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“Best Chinese food in Ukiah”
Review of Jyun Kang

Jyun Kang
Ranked #13 of 99 Restaurants in Ukiah
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

This restaurant is so good, they have a large vegetarian menu, most dishes are available in small, large options. Everything is super fresh and light with just the right amount of seasonings.

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Reviewed 2 January 2013

The restaurant at the City of 10,000 Buddhas is nice and kind of funky. The vegan food is nicely prepared and usually tasty. Some things are a little too salty or spicy. The restaurant itself is left over from the building's days as a state mental hospital ( which closed in 1971) and looks it. If you go on a cool winter day dress warmly! The grounds of the former Ukiah State Hospital are not well maintained but more interesting that way, kind of like a ghost town. Ignore the notice to sign in and just boogie on in, the monks and nuns don't seem to care. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 28 December 2012

The small restaurant behind the temple has excellent food; and large protions. For a lunch, a vehicle may drive slowly and turn on the first left road toward the 'Jyun Kang' restuarant
EVERYBODY must SIGN IN at the first building on your right to WALK THE GROUNDS;
park in the lot and go into the first large building to do so.
The Temple is huge; and there are Ten Thousand Buddhas on the walls inside the temple. Four beautiful and very large Kuan Yin statues, carved from wood, are in the temple, Numerous small kneeling stands are in the temple. and the very large and grand alter is just awesome.
Beautiful grounds here Peacocks abound and there is a fish pond that is quaint. They have a large black alter in the front of the temple, and visitors may go up the steps to light incence and stick it in the clean white sand and say your prayer.
Beautiful people are here, very good FENG SHUI is here, and excellent - CHI - abounds here.

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Reviewed 28 November 2012

We went with family from Ukiah and ordered about 10 different dishes which were all placed on a lazy susan to be served family style. They have a very extensive menu, so it was a great way to sample mild to spicy, soups to salads, appetizers to entrees, noodles to veggies. All with top quality ingredients much of which they grow themselves. Everything we tried had a nice fresh taste, not at all greasy like too many Oriental restaurants. The home-made grape juice was awesome as well and is also sold by the bottle to take with you. Interesting location, it is actually on the grounds of "City of Ten Thousand Buddahs" which is like a city within a city - residential, temple, and schools including Adult Education programs open to the public. The Vegetarian cooking class sounded great. Note they are only open for lunch and do not take credit cards.

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Thank retiredvm
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

This restaurant is located in Talmage, a small center just east of Ukiah, which used to be one of California's larger mental hospital compounds before they were all shut down by Ronald Reagan, and the nuts simply turned loose on the streets of Berkeley. The building housing the Jyun Kang restaurant looks like the old doctors' cafeteria; nearby is the old gymnasium, now the "Hall of 10,000 Buddhas" (though I didn't actually count them I wouldn't be surprised to find it was literally true) just down the road from the laundry. The compound is now called the "City of 10,000 Buddhas," and frankly it was rather creepy to walk through to get to the restaurant, which had been recommended to us by a trusted friend. The place reminds you of that bleak town in "The Last Picture Show," only the avenues have been re-named, things "Street of Transcendent Virtue" or "Righteousness Boulevard": there was almost no one around, and wanted only the occasional tumbleweed blowing down the road to complete the post-nuclear atmosphere. I was told, later, that the monks and other inhabitants are forbidden from mingling with "outsiders". My guess was that they'd all visited Ukiah once, and felt that was enough.

The restaurant, by contrast to the grounds, was crowded and we were lucky to get a table. Take note, you e-types: this is a CASH ONLY establishment! The decor was very basic, in fact just a few travel calendars in Chinese. One of the fluorescent overhead lights even buzzed, just like in my old school cafeteria. The first time we went there the tables were the original long institutional ones, and one ended up sitting next to strangers, which was not such a bad experience. Now those are gone, replaced by the usual tables-for-four, which is kind of too bad.

The original menu, which unfortunately has also been cleaned up a bit since our first visit, was simply wonderful. The food is not just vegetarian, or even strict vegetarian, but strict Buddhist Vegan vegetarian, and gratefully the menu was written by somebody with a tenuous command of English which helped mitigate the righteousness. And really, who among the inquisitive diners of the world can resist trying a "Fried round ball in Healthy Sauce"? Or an "Excellent Stirring with Sauce"? Or even "Ginger Balls"? Not me, for one -- and all of them were utterly delicious. Whatever they were.

More familiar Chinese dishes like spring rolls, basil & eggplant, and sweet & sour whatever also appear. Portions are not immense, but quite satisfying. The veggies and herbs were fresh and flavorful, the fried items cooked just right and not heavy or greasy -- in fact everything was very well prepared, reasonably priced, and we left feeling full and contented and quite pleased with the whole experience. It was still a bit creepy walking back to the car, which we'd mistakenly parked far off by the gate, but we'll just park closer to the restaurant next time.

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5  Thank MojoLad
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