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Hot Joy’s Here to Stay

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I then donned my Andrew Zimmern hat and turned my attention to the black curry–because how often does one get to nosh on pork blood and Burmese curry paste? The dish might look swampy, but it’s also fragrant and delicate, with the long beans providing a nice crunch alongside the soft pork belly.

The sweet tooth-afflicted can find solace in the dessert offerings crafted by pastry chef Kat Sees. The coconut tapioca pudding with citrus-y calamansi curd is light, but my money’s on the black sesame ice cream with a heavenly griddled banana cake (I could take down a loaf if left to my own devices), smoked chocolate and crushed pretzels.

Alas, with more square footage comes pesky problems and while most of my visits to Hot Joy were met with great service, my last server was part Houdini. I get it, the restaurant is busy—and has been since opening its doors—but I shouldn’t have to wait 20 minutes to keep ordering more food and drink. And believe me, I would keep ordering, because this shit is delicious.

Hot Joy

1014 S Alamo
(210) 368-9324
Skinny Hot Joy makes a permanent home inside the former China Latina, with a slew of old and new favorites, a bold new look and Asian cuisine that spans from China to India and then some.
Best Bets Kotteri dashi ramen, Szechuan beef chili, tiger salad, hot fried chicken
Hours 11am-3pm, 5pm-2am Mon; 11am-3pm, 5pm-2am Thu-Sun
Prices $5.99-$11.99 small plates; $9.99-$14.99 fried rice, large plates, noodles; $5.99-$8.99 desserts

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