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Yummy House

Yummy House

Superior lunch includes secret ingredient

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

YUMMYHOUSUEsf2016 It was a good day for a lunch advneture I was thinking to myself looking forward to meeting GLOB Content Editor Lynn Dirk, Sweetberries Eatery and Frozen Custard owner  Jane Osmond and her hiusband Mark Olson.

Emblazoned on the Yummy House website's home page is a statement that defines my Yummy House experience: "Our Continued Focus on Quality"



From the time the friendly maitre'd seated us and until our leftovers were in a box, I was feeling like a very special customer. Starting with several dim sum carts circulating the dining area, from which customers may immediately select numerous appetizers to begin eating rather than waiting on food from the menu, this Asian restaurant has lunch figured out GLOBers.

Of course being Yummy House first timers, we didn't have that 'quick lunch' process figured out until after we ordered. But that's OK because the YH menu was an incredible cornucopia of choices including a YH 'secret ingredient' that contributes to making this lunch stop special.



Literally meaning "to touch your heart," dim sum consists of a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes, and other goodies. They are similar to hors d'oeuvres, the hot and cold delicacies served at French restaurants.  It was fun to watch Jane and Mark perusing the dim sum carts that circled our table and tryinb to decide what their Chinese hors d'oeuvre lunch would consist of.



Lynn ordered a fried tofu appetizer (image at top) that included the Yummy House Signature Salt and Pepper Mix. This condiment has been named a 'Top Appetizer in Tampa Bay' and includes green onions, cilantro, roasted garlic, and minced chili. There are seven Salt and Pepper appetizers available, but i'm thinking that soice mix will go on anything I order in the future. I'm telling you, little Grasshopper, this mix of YUMMY-ness stole all the applause and made everything else taste just a little bet better and more delicious.  The tofu was crispy on th outside and actually fluffy on the inside as opposed to the usual curd-type texture.  But it was all to hold the spice mix, which Lynn discovered had a lot of tiny roasted pieces of garlic that she though was the real secret by giving a bit of crunchiness, and yes, according to one of the servers, the garlic is roasted by the restaurant.  At the same time, the freshness of the green onions and cilantro kept it light.  However you try to describe it, everyone at our table agreed it was magic.



Lynn and I ordered variations of fried rice. I selected the BBQ Pork Fried Rice that included diced BBQ pork, egg, green onions and cilantro with jasmine rice for a reasonable $8. Lynn ordered the Vegetable Fried Rice with mixed seasoned vegetables, eggs, green onion and cilantro with jasmine rice. Lynn is picky about her rice and she was very pleased with the texture.  Also, the fried rice was not greasy. There is a Yummy Housae menu at the restaurant link at bottom.



With these servings, even the dim sum, all being big enough to share, the Gainesvile Lunch Out Blog table as usual became a tasting universe as all four lunch outers shared our meals. We hungrily and happily feasted on pork and Shrimp Steamed Buns, BBQ Pork Puffs, and a very good, beautifully fried-to-perfection something or other -- maybe it was the Chinese Style Fried Cruller. whatever it was, it was the 2nd best thing.  When Lynn and I got the gumption to order a dim sum dish, we probably picked the least successful one -- baby short ribs that were too chewy.



The fried rice was very good with the added YH Salt and Pepper Mix. Dim sum was a fun adventure in Asian tastes, textures, and flavors. Next time I will print up the dim sum menu from the website and take it with me because there wasn't one provided at the restaurant -- then I will be more prepared to continue the adventure.

The Pluses and Minuses of Yummy House

Yummy House + indicators : YH Salt and Pepper Mix, Dim Sum selections.

Yummy House - indicators:  Lunch time is busy, parking is horrendous

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Yummy House.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!



