it was your typical Chinese buffet, filled with sodium and fried food (and soup!). 

Huge Buffet!

The place has a very large selection of food. There is one huge buffet against the wall that has nothing but mostly healthy food. Things such as salad, bananas with the strawberry goo, vegetables and a few types of sushi rolls. Today, I avoided this healthy food like the plague. I went straight for the egg drop soup, teryaki chicken, sauteed green beans, and sauteed mushrooms. The soup was hot and a pretty typical egg drop soup. The beans were oily and crispy at the same time, and not over seasoned. The peanut chicken was amazing! Most buffet food is usually average, but their peanut chicken won me over. 

They also had egg rolls, crab ragoon, chow mein, seafood hot dish (it sounds worse than it was) and ice cream, along with many other things. The place was dead for lunch and I am not quite sure why. The service was friendly and the buffet was full. It was a good, greasy Chinese buffet in the heart of Kimberly. 

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Yen’s Chinese Buffet
700 E. Maes Avenue 
Kimberly, WI 54136

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Yen’s Chinese Buffet [Chinese Buffet]

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So I’ve been craving a “way too much food” style (Ha! As if there is anything such as “way too much” when it comes to Chinese food!) Chinese buffet since Monday night, when my hopes and dreams were dashed by not one, but two closed Chinese buffets (turns out Yen’s is closed on Monday). Instead, I ended up eating a rather dubious chicken soft taco at a nearby Mexican place. Thankfully, I finally got my cravings satisfied today at Yen’s Chinese Buffet.

Two Years, Two Visits

I had been to Yen’s just one time previously and that was probably a good two years ago. A friend of mine was a pretty avid cheerleader for Yen’s and finally convinced me to “cheat” on Min Du and give it a try. At the time, I was unimpressed. So unimpressed it took roughly two years for me to give Yen’s another shot. What brought me into Yen’s? Convenience, mostly. The Food in the Fox team happened to be driving by and was, as usual, hungry. 

So, did it get better?

Yes! Pretty much everything about this visit was better than the first. The place seemed cleaner, the service quicker, and most importantly the food was notches above where it had been earlier. I dare say it approached Min Du in quality and one of the things I’ve always said about Min Du is that their lack of selection was more than made up for with quality. As is pretty typical of Chinese buffets, Yen’s selection is huge. The mound of tasty calories you see on the plate below is just a fraction of what is available. On the plate is crab rangoon, teriyaki chicken, pepper chicken (a favorite), potatoes, mushrooms (stuffed and otherwise), green peppers, and more. Also available was peanut butter chicken, apple pie, cashew chicken, sushi, coconut chicken, sugared rolls, rice, pork, seafood dishes, and much more. Of course, there was also a rather large desert bar (pudding, fruit, almond cookies, etc.) and ice cream!

Thew few downsides were minor. The sweet and sour sauce tasted a little “ketchupy” to me, but my cohort thought it was fine. The sweet and sour chicken and the General Tso’s was heavily breaded, which isn’t too much of an obstacle. I also didn’t see any chopsticks. Chopsticks are not only fun to eat with, they slow me down a bit so I don’t overindulge. 

Two lunches with water came in at a bit over $13.00.

- T

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Yen’s Chinese Buffet
700 E. Maes Avenue 
Kimberly, WI 54136


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Bao Ju [Hunan Chicken]

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Thursday’s lunch choice was impromptu, to say the least. We ended up at Bao Ju in downtown Neenah after a quick decision to turn in the parking lot. It has been a while since Food in the Fox has reviewed a Chinese/Mandarin eating establishment, probably because typically these dishes are loaded with salt, which does not go well with high blood pressure. Anyways, all health concerns aside, this place was pretty decent.

Peking Duck Anyone?

The place is somewhat small and it really doesn’t look like a typical Chinese restaurant from the outside or inside. Sitting down, I noticed a few different sauce on the table, which looked interesting and I was eager to give them a shot. Looking through the menu, I noticed that the prices were a bit higher than typical Chinese places I have been to in the past, being $15 to $33 for a dinner option. But, some of the options were unique, such as the Peking Duck. Not every Chinese restaurant in Appleton features Peking Duck.  I am not up on my duck prices, so I cannot say whether or not these prices are reasonable.

Great Lunch Specials

I decided on the Hunan Chicken lunch special, which was sliced chicken breast with broccoli and water chestnuts in chef’s special hot garlic sauce. This also included soup, an egg roll, and vegetable fried rice for only $6.50. The egg drop soup was delicious and not overly hot. Sometime when I order soup it comes to the table close to boiling. This was not the case here. The Hunan Chicken was also pretty good, but it was a bit on the salty side. The broccoli was fresh and the vegetable fried rice was, well, rice. Oh, and the sauces on the table? One was a horseradish, spicy mustard and the other sweet and sour. Both good in their own ways. 

One other aspect I would like to highlight about this experience, was the service. It was phenomenal! They were over the top with the service. I would lift my water glass to take a drink and they were already on their way to fill it back up to the top. It was pretty incredible. Overall, I will be back to (maybe) try some duck. 

-M

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Bao Ju Mandarin Gourmet
415 S Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956


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