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Report: Joy Restaurant Chowdown

PekoePeony Jul 15, 2007 09:03 PM

Earlier tonight twelve 'hounds descended upon the Taiwanese favorite Joy Restaurant in Foster City. With help from previous posts and suggestions from other 'hounds, and copious cross-references to Robert Yu's secret menu posting (which now seems to be down), honu and I (the organizers) ordered:

- Zhong Hua Road Potstickers
- Gold Thread Roll (fried)
- Tangerine Peel Crispy Freshwater Eel

- Salty sincere delicacy [yan du xian]

- Red striped whole duck
- Clay pot lion's head
- Nitrate pork (steamed pork hock) [da shao ti]
- Chicken with basil (3-cup chicken)
- Wu xi spare ribs
- Green beans with minced meat
- XO sauce hand-cut noodles with seafood chow mein
- Crispy bean sea bass
- On choy

- Shaved ice with red beans, ai-yu jelly, and grass jelly

I took a few photos and posted them at:


I'll wait for others to post before giving my review. Total including tax and tip was $17/person.

Joy Restaurant
1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

  1. h
    honu Jul 16, 2007 07:57 AM

    Thanks for the pics PekoePeony! Your pictures definitely loooked better than mine. It was wonderful meeting 'hounds and we survived the warm temperature in the restaurant.

    The pot stickers, always a favorite of mine, were nice and crispy on the bottom. Someone suggested that it was because of cornstarch?

    I especially liked the Clay pot lion's head, meat was tender and the the dipping sauce complimented the meat wonderfully.

    Everything I tried I would definitely order again - I was secretly glad that we didn't order the stinky tofu!

    1 Reply
    1. re: honu
      yimster Jul 16, 2007 08:53 PM

      The stinky tofu will add a soul to a meal, fried for the frist time and steamed when you get more used to it.

    2. s
      shocker Jul 16, 2007 03:35 PM

      you're quick on the uptake there, alice. someone else told me i was to start the thread as i was the supremely tardy diner that evening.

      of the dishes that were not finished by the time i arrived, the duck was a personal favorite. not solely because it was delicious, but also because i'd yet to have braised duck in a chinese restaurant, be it taiwanese or otherwise.

      and thanks (again) to you and annette for organizing.

      1. K K Jul 17, 2007 07:16 AM

        Secret menu translation is alive and kicking here


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        1. re: K K
          VirgoBlue Jul 18, 2007 10:55 AM

          Paydirt! I'm so excited to find this translation!!! Thanks for passing it along, KK. (And God bless Robert for making my day with his efforts.)

        2. s
          snewdl Jul 18, 2007 09:22 AM

          Thanks for posting the photos and descriptions! It looks like you did quite a bit of research...I'll try to incorporate the info into my Secret Menu translation.


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          1. re: snewdl
            VirgoBlue Jul 18, 2007 11:05 AM

            RY, you're my hero. I've been going to Joy for a while, but could only get an "authentic" meal when my family comes with. Now, I no longer feel like I'm in the dark.

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