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Oct 22, 2008 03:27 PM

Joyce Jiaozi - Northern Chinese Specialties (Vancouver)

A nice little find. Joyce Jiaozi restaurant is run by a very nice family from the very Northernmost Chinese province of Heilongjiang. Heilongjaing shares borders with Russia and Korea (they actually have some Korean-styled dishes on the menu).

The menu is extensive (perhaps 130 items) and is full of Northern Chinese specialties. They list 18 types of dumplings ("jiaozi") and a number of unusual items - including a full menu section dedicated to Chinese Shredded Pancake (a noodle-like shredded flatbread).

I had the Seaweed appetizer, Fried Pork Dumplings, Chive Pockets, and the Shredded Pancake with Lamb. Very nice.

The preparations are rustic and freshly hand-made. Best of all - you don't have to go to Richmond or Burnaby to get good regional Chinese! Joyce Jiaozi is located very close to Joyce Skytrain Station at Joyce and Crowley).

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  1. I'll say it again. Your reviews are great and the food looks delicious as per usual. If you ever need an extra body (to order more samples) to eat some food and I'm in Vancouver, I'd be down at the drop of a hat. Your knowledge of various regions and the cuisine differences is just wonderful.

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    1. re: raidar

      Thanks raidar!

      I always need an extra body when I eat. Restaurant owners are often perplexed when I order enough for four when I am dining alone.

      I'm very lucky as a Chinese food aficionado to be living here in Vancouver. I love uncovering these little family run joints and am more than happy to spread the word.

      Edit: more photos here

      1. re: fmed

        "Restaurant owners are often perplexed when I order enough for four when I am dining alone."

        Damn, I think I just looked in the mirror. Deja vu, all over again! (With all due respect to the great Yogi). Maybe we need a hound worthy patent excuse.... well, you see I'm caring for my homebound parents and grandparents, and the kids next door hardly ever get a decent meal, so......

    2. Those dumplings are something I've never seen before. It looks great! Nice photos!

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      1. re: sleepycat

        You should start a fan club, fmed -- oh wait, you already have :-).

        I am all over the chive pockets, and the shredded 'cakes sound intriguing. On the list...

      2. Ooooh. Chive pockets!. Fmed, what was the filling made of? Chives and egg? Glass noodles? Tofu? All of the above?

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        1. re: im_hungry

          Mainly chives and egg. It is more rustic than usual.

        2. Thanks for the great review, fmed. (Sorry for the "late" reply; just now catching up on the Vancouver scene!)

          I'll be sure to recommend this to a friend who lives right in the area.

          ...And by the way, if you need a third body (along with raidar) "for ordering purposes", I'm in too if I'm in town. :)

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          1. re: homebaker

            Time for a Vancouver chowdown! I believe grayelf is in.

              1. re: fmed

                Nothing like delicious food to bring us together!!

            1. This place looks mighty tasty. Another great find fmed. As there is mention of a chowdown, I am so in for that.

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              1. re: peter.v

                Totally in. I've still never met another Chowhound in person (at least, no one has admitted to being one!) although that is going to change next week I hope as we have plans with an SF Bay Area Hound. I'd love to take part in a Chowdown at home though. How does one arrange such a thing??

                1. re: grayelf

                  Here's Chowhound's policy statement:

                  I notice that some regional boards have Yahoo groups or similar to facilitate this kind of communication.

                  1. re: fmed

                    Thanks, fmed -- I don't think I'd ever seen that before. I'm kind of a Luddite so I don't know what a Yahoo group is but I could "donate" my hotmail address, or set up a new one, if people are interested...