Yang’s, a 6,000-unit, one-dish chicken chain from China, opens first U.S. outlet in Tustin – Orange County Register

Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice, a fast-food chain from China that serves just one dish, opened its first U.S. restaurant in Tustin.

Local VIPs and Chinese media outlets were among the first to taste the clay pot specialty chicken dish known by millions of fans all over China. Chef Xiaolu Yang founded the first Yang’s in 2011 in the Shandong province of China, known for its Confucian heritage.

Yang, whose family ran several restaurants in the 1930s, inherited his grandmother’s secret sauce recipe used for the regional dish known as “huang men chicken.” The dish, cooked in a clay pot, is 1 pound of chicken thigh meat marinated in the secret sauce, which includes ginger, Shiitake mushrooms and Serrano chilies.

Through a translator, Yang, dressed in white chef’s coat, said he hopes American diners will embrace the umami flavors of the traditional Northern Chinese dish. “It…

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