Chicago >Food & Dining > Joy Yee's Noodle Shop
2141-A S China Pl, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061641.854065 -87.634029
Neighborhoods: Armour Square (Chinatown), Armour Square, South Side
Delicious pan Asian menu, but we all know you just come here for their amazing bubble tea.
I love the drinks and food – I went to Joy Yee's this past weekend and really enjoyed it. It's a reasonable price and comes with a good variety. When you go here you have to try out the drinks. I had the avocado one and it was quite tasty.
I say come here and enjoy a drink and some noodles!
good for trying a new dish – Food: portion is large and the price seems reasonable. They do Chinese food alright but their Japanese and Korean "fusion" food is below the average.
Drink: OMG try their mango freeze. Actually, you will like every boba tea they make. Cheap, fresh, and SWEET!
It's a really deal!!
Service: They are fast and the hall is clean but they only speak in Chinese to you which is weird. Even if you say things in English, they will keep responding in Chinese back to you as long as you have black/brown hair. No offense, I'm just stating a fact.
bring you college friends who are visiting Chicago for the first time and have them feel the cool China town we got here in Chicago (I personally think Chicago Chi Town is the best in the country! so much lively and energetic!)
but DO NOT bring your girl friend!
You have arrived in Food Heaven! – Even the fanciest restaurants in town just can’t beat the presentation, taste and appeal of the food at Joy Yee’s Noodles. Everything looked so good, I've seen folks take pictures before they devour the tasty meal! For Appetizers, try their Crab Rangoon, Shrimp in a Blanket, or their Lemon Grass Chicken Wings. For the Entree, I love their Fried Red Snapper in Tamarind Sauce, Korean BBQ Ribs, Chicken Shrimp Rice in a Pineapple Boat, or their Soft shell crab over rice in a Korean stone bowl. And while you are there, try their amazing selection of fresh fruit drinks. Their food is a visual and gastronomic delight - take your camera along!
Poor service – We are regular customer of Yoy Yee's Chinatown Square restaurant. Today I went there again with my daughter to order some carryout drinks at around 3:30 pm but unfortunately we left without buying anything. It was because the woman in charge of ordering yelled at my daughter for ordering too slow. The woman’s English was really Chinglish and it took a while for my daughter to understand that she said there was no more mango. Yoy Yee's food is very good and price is reasonably but good service is also important. I do not whether I will go back again.
Good Chinese – I've gone to this place once and I'd go back to try it again. I really like how they have such a wide selection with the menu of stuff to chose from, though, me being as indescive as I am, I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to eat. I got the Teriyaki Steak, which surprised me when it came out because it wasn't a Teriyaki sauce with it, but rather the flavor was steamed into the meat. Also, it came baked in a cute little wooden box with the meat, vegetables, and steamed rice inside. The steak did have some fat on it which was kind of hard to cut through with the fork, but besides that was good. I liked sampling other people's food and the fried rice with chicken was really good to sample, with big chicken in it. It was a bit cramped inside, but luckily it wasn't too crowded because it was close to being closed. The portions were also big, so, overall I'd go back to it.
Quick service, gigantic menu, clean – It's certainly a pleasant place to eat: the wait and bus staff are prompt and efficient; the lengthy menu allows you to satisfy an array of appetites, the well-lit interior and white colors give the eatery a sense of space and roominess. The presentation of the dishes is also usually quite nice. But I found the food to be alright, and would describe the dishes as based on southeast asian recipes and moderated according to local (Chicago/American) palates and ingredients. In so saying that the food was "alright," I do not mean that I expect the sorts of dishes that I grew up eating or return to enjoy when I am in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, or Hong Kong. But I felt like they could have been more careful with the spices, that the cooking style was a bit heavy-handed (sort of like a cafeteria style eatery), that they skimped on many ingredients in favor of cheaper ingredients, that the meats in the bun are fatty, that the seafood in the noodle soups and curries were not fresh, and that they did not have the sort of range of spiciness that I hoped for in a place that bills itself as inspired by southeast Asian cuisine. Having said all that, I applaud the place for showing off the diversity of the southeast and east Asian kitchen. It would be awfully nice, though, if they did so with more care in selecting the types, quantities, and combinations of ingredients.
this is where "bubble tea" started & the rolled steak & thread mushrooms are brilliant – been going here for years and yes the lines are long if you go at peak times--so Don't go at peak times unless you are willing to wait a long time. Best fruit blends with tapioca ANYWHERE in Chicago. The dishes are large and two dishes often will easily serve 4 people. The varied menu is exception--there are dozens of dishes. The waitstaff are alot of young fellas who think they are in a Johnnie To movie or Miyake movie, I swear. The food is very "Hong Kong" and some Vietnamese dishes too. Never had a bad meal here. I love going here on Chinese New Year right before the parade when it's chill time.
Good drinks, bad food & service – The drinks are good, but the food and service is bad. The place is small and cramped. Plus the price is fairly high for chinatown. Conclusion: Pretty much any of the places nearby will have better food than this place, but the drinks first rate.
Just too crowded! – Waiting for a table for 75 minutes on a Friday evening is not worth it. Drinks are fine, food is cold when it should be hot. Service staff is cranky and not helpful. Owner should consider moving to a larger space.
Authentic, delicious noodle dishes draw a faithful following to this Chinatown shop. – In Short
Big, colorful bowls of noodles give off so much steam that windows stay fogged up throughout winter. The Pan-Asian menu spans the Orient, featuring noodles and rice dishes from Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and, of course, China. Starters include pork buns, spring rolls and chicken satay; entrees favorites range from Thai pad woon sen (glass noodles with chicken, shrimp, veggies, and egg) to Vietnamese blue crab udon noodle soup and Hong Kong-style chow fun.
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