Sunday, October 9, 2011

Good Chicago Eats

One of my favorite things about traveling is tasting my way through the city I am visiting, and in Chicago there are definitely lots of good eats! My sister and her family loves this restaurant called Joy Yee Noodle. It's a Pan Asian restaurant that serves up Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai dishes. Their menu is pretty detailed and amazing!  There are literally hundreds of choices.  Here is their page on Bubble Tea and Shaved Ice Drinks.  Oh my, I was in heaven.  If you've never had Bubble Tea or Shaved Ice Drinks before, it's a Chinese / Taiwanese tea based drink that usually has a combination of some type of syrup or fruit and tapioca or grass jelly balls known as "pearls" found at the bottom of the drink.  I'm not a fan of tapioca so I usually go for the shaved ice Bubble Tea drinks which are kinda like an Asian slushie topped with real fruit. I love how they had pictures of every Bubble Tea drink on the menu, since the ingredients can be pretty elaborate, it helps to visualize what the drinks look like.  It really helps with choosing the flavor!
I ended up choosing Watermelon / Lychee Bing, which is a shaved ice drink with sweet red cherry syrup, condensed milk, and watermelon and lychee fruit.  I grew up drinking this shaved ice concoction as a kid and it's still one of my favorites.  So refreshing!
Not to be outdone, the entree menu also had these amazing photos!  The menu is so elaborate and there is so much deliciousness to choose from.  I get overwhelmed when I see a menu like this because I want to taste everything on it.  I love that they had pictures of everything on the menu!  If only every restaurant could do that!
I couldn't decide between a few dishes.  So I went with the combination of Pho soup and a Bánh mì Vietnamese Brisket Sandwich.  If you haven't had Pho soup before, if you ever see it on the menu, get it.  It is wonderful goodness.  Pho is a rice noodle and the soup I ordered had a beef broth and sliced beef, and it traditionally comes with bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, scallions and basil.  All the fresh herbs makes this soup really tasty.  The Bánh mì sandwich traditionally is on a crusty French loaf bread and has meat with julienned pickled daikon radish, pickled carrots, pickled cucumbers, cilantro and mint.  These sandwiches are addictively good.
My brother-in-law ordered a Korean sliced beef dish in a hot pot.  If I didn't go for the Pho / Sandwich combo, I would have ordered this.  Korean style beef is delicious.  These are thinly sliced beef with a teriyaki style marinade.  Accompanied with rice and kimchi.  YUM.  If you are ever in Chicago, look for Joy Yee Noodle, you will not be sorry!


  1. You had me at the drink. But the food looks delicious as well!!

  2. I love all asian foods. We have a delicious Vietnamese restaurant where I have had the bubble tea...very interesting! The Pho soup is something I will try maybe have peaked my interest!!! Love Vietnamese spring rolls too! That menu there looks fun!!!

  3. I wouldn't be able to choose. Wow, looks like a fun place to try.

  4. I love Joy Yee Noodle and the Bubble Teas are to die for.


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