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Yen Yen in Cocoa Beach

Jerry Bank | Dec 31, 200510:47 AM

Last night I ate at Yen Yen. It was a very pleasant surprise. We had two dishes: Snow White Prawns and Pressed Duck aka wor shu opp.

The prawns were not to my taste, though my wife like then very much. However, the duck was superb. For years I have been searching for a proper wor shu opp. To put things in perspective, my Chinese food connections are fairly long.

I grew up as a Jewish kid in the Bronx. When in junior high (early fifties) there opened in my neighborhood an authentic Chinsese restaurant. There I learned about pressed duck. The owner refused to part with the recipe, always telling me he took the duck to the Clhinese laundry for pressing.

Since that long ago time, I have been hoping to find a similar version. Last night was the closest I have come. The sauce was a little heavier than I remember, but the first taste took me back fifty years.

Yen Yen is much better than one could hope to find in such a place. A reviewer somewhere on the net called it big city Chinese cooking. And it was.

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