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Yao's wows in Centereach

dixdiner | Jan 31, 201203:26 PM

Tried this place after reading about it on Newsday's Feed Me blog. Yao's Diner is located in a down-at-its-heels strip mall opposite Reptile Jungle You can't miss the big Chinese letters on the sign. Inside, we were the only guilows. Nothing fancy here. A few booths and a half dozen tables. There is no printed English menu, as yet (1-30-12) but the owner/manager gave us his iPad to read a proof of the English menu attached to an email! I already knew what wanted. Alas, no dan dan noodles (I was given the impression Yao's offered spicy fare), but the hot & sour soup was well-balanced, maybe the best I ever tasted. Also enjoyed fried lamb with cumin and hot pepper -- so addictive, I finished the entire plate of tthese crisp morsels. Snow pea shoots sauted with chopped garlic was vibrant in color and flavor. We made do with the smal takeout chopsticks, but the Asians in the restaurant were given full-length tools. BTW, tea was excellent, too. You can''t find this kind of food anywhere else on Long Island, not even at The Orient, but that's a different style of cooking. Hope they receive enough support from the local Asian community to stay in business since I doubt many non-Asians will be patrons.

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