New Yen Ching

Carrying on the legacy with a new look and the same great taste
What region in China is the food at New Yen Ching from?

My grandfather originated from the north Eastern Region of China, but the food we prepare is from the North Region. It is a Peking, Szechuan and Hunan Cuisine.

What are the family ties to the restaurant?

I started working at New Yen Ching when I was 16 years old for my uncle Jack. He has five brothers and all of them are in the family restaurant business with five restaurants spread throughout Lodi and Stockton.

Congratulations on the Remodel! Tell us more.

The restaurant finished under-going a remodel which started July 30 and completed on August 12. Be sure to stop by and check out the new store front as well as the interior update! We are excited for the new looks!

Noodles! Tell us about this homemade goodness.

Yes, we specialize in hand drawn noodles. The noodles are hand-pulled from dough.  It is an art that my grandfather learned in China and has passed it along to all of my uncles. I am currently in the process of learning from my uncles. It is a skill that takes years of practice to perfect.

Do you have a favorite dish?

My favorite dishes are Dry Fried Chicken Wings and House Beef.

The first thing you see when walking into the restaurant is the mural on the wall. Can you tell us more about its history?

The mural on the wall is the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival. It is a panoramic painting and we have just a portion of it here in the restaurant. The artist is Zhang Zeduan. This mural is known as ‘China’s Mona Lisa’.

What do you like to do for fun?

Right now, I am pouring my heart into learning the entire restaurant business from the front door to the kitchen. I’m in the restaurant seven days a week so that doesn’t leave much time for hobbies, although I am enjoying it.


Micheal’s dad imported all the decór and art, including the mural from Taiwan in the early 1980’s. Being authentic goes well beyond the food at this third generation restaurant.


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