I finally had the chance to make the solo journey down to Joy Restaurant in the middle of nowhere Foster City and was so glad I did. Not knowing the hours of operation, I got there at 10:15am, only to find out that the restaurant does not open until 11am. Good thing that the restaurant is next to a walking path along the water where I whiled away my time in the sunshine reading a book.
The restaurant is nice and clean and quite spacious. I was the first person in. Their menu is quite extensive, I grabbed a copy of it and will try to scan the menu pages when I get the chance. I don't have the menu with me so I'll have to add the actual menu names to the items I ordered when I get home. My server was super nice and helped me with some of the Chinese names of the dishes once I told him that I could speak but not read Mandarin.
I ordered enough food to feed an army it seemed, starting off with my much looked forward to stinky tofu (Joy offers stinky tofu in several variations, from the fried variety to a steamed version, and a steamed version in a clay pot, I opted for my tried and true fried version), fun tun (which consists of a fried Chinese doughnut, shredded pork jerky and dried daikon radish bits wrapped with sticky rice), oyster noodles, green onion pancakes and a spicy dish with pigs blood, tofu and intestines.
The restaurant did an excellent with its frying on this day. The green onion pancakes were excellent, nice and crisp, without any grease. The stinky tofu was to die for. The outside was fried crisp, the inside was nice and soft, and again, there was no hint of greasiness at all, the flavor was good, not overly strong. The pickles that accompanied the stinky tofu were just ok. The fun tun was good, although I would of preferred a bit of sugar in there to offset the savory aspects of the pork jerkey and the radish. The pork blood and intestine dish came in a small chafing dish bubbling hot. It was spicy and quite tasty, with the blood, intestines and tofu mixed in with green onion. It would have gone great with a bowl of rice. The oyster noodles came last. I got the impression it was made to order. There were a few large sized oysters and pieces of intestine. The noodles were quite mild in flavor, I had to spike it with a healthy dash of white pepper.
I was totally stuffed at the end of the meal, total including tip was $37, and I had a bunch of leftovers to take home.
A nearby table had special ordered an eight treasure stuffed duck, it looked quite good and was served with the man tou like bread sometimes served with Peking duck. They also had other interesting looking dishes brought to their table.
I am hoping that there will be a Chowdown there in the near future so I can sample more of their dishes.
1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404