My cousins and I made our yearly trip to Vegas to attend the 2010 SEMA show to see what's new and who's still alive and kicking in the Wheel and Tire Industry. Like 2009 the show was still suffering from the weak American Recovery and this was evident with the lack of new products in our industry. Without much to see at the Show we spent most of our time catching up with our clients and friends keeping ourselves updated on the latest gossips and news in our Industry.
Photos courtesy of Ken Chuang
On my first dinner in Vegas we ventured out of the strip for some Cantonese Food at Joyful Restaurant. Located around the China Town Area, the restaurant was relatively small and quiet but holds quite a few awards that even includes Zagat.
Double Boiled Chicken and Ginseng Soup
I was craving for their daily soup but they had this instead which cost USD $28 because of the Ginseng. The Ginseng was relatively mild in flavor which was a good thing since my nephew Brandon was also having it.
Kung Pao Chicken
Don't know why we even bothered ordering this dish. The sauce tasted like Ketchup mixed with HP Sauce and the chicken was dry. This rendition seemed like its meant for foreigners
Braised Seafood with Tofu
It was so-so. The Seafood was quite well cooked but the Tofu was a little rough. The Oyster-Based Sauce had the right amount of thickness coating the seafood and tofu quite well.
Apparently Roasted in their kitchen but I think it's actually fried. The Duck meat was tender and the skin was very crispy. The duck was a specialty of the restaurant and I must admit it was very good
Stir-Fry Dao Miu
Nothing special here. The Greens were crunchy and had a nice garlicky flavor
This is my first time having Cantonese Food in Vegas and the food at Joyful was at most average. The number of awards they received definitely makes me wonder what the overall quality of Cantonese Food is in Vegas. But one can argue if your in Vegas why bother with Chinese Food. There's so many European and American Restaurants that serve up Michelin Quality Food with the likes of Thomas Keller, Joel Robuchon, Mario Batali and many others.
Price: $$ (Approximately USD $25 per person)
Address: 4601 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102-8723, United States
Tel: +1 (702) 889-8881
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