Review Preview: Joy Luck Buffet

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Jennifer Silverberg
This week, inspired by a couple of reader comments on this review, I ventured to Joy Luck Buffet to try the "authentic menu." Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of what I found.

Have you ever eaten a Szechuan peppercorn? If you need to think before answering the question, then you almost certainly haven't. Eating a Szechuan peppercorn -- which is not an actual peppercorn but the dried husk of a tiny fruit -- is as singular an experience as having sex or driving in St. Louis after a snowstorm. There are no analogies. Yes, you might describe the aroma as floral and the flavor as lemony, but that is beside the point. It is the sensation that overwhelms you, a numbing tingle that spreads gradually but unavoidably across your lips and tongue. This effect is bracing enough by itself, but when you use Szechuan peppercorns as a seasoning, they elevate already pungent and fiery dishes to a point of exquisite intensity.
Visit the RFT restaurant page late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to read the entire review.

Location Info

Joy Luck Buffet

8030 Manchester Road, Brentwood, MO

Category: Restaurant

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