Sunday, October 19, 2008

Joy Luck Place

A friend of ours swears by this place so we immediately said "Yes!" to his invitation to have dinner at the Joy Luck Place in Cupertino.

I've heard a theory that says that the best Chinese restaurants are the dingy, hole-in-the-wall places that are dirty and run-down inside. The Joy Luck Place definitely goes against this theory as it offers great food in a clean, well-lit, spacious and classy setting.

While waiting for our orders to arrive we enjoyed some appetizer peanuts, which were quite tasty:

I checked out their fish tanks and found some fine-looking specimens:

Soon our food arrived. We started off with braised scallop and vermicelli (thin rice noodles) soup. I greatly enjoyed its light, refreshing flavor:

Next came the sauteed snow pea shoots, which were fresh and crunchy:

We had some crispy and delicious fried shrimp:

Our meal reached a climax with the absolutely gorgeous Peking roast duck, whose perfectly glazed, crispy, thin golden brown skin was a joy to bite into:

The duck came with some very soft and sweet buns, with which we made little Peking duck sandwiches:

I can understand our friend's unreserved enthusiasm for this place. By the end of the meal we were converts too.

Amen ;-)

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Ching Ya said...

Gosh.. I love the friend shrimp! And also the Peking roast duck. Hopefully could taste that one day... Nice pictures.

AsianFoodFanatic said...

Thanks Ching Ya!

I'm glad you like the pictures. These pics were taken with a Nikon D80. I can't say enough good things about this camera. The only problem is that its size makes it a bit hard to carry around, especially in restaurants.