Another birthday at work and the birthday girl chose Lum Yuen for her birthday lunch. I was thrilled with this choice. This was my family's go-to Chinese restaurant when I was a kid and I hadn't been in years. I have vivid memories of my mom eating way too much hot mustard and then rapidly fanning her mouth in attempts to cool it down. And then repeating the same thing. We had made reservations, but by no means were they necessary. We were seated immediately and received hot tea and other beverages very quickly.
Lum Yuen's lunch menu is very affordable (less than $6.00 for combination plates) although they do not make substitutions. It's actually cheaper to eat at Lum Yuen then it is to eat at Panda Express. We all ordered off of the combination menu, with most of us ordering the sweet and sour chicken, the pork chow mein and the pork fried rice. The food arrived very quickly and was nice and hot. The rice was wonderful, dry, not greasy at all, full of flavor. The chow main was loaded with bean sprouts and veggies and the sweet and sour chicken was quite tender.
I will definitely be heading back to Lum Yuen. I need to try their hot and sour soup, a personal favorite. It's nice to rediscover an old favorite and with their prices and their efficiency, they make a great lunch choice. And, just so you know, their lunch menu is not included on either their website or their take out menu.
3190 Portland Rd NE
Salem, OR 97303