Huan Yuan 2160 E. Newbury Rd. Newbury Park, CA (805) 499-9588

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Huan Yuan advertises itself as the oldest established Chinese restaurant in Newbury Park and the Noshers set out on a Saturday evening to check it out. Arriving around 7 pm, there was only one other table of patrons in the restaurant. We selected a large round table and started our epicurean adventure. The waiter brought tea immediately and excellent won ton chips.

Our standard order always includes Wor Won Ton Soup, and the soup at Huan Yuan was quite large and tasty. Next to arrive was the General Tso Chicken. The dish was good, but not prepared as we had expected, being on the sweet side and very similar to the shrimp dish that was the next to arrive. The Spicy Honey Shrimp was originally listed as a scallops dish, but they graciously made it with shrimp for us. This was a lovely blend of contrasting tastes and textures-the spicy and the sweet, the crunchy and the not. We also ordered the Szechuan Beef, which was a very tasty dish, a nice combination of beef, sauce, and veggies.

The standout of the evening was the Pork Chow Fun. This delightful mixture included barbequed pork, noodles, bean sprouts, snow peas, garlic, and ginger. This was the dish that so invigorated our taste buds, there were seconds and maybe some thirds all around.  This was A+ territory.

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Wrapping up the meal, the waiter brought us fortune cookies and a nice surprise of orange jello portions in plastic shot glass containers. The jello was just the right flavor to put a nice exclamation point on the meal. The service was attentive, with plentiful refills of water and prompt whisking away of empty dishes. There were also cloth napkins on the table-always a plus! The check was reasonable, $66 including the tip. Overall grade B+.

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