Yummy House, XO Sauce true to billing

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

Sometimes I am overcome with such cravings that regardless of the dinner I planned to cook for myself, I cannot shake off this desire. Recently, I had an overwhelming hankering for Chinese food that I knew my homemade stir fry would not satisfy. My roommate, Alyssa, seemed to coincidentally have the same craving. Either that or I am very persuasive when I get hangry — yes hangry — and I thought that it merited an occasion to try a new place, specifically a place that had great ratings that I have been wanting to try.

True to form, Yummy House, close to the corner of Tower Rd. and Newberry Rd., resembled many other Chinese food establishments upon first glance: small, very long menu, the works. However, the dining area was definitely a few steps up from your typical greasy Chinese take-out joint, and that was refreshing. Now to deciding what we wanted to eat...



After weeks of hearing about shrimp cravings from Alyssa, ordering something involving shrimp was an absolute certainty. I couldn't help but glance at the appetizers and, lo and behold, there was a dish to satisfy her craving and lend to our love of spicy food: The Wasabi Shrimp, image at top of this feature. The cooked shrimp was sautéed in a surprisingly light wasabi sauce, which actually turned out to be the perfect amount of sweet and spicy, as anyone who has tried wasabi before knows that just a smidge too much can clear out your sinuses immediately.


YH1pepperAlyssa decided on the Spicy Hunan Beef, which was your typical Chinese fare of mixed vegetables and plenty of beef. It was evident, though, that the quality of the meat was very good, as there weren't any chewy or stringier pieces amidst the heaping amounts of sauce, protein and veggies. However, Alyssa and I both noticed that the "spicy" dish wasn't exactly spicy at all, and it was actually quite mild for such a title. While tasty and high quality, it was not exactly unique.

YHfriedRice"Our signature fried rice dishes are the best in town." Now that is a claim I've heard before: best of this and best of that. This was one claim that was made a reality for my dining experience. I do not steer toward the fried rice side of the Chinese menus typically, as I find that fried rice tends to be quite dry or fake tasting at many take-out Chinese establishments. However, the Seafood Fried Rice with Spicy XO sauce was too intriguing not to order. It turned out to be the best fried rice I have ever had, a flavor so captivating I kept finding myself battling my chopsticks for more.

YHxosauce"XO Sauce is one of the most expensive sauces in Hong Kong Cuisine" was another intriguing claim I could not ignore. Made with dried scallops, shrimp, ham and chili with five different spices, the XO Sauce was not as overpowering as I thought it might be. In fact, it gave the fried rice just a brush of spiciness that carried throughout the dish. Alyssa noted, and I agreed, that with each bite of the fried rice dish a new flavor popped, from the freshly cooked shrimp, scallops and calamari to the bite of the green onions and savory egg.

I also agreed with Alyssa that we could have just ordered the fried rice dish with the wasabi shrimp appetizer and been fully satisfied. Now we just have heaping amounts of leftovers, minus the Wasabi Shrimp which we finished immediately, which is not a bad thing unless Yummy House is only appetizing upon serving and not reheated. I shall find out tomorrow!

The Pluses and Minuses of Yummy House

Yummy House + indicators : Extensive menu, something for everyone, high quality food, not your typical fast Chinese dining, large portions

Yummy House - indicators: Can get a tad pricey (can probably share one meal with another person, though)

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Yummy House.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

Last modified onThursday, 25 October 2018 04:16

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 352 333-7688
  • Address: 3102 SW 34th St,
  • Urban GLOB Location: 34th Street
  • Latitude: 29.625046
  • Longitude: -82.373096


  • Celeste Rubanick
    Celeste Rubanick Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:27 Comment Link

    I used to go to Yummy House in Tampa so I was thrilled (but worried about the quality) when YH opened in Gainesville. Nothing to worry about! This is till the absolutely best, most authentic Chinese food for many miles and has quickly become my favorite restaurant in Gville.

  • Georganne
    Georganne Tuesday, 09 September 2014 13:21 Comment Link

    Love Yummy House (except for the parking).Georganne

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