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Letdown at Joy Luck Place, Cupertino

Melanie Wong | Apr 13, 200502:22 AM

I'd eaten here many times with my parents from when it first opened its doors and was last here during the dim sum civil war. Can't say the posts about the decline in dim sum quality at the original Joy Luck Place weren't fair warning. But I guess I didn't want to believe them and had to see for myself.

I picked up a couple items Monday for lunch on the drive south. For $7.36 I got one order of har gao and one order of hom sui gok, my two favorite things here. They came out fresh from the kitchen and I tasted them while they were still hot. The hom sui gok were paler in color than before and lacked the firmly crisp shell. The sweet rice flour shell was thicker and less airy, plus the filling was out of balance with too much salty preserved vegetable. The har gao were not much better, again way too salty and the wrappers were thicker and doughier than they've been in the past. Even though this was my first food of the day, I only ate one of each. They were decent, good even, but a big step down from the top quality provided here in the past and certainly not worth top dollar prices.

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