I have read so many reviews about this restaurant that I finally broke away from my usual weekend afternoon dim sum at Ho Ho Choy to give China Yuan a try. It met all of my expectations and more. I felt as if I was at my favorite NYC Chinatown basement eating establishment tasting crispy, tender, and flavorful roast and BBQ meats. Hands down, this is the best place to get Chinese BBQ in Tampa, FL area. And, it seems to be their signature dish. BBQ: They have roast as well as BBQ duck and pork. Where else can you get Soy Sauce Chicken or duck feet and wing tips? Their BBQ (red charsu) pork is the most tender that I have ever had! I said to my dining partner, “I am sorry if this seems kind of strange, but those BBQ pork makes me want to cry.” Tears of happiness that is! I have been so many places that do not BBQ their own meats in house and the quality has suffered from all of the reheating of the meat. But, China Yuan makes all of their own and the quality is top notch. The best thing about China Yuan is that their BBQ comes in platters, which means you can get a combination platter of 3 different types of BBQ meat with rice for only $7.95! That is enough for two people as a main course. That plate is loaded over the top with delicious roast meats of your choice, each with its own dipping sauce. VEGETABLE: Make sure to ask for their house vegetable and what is in season, sometimes they have snow pea tips ($6.50) and they always have gai lan ($6.50). Their Eggplant Hot Pot (about $7.00) is a metal pot with a handle that has eggplant and ground pork which is always my favorite. DIM SUM: They also have a full dim sum menu and they do not have photos of it (for those of you who need the photos). Their Har Gow ($2.50) is handmade and is more unique than most places; it has a sesame and black pepper taste. SOUP: This is the only Chinese restaurant that I have been to in the Tampa area that has a full noodle house soup menu. There is nothing better than fresh egg noodle and wonton soup, mixed with sweet and salty broth and a seasonal vegetable, and your favorite BBQ sliced on top for only $6.50. We ordered enough food for 8 people and it was only $48.00! Make sure to get their early if you have a large party and order as much as you like, because it is extremely affordable. Don’t forget to get a half duck ($8.00) to go you won’t regret it. Fry the skin and fat for wraps, boil the bones for broth, and chop the meat and eat with rice. China Yuan is located in an excellent small strip mall off of Waters Ave. After you eat, you can go shopping at Din Ho market, get some sweet at the Chinese Bakery, and drive around the corner to get some bubble tea at Got Tea.
I felt as if I was at my favorite NYC Chinatown basement eating establishment tasting crispy, tender, and flavorful roast and BBQ meats.