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Joy Yee- Evanston-long

dougk | Nov 14, 200210:36 AM

So last night the wife got home late, it was report card pickup day- always stressful- so we decided to go up to Evanston to grab some dinner. Hadn't been to either Joy Yee's yet, so we decided to give it a go. We started with a couple of thier frozen drinks, I had the Avacado Freeze and the wife had the mango/lechee (sp?) freeze. The avacado was as good as anything I've had on Argyle, creamy and thick without too much sugar, the mango was nearly taste free, very disappointing. For apps we had the Vietnamese spring rolls, very good, I guess I was a little surprised at that but they were very fresh, well wrapped and the rice paper wrapper was't dry on the edges like pre-prepared ones. The dipping sauce was pretty generic, but the nice mixture of shrimp, pork, rice noodles with mint and basil was tasty. We also had the Korean hot fried dumplings, not very Korean, not at all hot, just shu mai wrappers stuffed with a pork/shrimp mixture and deep fried, served with a sauce that was most likely just the sauce in a bottle labled "chicken chili sauce" at Dai Nam. For the entrees she had the Vietnamese beef bowl, a bowl of rice noodles, lettuce and beef garnished with a small fried spring roll, peanuts and fried onions, I've had the same thing under several names all along Argyle. Hers was good, the beef was beautifully done and tender, it was a generous portion, but the nuoc cham that came with it just didn't do it for me, not nearly enough fish sauce. Of course I could drink fish sauce out of the bottle... I had the Korean oysters and tofu, again not very Korean, just stir fried tofu with fresh oysters and a sauce consisting of Chinese chili/garlic sauce with soy and maybe a little stock. Labeled as hot on the menu, like the dumplings it was not hot at all. I expect to have a good sweat and a runny nose when I finish a spicy Korean dish, it just wasn't there for me. All in all, the Vietnamese dishes there were decent, if not great, versions, but the Korean just doesn't measure up. To their credit, the food was all fresh and the ingredients good, I just wish it wasn't all made to bland american tastes.

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