Yokko for dinner

A Chinese-Cambodian-French friend of mine invited her German class and me for a Chinese dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year. 25 – 30 people. I’ve been living her a year and haven’t found a single good restaurant to meet my needs. (Expectations have since been brought down.) In fact, after one very disappointing experience last spring, I vowed never to try it again. Coincidentally, she had booked a reservation at this very place.

Should we cancel?
No, I said. We’ll try per-ordering some real Chinese food. They’re Chinese, I thought, they MUST know how to cook decent food.

Ordering an appetizer, entrée and a dessert individually is a typical Western way to have dinner. For Chinese banquets and even family dinners, the meal is traditionally made up of several dishes to be shared by everyone, a bowl of rice on the side.

I called them and asked in my broken Mandarin if we could do so. Of course, they said. And they invited me to come over to pick out the menu. We sat together over a pot of jasmine tea, and put together an 8 course meal, plus extra dessert and appetizers, for under €10 a head.

A vegetable soup
Pork & vegetable dumplings
Veggie spring rolls
Chicken with mu-er mushrooms
Chinese sweet & sour spare ribs
Ma-por Tofu
Ginger-garlic Chinese cabbage
A prepared whole fish
Fried and white rice
Fried banana & chestnut “tasche” for dessert

Chinese dinner in Graz

The owners are from Zhejiang, China – as most Chinese in Austria are from. Their cook: Chinese Malaysian. I definitely recommend booking group dinners there.

Yokko
“Singaporean & Japanese Restaurant”
11:30 – 15:00 & 17:30 – 23:30 Kein Ruhetag
Steinbergstrasse 14 (take the #7 tram to Wetzeldorf)
Telephone: 0316/58 53 28

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