Yan Ming is a really popular Chinese take-out restaurant in Kitsilano. Located on West Broadway near Alma, they also provide dine-in options for lunch and dinner, and even bubble tea selections. Its notoriety is due to Yan Ming’s prime location bordering Kitsilano and Point Grey, well-priced food, and standard western-style Chinese food dishes.
The restaurant offers plenty of incentives to keep customers consistently returning to Yan Ming: Free delivery on twelve dollar minimum orders. Lunch specials between 11:30am and 4:00pm are only $5.25, and include your choice of soup or an egg roll. A 10% discount on pick-up orders, if paying with cash on orders of $15 or more. On orders of 20/30/40 dollars, you’re offered your choice of certain free dishes. Another bonus? They claim to be an MSG-Free restaurant.
BBQ Pork & Shrimp Fried Rice ($7.50) – Small pieces of barbecue pork, shrimp, scrambled egg, green peas, and garnish with chopped green onions. This dish was seasoned well, wasn’t excessively oily, and the rice seemed relatively fresh (as opposed to tasting like they used steamed white rice from last week, like some other restaurants we’ve been to).
Beef & Chinese Broccoli/Gai Lan ($10.95) – Thinly sliced beef stir fried with crisp dark green gai lan and carrot pieces. A lovely balanced sauce of soy, oyster, and sesame oil – with just enough starch to ensure it wasn’t too runny, but not overly-thick either.
Sweet & Sour Boneless Pork ($8.95) – Lean and tender lightly battered deep-fried pork pieces with onion and green bell pepper chunks – all smothered with sweet and sour sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. This was an excellent version of this dish because the pork included mostly meat with little fat.
Overall, Yan Ming is a good bet for take-out Chinese food in Kitsilano – comparable to other Chinese restaurants in the area like Tang’s Noodle House on West Broadway and Connie’s Cookhouse on 4th Ave.