Do you know how you can tell whether a Chinese restaurant is authentic or not? By the number of Asian people dining there. No Chinese restaurant is more authentic than My Yen. I’ve been coming to this place for Chinese New Year banquets for as long as I can remember and the tradition still continues. Located on Belair Road, My Yen is basically decorated and offers all your traditional Chinese dishes. The restaurant is usually understaffed so the service can be a bit slow.
The following is a brief review of each dish I had tonight:
Smoked Salmon and Vegetable Salad – The salmon and vegetables were fresh. The combination of pickled ginger, squid, carrot and peanuts worked well with the soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, and hot chilli oil. Each bite had a unique texture depending on the proportion of ingredients.
Bean Curd Spring Rolls – Not my favourite dish but well executed. The bean curd skin was as crunchy as it could be and the pork filling was nicely cooked. I still prefer the crunchiness of traditional spring roll pastry.
Shark Fin Soup – A controversial dish due to the way sharks are slaughtered for their fins. There’s actually no nutritional value in shark fin as it’s basically cartilage. Yet, people pay $20 a bowl to have this dish.
Seafood Basket – The crunchiness of the noodle baskets was awesome. It was similar to eating corn chips. The vegetables were fresh and still crunchy. The prawns were well cooked but the squid was overcooked.
Lotus Fried Rice – The lotus infused fried rice was a real treat. The barbecue pork on the inside was lean. The rice wasn’t too soggy. The dish had balance and was well flavoured.
Lobster with Noodles – This dish was disappointing and a waste of lobster. The lobster was second grade and over cooked. The noodles were too oily and bland. I lowered my head in disgust after having this dish.
Peking Duck – Awesome and delicious! The meat was succulent and tender. The skin was crispy and not over cooked. Definitely a highlight of the banquet.
Stir Fried Asian Greens – Vegetables were stir fried for the appropriate amount of time. They were still crunchy and in doing so, retained their nutrients. A nice and simple dish.
Steamed Coral Trout – Fish was perfectly cooked. The ginger and shallot broth was a perfect match for the delicate texture of the fish. Loved it!
Crispy Skin Chicken – Beautiful! The chicken was perfectly cooked. The meat was tender and succulent. The skin was nice and crispy. The dish is a bit pedestrian, but still a favourite!
Some dishes were really good, some were average. The atmosphere was relaxed and the dining experience as a whole was pretty good. I’m sure I’ll be back here next year for another Chinese New Year banquet.
WHERE: 74 Belair Rd, Hawthorn