Folsom Palace dishes up freshnessBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Since 2002, Folsom Palace Asian Cuisine & Bar has been serving area residents with the freshest of ingredients and flavors.
Owners Bill and Jenny Zheng dedicate their time to be present seven days a week in their business. You can taste the time and effort they put into their business to produce quality Chinese food in every bite.
Bill started cooking when he was an interested 14-year-old and, since, has loved every aspect of it.
“I have spent my lifetime in a kitchen, and I love it,” he said. “It’s my calling. I can prepare food in many different ways. I can use different ingredients to create delicious flavors.”
The Zhengs moved to Folsom in 2002 to make sure their children had the best education in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Originally from the Bay Area, they previously owned and operated three successful Chinese restaurants starting in 1993. After moving up north, they sold their restaurants to focus on their Folsom location.
“We want to prepare the food with quality, with the best ingredients, and we want our food to be healthy,” Bill said. “We have many high-quality items including sea bass, scallop, jumbo prawn, salmon and rib eye steak. The beef is very tender and delicious.”
Something unique about Folsom Palace is they have 150 items on their menu.
Some of the more popular items include Sichuan Kung Pao chicken, honey walnut prawns, Mongolian beef, General Tso’s chicken, orange chicken and happy family.
Bill said he will eat anything that has seafood in it. He said growing up by the coast instilled his love of seafood.
“I can tell you all of the ingredients in every dish. All the recipes are fresh with organic ingredients, designed by myself. If a customer doesn’t like something in the dish, I can modify it and accommodate them,” Bill said. “I like to include ingredients that most Chinese restaurants don’t such as yellow squash, snap peas, yellow bell pepper and more. You get so many beautiful colors, and it makes the food have more fresh flavors.”
Folsom Palace is not only a relaxing dining experience, but an enjoyable place to be. The Zhengs and their staff are more than friendly and welcoming. With all the assets they encompass with their restaurant, customers receive the ultimate dining experience.
“When customer’s come in, we immediately welcome them,” Jenny said. “They will notice how clean and relaxing the restaurant is, and when they get the food they order, they are always so happy because it tastes so good.”
Bill said they want to do the best they can. He said if a customer has feedback, good or bad, he wants to hear it so he can better his restaurant.
Folsom Palace is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The local Chinese restaurant is located at 1169 Riley Street. For more information, call 916-983-8880 or go to folsompalace.com.
Look for more on Folsom Palace in the January Edition of the Folsom Lake Entertainer.