After glowing report from several sources, we visitted this place today. It is located in a small shopping complex accross the beach overlooking San Mateo bridge. The place is medium sized probably fit 40 people max with very simple chinese decorations. The menu was all in chinese although they do have english menu somewhere. Good thing I brought my chowhound report with me.
First, the tea arrived in a big ceramic pot. Nice and hot.
The waitress who did not speak english too well, recommended an appetizer that looked like a flaky pastry with some type of pork filling. I detected some ginger in the pork filling. It had the consistency of a paste. It was allright, nothing more. I would not reorder these.
Next, Taiwanese chicken turned out to be boneless chicken pieces in a dark soy sauce with some basil. It was inside a claypot. Good with rice.
Knife cut chowmein: the thick white chowfun has nice resitance to the bite. It has sliced beef and carrots, all mixed with brown sauce(oyster sauce?) that was very tasty. Good execution here.
Mushu pork: round flour wrapper had thick doughy skin but very pliable, moist and tasty. The filling is julliened pork slivers sauteed in the dark soy sauce reminiscent of the above chicken dish. A bit of green onion slivers were also present. When rolled with the wrap, the whole thing is delicious.
Potsticker: sorry, this is still not to my liking. It is big about 5 inches long. The skin is medium thickness. The filling is pork with bits of vegetable (cabbage) and a hint of ginger. It comes with a dark sauce probably some soy, garlic and vinegar. Many said it's "perfect". Well, I had a perfect one in Indonesia two months ago. It had juicy filling, small bite size pieces. The closest one in USA is at RYOWA in Mountain View which is still not there yet.
Stinky tofu: this one is definitely stinky. Some dark soy sauce is added on top. The tofu is fried with the inside a bit mushy consistency. Not my favorite taste.
The bill came to around $50 with tax and tip included.
This place is quite good and has some potential IMO.
Here is the address:
Joy Restaurant. 1495 Beach Park Blvd , Foster City