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Pan-asian food and bubble tea in Chinatown
Joy Yee's is a very popular destination and has several locations now in the Chicagoland area. They have an extensive pan-asian menu with colorful photographs. They also have a decent selections of veg-friendly options or things that can be made veg, just ask.
Many of their locations have lines just for the bubbles teas, most of which are vegan.
on Jun 19 07
(last updated Jul 22 11)
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I have mixed feelings about Joy Yee.
For one, our food came out super fast--like under five minutes fast. For me that's not actually a good thing, because it means the food probably was microwave or reheated.
I had the tofu and mushrooms, which definitely supported that theory. The tofu was chewy and pretty awful and the mushrooms were undercooked.
However, I ordered the fresh seaweed salad as an appetizer, and it was probably the best I've ever had. If I come back, it'll be for that alone.
I love the new location of Joy Yee's Noodles. The seating area is much larger and the overall appearance of the restaurant is greatly improved. The bubble tea is the main reason to go to Joy Yee's (over 100 flavors, many of which can be made vegan, made from fresh fruit instead of those gross powder mixes).
Unfortunately, there still aren't many interesting vegan meal options. I ended up ordering the Japanese Tofu and some sort of spicy string bean dish, which were both pretty good. The thing to keep in mind is that the string beans are considered an entree (as are many of the vegetable dishes), so I ended up getting a huge bowl filled with nothing but flavored string beans for $8. For this reason, I think that Joy Yee's is probably best enjoyed if you go with a group of friends and share all of the dishes.
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In the mall area north of Cermak. Accessible via the Chinatown stop of the red line.
Not Wheelchair Accessible
$$ - average
- Eclectic (Fusion)