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Dine and Dish: Jimy Wen’s Chinese Restaurant

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Jimy Wen’s light is fun and delicious.

He bakes family favorites in his northeast Fresno kitchen.

Jimmy opened his first restaurant in 1995.

“A friend came to my family to eat with us and said you should open a restaurant. That’s how it started,” he says.

It’s a family affair.

Jimmy’s daughter Hannah helps prepare the dishes.

His wife Karen makes the wontons and cooks in the kitchen.

When the wontons float, they are ready to serve in a fully loaded bowl.

On the plate – there’s bok choy, there’s broccoli, there’s pork, there’s shrimp, and of course, the wontons.

The best-selling dish here is Jimy’s Lightly Floured Orange Chicken.

“It’s become famous among all the little kids here. Even the college in town, Fresno State, they say it’s the best orange chicken in town,” says Jimy.

And there’s a reason Jimmy calls his place an Asian restaurant.

“Because I’m from Taiwan. Karen is from Malaysia, so we mix Thai food, Malaysian food,” she explains.

It draws from different cultures, but guests love the end result.

“It’s the best Chinese food in the valley and I love Chinese food,” says customer Greg Jennings.

The sizzling dish is a showpiece because of the sound and smell.

Jimmy moved his restaurant from Madera to Fresno in 2008. Many customers still make the drive here from Madera.

Jimy’s passion for cooking is obvious and he loves to hear when customers love what he has to offer.

“Oh, it makes me happy all day, because they’ll say to Karen – ‘Tell the chef this is the best dish I’ve ever had,'” she says.

Jimy calls it healthy cooking because he uses lots of fresh vegetables—and never frozen.

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