Yat Chinese Food is a proud, locally-owned, operated restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown. From our original location on 4th Avenue, we now occupy two additional locations to serve you better.
Yat Chinese Food is famous for its fresh and delicious cuisine that features a wide variety of Cantonese dishes and other specialties from China and around the world.
Stop by for lunch or dinner today for an authentic and authentic Chinese meal! We offer complimentary parking on a first-come, first-served basis with limited availability.
What is Yat Chinese Food?
Yat Chinese Food is Cantonese cuisine that features various authentic dishes from China and worldwide. Yat’s unique flavoring, cooking style, and recipes are based on owner Richard Leong’s many years of experience in Chinese cooking, including traveling around China and learning from the best local cooks in different regions.
History of Yat Chinese Food
Yat Chinese Food was founded in a small basement on 4th Avenue in North Phoenix. For over 20 years, it has served traditional Chinese food to the Valley.
The restaurant’s main focus is on authentic Cantonese cuisine but with a global flare. In 2008, Yat expanded to its current location in the heart of Chinatown at 3817 N Central Ave.
How to make Yat Chinese Food
- 4 lbs. chicken thighs
- 3 lbs. chicken wings
- 2 lbs. chicken drumsticks
- 1 lb. white mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup Chinese rice wine or clear rice vinegar
- ½ cup soy sauce
Step1: Marinate chicken with oil, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine or clear rice vinegar. Stir well and refrigerate for at least 2 – 3 hours and overnight.
Step2: Heat a large pot of water (at least 6 cups) in a large wok or frying pan on medium-high heat. Place two bowls of ice cubes into the water to cool down quickly. Take the chicken pieces out of the refrigerator and remove any excess oil. Place the chicken into the hot water.
Step3: Bring the water to a boil and do not stir. Once boiling, cook the chicken for 10 minutes (or until no longer pink inside), turn off the heat, and let the chicken sit in hot water for another 10 minutes. Drain all the water out of the wok or frying pan and discard excess oil. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
Step4: Heat a wok (or another large pot) on medium-high heat with peanut oil. Add white mushrooms and stir-fry with chopped chilies, sliced green onions, and salt until tender. Set aside.
Step5: Heat the wok (or another large pot) on medium-high heat with peanut oil. Add chicken pieces and stir-fry until no longer pink inside. Set aside.
Step6: Heat the stove to high heat and add 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine or clear rice vinegar. Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, and ¾ cup of sweet rice wine or mirin. Boil for about 30 minutes until chicken broth has reduced by about ¼ of its original volume. Stir constantly to prevent scorching and burning.
Step7: Add the garlic slices, pour the chicken pieces from step 5, and add the chicken wings from step 4. Simmer for another 5 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened. Add white mushrooms from step 4 and simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and garnish with green onions and chilies.
Step8: Serve hot in a large serving bowl. Enjoy!
Yat Chinese Food Review
You’ll find a very authentic Cantonese dining experience at Yat, and we invite you to try it. We are just minutes from our location on Central Avenue from the best shops, shopping, and numerous great eateries in Phoenix’s historic Chinatown neighborhood.
Great 6 Health Benefits of Yat Chinese Food
1. low in Cholesterol and Sodium Yat Chinese Food is low cholesterol and low-sodium meal. It also doesn’t contain gluten and unnecessary trans fats. We make all our food in small, family-sized batches to reduce the risk of cross-contamination with other ingredients.
2. Low Calorie but Still Filling Yat Chinese Food is rich in protein and other nutrients that fill you up while keeping calories low per serving.
3. Free of Trans-Fats and Trans-Saturated Fats Our food is made with real ingredients, containing no trans or saturated fats.
4. Fiber Rich Yat Chinese Food is high in fiber and low in fat. Fiber helps to keep you fuller for longer, which keeps your appetite under control and prevents overeating.
5. Low in Sugar Yat Chinese Food contains only natural sweeteners (sweet rice wine or mirin) that have been fermented from rice without artificial preservatives or refined sugars added in mass production.
6. Low Glycemic Index refers to how quickly your blood sugar levels increase after eating a certain meal. Yat Chinese Food is low in glycemic index, a good sign that it is high in natural fiber content and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels.
What are the ingredients of Yat Chinese Food?
As you can see from our recipe page above, the ingredients used to make this dish are fresh and basic, without any artificial preservatives or chemicals used during production.
The main ingredients are chicken, Chinese rice wine or clear rice vinegar, peanut oil, soy sauce, and sweet rice wine or mirin.
What is Yat Chinese Food’s Location?
Yat Chinese Food is located in the heart of Phoenix’s Historic Chinatown District on the west side of Central Avenue and north of 5th Street.
Our location is just minutes away from Downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, and numerous hotels and resorts. If you’ve been to Pheonix before and you’re looking for a place to get a quick bite, look no further than Yat Chinese Food.
What is the Special Ingredient in Yat Chinese Food?
The special ingredient in our recipe is rice wine or mirin. Mirin is a sweet rice wine used for centuries as a flavoring agent in Japanese cooking. Japanese cuisine is used to quickly simmer dishes like beef stew, clam soup, or lobster.
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