Another article detailing the unique story of how Chef Ying and his family came to Rexburg is detailed here in this Deseret News piece.
Commercial 1st Place, July 4th 2012
For the 2012 July 4th Parade, friends, family and staff from Ying Yang restaurant gathered to participate once again in the City of Rexburg July 4th Parade. This year they were awarded the Commercial First Place for their fun and festive float.
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Ying Ng stands in the dining room of Ying Yang Oriental Kitchen
By Nate Sunderland
REXBURG -- Ying Yang Oriental Kitchen celebrated its second anniversary Thursday.
Owner Ying Ng, a British-Chinese immigrant, commemorated the event with friends and members of the Rexburg business community.
It's a point of pride for Ng that his restaurant has done well during difficult financial times.
"Many restaurateurs said I was crazy that I was going to a new country without a team ... and during financial difficulties," Ng said.
Ng owned a couple of successful restaurants in western England, as well as a specialty catering supply service for restaurants that his son still operates.
He opted to bring his cuisine to Rexburg at the insistence of his daughter, a former Brigham Young University-Idaho student.
"Every time we came to visit she would nag me ... (to start a restaurant in Rexburg) because she was disappointed when she went out to eat," Ng said.
Ng, who is trained in many culinary disciplines, joked during his celebration that the reason he opened an oriental restaurant in America first was because his wife, Kim Ng, said his racial heritage would make it look more authentic.
"She said you'd better start with a Chinese restaurant first because you look more Chinese and they'll believe you," Ng said.
The British chef attributes his success during the last two years to training a good team in the kitchen and on the dining floor.
Ng also credits the high quality of his food.
"It's the way we do food," he said. "Most restaurants buy ready-made food in packages, but we don't like (preservative) chemicals in our food. It's not good for you."
The vast majority of ingredients used by Ng are fresh and natural. All 74 items on his menu, and in his daily lunch and dinner buffet, are made from scratch.
Even his myriad sauces and marinades are made from fresh chicken stock, created in the kitchen each morning.
Ng believes not preparing and serving food in a traditional and healthy way does food and his customers a grave disservice.
"We cook Chinese food in the traditional way, that's more authentic and real," Ng said. "Culinary art is when you eat and feel satisfied and comfortable -- not bloated."
His customers seem to agree.
BYU-Idaho professor Matt Moore has been going to Ying Yang once a week for the past year.
"It's delicious," Moore said. "It's got a lot of vegetables; it's homemade and not prepackaged."
Moore also appreciates how Ng always comes out and talks to his guests and, occasionally, brings them new culinary dishes to try.
"(The food) tastes better and it's healthier," Moore said.
Ng hopes to expand his business outside of Rexburg. He always is seeking better ways to serve his customers.
"We are always striving for a higher standard in food quality and service," he said.
Nate Sunderland can be reached at 542-6763.
Below are some pictures of our award winning float from July 4th, 2011!
Ying Yang will have an exciting dragon float for the Rexburg July 4th Parade. Enjoy!
That's right! For only $6.99 (lunch) or $9.99 (dinner), unlimited Ying Yang Chinese food is yours! Please visit us for more details :)
Orange Chicken? Fortune Cookies? General Tso?
Say these words to a China-man and they'll likely be very confused. Chinese food in the Western world, we all know, is very different to Chinese food in China. Watch this fantastic TED clip to learn all about the history and evolution of Chinese food in the West!
Happy Chinese New Year from all the staff at Ying Yang Oriental Kitchen!
This year (2011) is Year of the Rabbit; a special year for all those turning 12, 24, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, and if we're going higher than that, then everyday is worth celebrating for sure!
Chinese New Year starts on Thursday February 3rd this year. If you wish to come and celebrate by eating in our restaurant on Thursday, you will receive free appetizers on the house as our New Year gift to you; please ask the host or waitresses for details on this offer.