Go south on Dale Mabry, turn left on Waters, and just beyond Armenia you’ll find Yummy House, in a nondescript strip center. Nothing fancy, nothing classy, no haute cuisine to be found. Just a whole lot of yumminess.
If you’re unfamiliar with authentic Chinese dishes…other than things sweet and sour, with fried rice, or chow mein, just avert your eyes when you come to such menu selections as Bittermelon Frog pot, Canton Chicken Feet and Jellyfish Salad. Instead you might prefer Honey Walnut Shrimp, $12.00, or KungPo Chicken, $6.95.
There’s an interesting array of vegetarian dishes. My friend Betty praised the Spicy Eggplant, $7.95, and Seasoned Vegetables in Garlic or wine, $8.99. A special section is devoted to clay pot, sizzling, pan-style cookery, such as Sizzling Beef Short Ribs, $9.95 or Spicy Seafood Pot, $9.95. But ask what kind of seafood, because it is in this menu section whence resides the dreaded Bittermelon Frog pot.
Having eaten there three times now, I have enjoyed Orange Chicken, $6.95; Mongolian Beef, $8.95; Shrimp with Broccoli, $9.50; and Grouper with Chinese Greens, $8.95. There are several round tables available, with lazy Susans on them, so if your party numbers, say, eight people, everybody orders something different and you spin the lazy Susan and share. Portions are grande, so there’s a lot to share.
Now here’s a very special selling point.
Yummy House serves no wine. But you’re welcome to bring your own. Last time we went, with four others, I packed a canvas bag with a white and a red wine, a bottle opener and six plastic tumblers. They don’t mind, and it kept the bill lower. What’s not to like about that?
If you’re a crowd, you’ll want one of those round tables, so better call ahead and ask to have one held. 915-2828. And don’t plan to go on Tuesday. That’s when they’re closed. So, have I convinced you that yumminess abounds at Yummy House? Try it; you’ll like it.