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Pepper Steak Lunch Combo from Joy Yee

Item Purchased: Pepper Steak Lunch Combo from Joy Yee
Location Purchased: Joy Yee’s Noodles / 1335 S. Halsted St. / Chicago, IL
Price: $ 6.50 + tax

Review: Maybe it was the Pepper Chicken that my girlfriend bought me last Sunday from Ken Kee last weekend. Maybe it is my general love of black bean sauce. Maybe it was simply because it is what I now dub “Joy Yee Thursday.” Whatever the reason, I buckled and purchased my second “pepper” dish in one week.

Though not as large as the servings you receive in Chinatown, the Halsted location of Joy Yee never fails to deliver a substantial quantity of food. One half of the large plastic tub comes filled with sticky white rice while the other half is a dark soupy delight filled with large chunks of green and red pepper, onion, roasted tomato and strips of tender steak. The tomatoes are some of the best I’ve had in a Chinese dish with just enough subtle sweetness in them. The steak strips could have been cooked a bit longer to bring out their flavor and reduce the rubbery texture, but this didn’t stop me from finsihing the entire entree.

All of Joy Yee’s lunch combos come with a cup of Miso soup, which varies in flavor every time I try it. This time, it tasted too much like chicken broth and salt for me to finish it. Luckily the Pepper Steak was there to make up for it.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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