CHICAGO (CBS) — The next time you wonder what’s for dinner, how about a trip to Chinatown?
At one time, only Cantonese food options were offered. But now there is food from wider traditions, including the inventive Joy Yee Shabu Shabu.READ MORE: 3-Year-Old Shot In Calumet Heights
Bill Humecke of Wheaton and his family frequent the restaurant — with its quaint interior and cool under-the-floor aquarium. In fact, it’s their favorite spot.
“Being from the suburbs, mostly it’s a lot of fast-food restaurants,” he tells CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan. “So, coming to the city, you have Greek Town, you have Chinatown, you have a whole plethora of different cultures that you can expose the kids to without having to leave the country.”
Shabu shabu is their favorite dish. Joy Yee’s Peter Au describes it as “an Asian form of fondue.” It’s also a do-it-yourself kind of fare. Diners place meat and vegetables in steaming broth.
It’s a 40-minute drive in for the Humecke family — well worth the time and energy for such a great experience.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Last Weekend Of Summer May Be Among Nicest
“It’s nice that people are becoming more expansive with their palettes these days,” Bill Humecke says.
Joy Yee Shabu Shabu is owned by the same people who own the original Joy Yee, a longtime Chinatown favorite.
Submit Your Favorites!
Tell us about your favorite places in the Chicago area. We could pick you and your idea to be on TV. Tune in every Thursday at 10pm to see ideas from viewers just like you! It’s Your Chicago!
Submit your favorite place at: chicago.cbslocal.comMORE NEWS: AMBER Alert Issued In Indiana For 7-Year-Old Christopher Green Jr. Of Gary, Who Is Believed To Be In Extreme Danger
Check out picks from previous weeks: