Comments like my very favorite Chinese Restaurant, effing delicious, some (of) the best Chinese food I have had in the US, one of the hundred best Chinese restaurants in America, and BEST CHINESE IN VEGAS (their caps, not ours) across multiple reviews convinced us to whet our noodle at Yun Nan Garden.
The restaurant was a mix of smaller tables and larger Asian family style with the spinning turntables in the center. The latter probably have an official name but this article isn't categorized under Just One Asian Dining Term. The restaurant was also full of Asian diners, usually a good sign of authenticity and food quality. Upon attempting to order, there was a bit of a language barrier, perhaps also a good sign as long as we weren't ordering cream of sum yung gi while actually asking for fried balls of chicken.
In search of noodles, most were apparently served in a broth. After feeling like stars of a Seinfeld episode by requesting no soup! or just the fact we were in a Chinese restaurant we agreed on Dan Dan Noodles ($5.95). Fantastic and authentic, just as the doctor ordered.
quite full content with just one dish (see what we did there?) we took a step back in the culinary order to request dumplings tossed with chili sauce (12 for $7.99). As you can gather from the picture above, this was one spicy bowl of dumplings. Not for the heat-adverse, this is just one daring dish (oops, we did it again) and not the usual dumpling fare that trends toward bland. For the record, both chopsticks and spoons were used in the dismantling of this dish. Judging by the quizzical "are you finished?" from the waitress, we might have been the first diners to not finish the broth leaving us to wonder if others drink the soup and live to tell about it.
According to the limited number of English words we could read on the take-out menu, Yun Nan Garden also has locations in Monterey Park and San Gabriel, California. The Vegas location is open seven days a week 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and can be reached at 702.869.8885.