March 17, 2008

California Soul: Joy Luck Place (Cupertino)

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is dedicated to Hua and Wangster.

Whenever I go home, I gotta get my dim sum fill. My mom thinks this is so bizarre, cause she knows I always go to dim sum in NY. But it’s just different in the Bay somehow- dare I say better? I don’t know what it is- but I will say that dim sum hasn’t gotten any better for me than since we went to Ocean Jewel in Queens. That was almost a year ago.

So there’s this little place in Cupertino called Joy Luck Place in this all-things-chinese mall where there’s a Ranch 99. There’s a serious cult following- you wait a minimum 30 minutes for a table. That’s minimum. And ridiculous. But worth the wait.

Here she comes…

All my must-haves:
Shiu mai-

Meatballs- kinda a new obsession I share with my dad. Hideko is not into this.

Shao lom pao (soup dumplings)-

Pan fried shrimp and chinese chive dumplings. YUM.

All time favorite- pork spareribs.

Shredded chicken chow mein with chives and bean sprouts, American style.
Pea shoots.

Gotta catch the dessert cart-

Hideko’s favorite- Rice cake filled with black sesame soupy deliciousness, powdered with this soy bean flour (kinako, in Japanese)

This place is Hua and Wangster’s SPOT. I personally might like Dynasty, in the late Vallco Mall more. But basically whichever you choose to go, you won’t be disappointed. I never thought I would be someone who would say this, but: they’re just so CLEAN!

Joy Luck Place
10911 N. Wolfe Road
Cupertino, CA
T: 408.255.6988


  • hua
    Posted March 17, 2008 at 10:14 am

    They also have this ill black, jelly-like dessert made from turtle shells.

  • SVB
    Posted March 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    I love Joy Luck Place, and I LOVE checking out which white folks married an Asian. There’s almost one at every table now. And then I like looking at their kids and seeing whether they’ll be a good looking mixed kid or not.

  • kayoko
    Posted March 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    sincere question: how come the white guy/asian girl combo is so prevalent, and not so much the white girl/asian guy combo? although my bro’s gf is white, as is Khoi’s wife. but it’s sorta a rarity, is it not?

    my fave Stuff White People Like entry:

  • kayoko
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Update: I just learned a new trick that you can call in advance to get your number before leaving the house. This is highly recommended, as the wait could get quite long.

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