FooYee Brings Chinese Cuisine Back to Sidney


After New China left town two years ago, Sidney residents no longer had a place to enjoy authentic Chinese food – until FooYee Chinese Restaurant opened in January.

FooYee offers an extensive menu featuring MSG-free beef, chicken, pork, vegetable, seafood, lo mein, egg fu yong, and rice dishes. The restaurant also provides carryout and catering, and possibly delivery once a delivery driver is available for hire. Two Chinese cooks moved from California to run the kitchen.

A lunch buffet is provided daily (except Sundays) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Prices for patrons 11 and older are $9.25; children 5-10 are $6.95 and 2-4 are $4.95. The lunch buffet offers consistent items that patrons enjoy, such as orange chicken and fried rice.

Owner Samantha Li and her husband, Michael, moved from Hong Kong to Glendive 10 years ago to start a business. When the owner of New China left Sidney for Las Vegas, the Li's jumped at the chance to bring Chinese food back to town.

Michael Li lives in Sidney and operates the business while his wife, the official owner, still resides in Glendive with their young son. She owns and operates Li's Chinese Restaurant in Glendive.

"It is hard to be away from my little boy," Michael said, "but I hope I can keep serving Chinese food in Sidney."

Foo yee is a preserved bean curd sauce traditionally found on Chinese vegetable dishes, but Michael said it also means "happy."

FooYee is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To place a carryout order, call 433-7900 or dine in at 120 South Central Ave.


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