The May Jen Restaurant Facts
47 Kenmore Ave, Amherst / (716) 832-5162
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm; Sun 4pm-9:30pm
Price: $$ Cuisine: Chinese
May Jen Chinese Restaurant is owned and operated by Mr. & Mrs. Leong. It’s been around forever in restaurant time (since early 80s) and for good reason. The food is focused on fresh ingredients and house made sauces. The menu runs several pages and while I’ve only sampled a small portion I’m confident the quality and consistency will show throughout. On top of great quality they offer robust portions and reasonable rates – a pretty good formula for bringing folks back again and again.
They also do off site catering and take out. Noted for their Ginger Garlic Chicken.
May Jen might not be the latest cutting edge Ramen or Vietnamese cuisine, but they have been ahead of the curve with fresh ingredients and house made basics for years. The food is delicately flavorful without relying on overpowering seasoning or heat to generate interest. Throw in a nice portion of family and friendly and I just can’t see how one could go wrong eating here. They also have coupons on their website. Cha – ching! I’d say May Jen rivals any Chinese restaurant we have in WNY.
As mentioned above, the food menu is extensive. In addition to the 7 page diner menu, they have a 1 page Gourmet menu (and lunch menu). Maybe 30+ years have brought them loads of suggestions from favored customers, or not. Either way there is something for anyone.
The beer and wine lists were much more pedestrian, but we were able to find something satisfying. I went with a Sam Adams bottle, they also offer your usual big box American beers. My companions went with a glass of Columbia Crest Cab.
The decor is very American, something out of Aunt Betty’s repertoire with two-tone cream walls, a tight, dark carpet, standard tables and chairs. The place is clean, clearly displaying the owners’ pride in their establishment. This is a restaurant first and a take-out place second. They sit roughly 50 people.
We stopped on a busy Monday evening. Based on the hustle our server was putting in I’m certain the crowd was unanticipated, but they did a good job getting food out in a timely fashion.
We ordered :
Veggie Dumplings– $6.99
These were pan seared in pasta wrap I’d guess was house made. Even with just veggies inside these were great. They come with a nice house sauce that was far superior than most places.
Pork Eggroll – $1.75
Crispy on the outside, yummy on the in. Just like it should be. They have a fine hot mustard to go with it.
Scallioon Pancake– $5.25 “Oriental fragrant, garden fresh green onions in a traditional style pancake.”
I liked this but it was similar in flavor and sauce to the dumpling which I preferred.
House Lo-mein – $10.99 Chicken, pork, shrimp and veggie with soft egg noodle.
I thought this simple dish was the winner of the night. Noodles are light and the dish just seems perfectly balanced. Can’t wait to dig into the leftovers.
House Yanchow Fried Rice- $10.79
Not over saturated with sesame sauce this is on the lighter side. Enjoyable by itself.
General T’sou Stir Fry Chicken – $17.25 Stir fried pepper, onion and broccoli with tangy and spicy breast of chicken dish.
Plenty to like about this dish with fresh veggies and chicken. I loved the slightly sweet sauce. This version has only a minor hint of hot but plenty of flavor from the peppers.
Some dishes we didn’t get to try, but are likely to return for:
Authentic Cantonese Style Egg Foo Young (Pan Seared, Not Fried) $11.50 Healthy egg omelet with choice of shrimp, chicken, pork or veggie
Dragon and Phoenix $21.95 Two separate dishes in one! Jumbo shrimp in Szechuan chile sauce balanced with ginger garlic chicken
Stuffed Pressed Duck $ 20.95 The famous Chinese pressed duck stuffed with pork, Chinese mushroom and water chestnut, sautéed in oyster flavored sauce with snow pea and Chinese vegetables Braised 1/2
Boneless Duck with Fresh Vegetables $22.95 Marinated 1/2 boneless duck stir-fried with fresh vegetables. A May Jen Chef special for the duck lover.
Ginger Garlic Chicken (SIGNATURE DISH!) $15.99 White meat chicken in a House special spicy and tangy ginger garlic sauce.
What is Healthy Options Buffalo?
May Jen Restaurant is a member of the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Buffalo program. The Healthy Options program was designed to help our community make informed decisions about healthy eating, and as a result, help address the high rates of stroke and heart disease prevalent in Western New York. Through this program, the Foundation works with area restaurants to offer heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat cholesterol, and sodium. To learn more about the Healthy Options program and to check out more great participating Healthy Options restaurants visit healthyoptionsbuffalo.com.
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