The Yin Yin restaurant has been in downtown Livermore for over 60 years and the Holm family has been dining there for all of those years. Our cousin Lori relocated to Texas several years ago and when she comes back to Livermore, the Yin Yin is one of her first stops. Usually several of us meet her there for dinner and the staff has become very familiar with us. The last time Lori called to make reservations, when she mentioned the number of people that would be in her party, the person that answered the phone asked, “Is this Lori?” We order the preset dinners for one or more people at the Yin Yin and we get one additional dish for each person up to 10 people. The price of the “special” dinner that we order is $7.95 per person and the amount of food we get is unbelievable. There is also the “deluxe” dinner that is $9.95 per person.
The dinner starts out with the choice of hot & sour or egg flower soup and ends with fortune cookies. When we were there the Monday after Easter this year, here’s what we were served between the soup and the fortune cookies:
Sweet & Sour Pork
Pork Fried Rice
Honey Walnut Prawns
Kung Pao Chicken
Chef Special Beef
Believe it or not, there was one additional dish, Sauteed Happy Family, that we substituted for extra Honey Walnut Prawns.
The Yin Yin offers a lunch special that ranges from $4.95 to $5.50 and includes soup, fruit, the choice of a fried wonton, egg roll or pot sticker, fried rice, chowmein, and an entree. My favorite entree is the string bean chicken.