Chow mai fun is lighter than lo mein and is tossed with a subtle red pepper sauce and mixed with vegetables or a combination of meats: chicken, pork, beef or shrimp.
Singapore chow mai fun is one of owner Fanny Lin’s favorites. It features vegetables, shrimp, chicken, egg, and pork in a mild curry sauce.
Everything is fresh and made to order in an open kitchen where patrons can view the ingredients. Vegetable, roast pork, shrimp, and spring rolls are handmade daily, as are soups – including chicken noodle or chicken rice. There are fried or steamed dumplings and a variety of wontons to share.
Lin’s other favorites include the hot and sour soup and Mongolian beef. There are combination platters, such as pineapple chicken, which includes an eggroll and fried rice. There are lunch specials, fried shrimp and scallops, chicken wings, and even diet specials prepared with scallions, ginger and cooking wine.
Spices can be added and adjusted with any dish. Any dish can be altered somewhat depending on the palette or dietary need of the customers.
Chinese doughnuts are a sweet treat to complete meals.
How did Yummy Yummy II get its start?
Owner Lin was in China and then New York before moving to South Carolina to acquire the restaurant, with her husband, from a cousin. She changed the menu slightly and added special touches.
She is primarily the face customers see – or hear – when they order.
She knows the orders of regulars and will often anticipate ingredients, or make suggestions, based on preferences.
Lin has two daughters; one is an adult who has worked at the restaurant, and the other is 9 years old.
What does the place look like?
Casual with an order counter, open kitchen, and booths and tables to seat up to 50. A few decorative photographs and accessories call attention to Lin’s heritage and the style of the food.
Yummy II is located in a small shopping complex on Forest Drive in Forest Acres.
Who eats here?
Lin said 95 percent of customers are American, yet Asian nationals from a variety of countries also patronize the restaurant. Fort Jackson’s soldiers are frequent visitors. At least 50 percent of orders are take-out.
Yummy Yummy II
WHERE: 4600 Forest Drive, Unit 10, Columbia
WHEN: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday.
COST: Lunch specials are under $6; all other items under $10.
DETAILS: (803) 790-9979 or (803) 790-9225