The outside of Yen Cheng Restaurant in Fairfax, VA is nothing fancy. In fact, the strip mall its located at needs some serious renovations. The interior, while nothing special, offers a level of ambiance that makes you feel comfortable. The white table clothed tables, Chinese decorations, and water fountains are an attractive touch. Yet what makes it worthwhile dining is that you won’t be broke after eating here, and the staff is very friendly. It won’t be more than fifteen seconds before you are welcomed at the front door, and you will immediately be brought to one of their comfortable tables.
That kind of service is hard to find these days, and while it can sometimes get a bit busy, you’ll not be standing around unattended for long. You will have a server at your table within a couple of minutes, and as your drink order is processed, you’ll get some ideas about specials and new entrees that always seem to be available. As an appetizer, it makes sense to order a serving of their spring rolls, which are loaded with beef, shrimp, and lettuce. These are some of the best in the area, and at $7 for a whole bunch of them, they are a perfect starter item. I think the chicken wings are another selection that some might enjoy, especially those who prefer mild seasonings, but they didn’t have the “bite” that I like. They are still decent quality though, and at $8 for what appears to be a never ending platter, they are affordable for anyone.
My favorite entree is a simple one. The Chicken with Broccoli is always my type of dish, but what I like about Yen Cheng’s, is that it is very spicy. The chicken is slathered with red hot peppers, and the broccoli really does help “cool you down” a bit after eating this. You’ll be shocked by how generous the portions are as well, as the chicken to broccoli ratio is around two to one. The large pieces of chicken are cooked appropriately, so that they are still a bit juicy, while maintaining an optimal temperature. Another good chicken dish is the Szeuchan Chicken. This is an entree with shredded chicken pieces, that are spicy and have a bit of basil, carrots, and water crescents mixed in.
You can select entrees with beef, fish, and poultry as well. If you want a Peking Duck, be prepared to drop $25. That’s about the industry average, and while I’ve enjoyed that on previous occasions, I prefer to get my ducks from hunting. Its a lot cheaper. There are a few wines to choose from. I’d recommend going with a white one, as the zinfadel seems to mix well with the spicy food here. Going with a red might be alright if going with more bland lunch or dinner meals. Beer, soda, and of course water is available.
I’m thankful to Yen Cheng, as I’ve never had a bad experience here. The staff has always checked to make sure that everything was as ordered, and they are always refilling your drinks. Its a clean establishment, and the management is very involved as well in the dining process. Yen Cheng is located at 9992 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030, and they are open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m.-10 pm. You can’t beat the value, the quality of the food, and the wonderful staff who really put an emphasis on fine customer service.