Restaurateur returns to business

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Mrs. Moy (right) and employee Haiyan Zhen (left) sit together at Jade Palace. (Laker photo by Katie Morford)

New owners, familiar face now running Jade Palace

A well-known and sorely-missed pillar of the restaurant community in the Mound area is now back, to the delight of many.

With the purchase of Jade Palace, Mrs. Fi Moy will again be serving up her signature chow mein and other dishes to members of the community.

She came to the Mound area and opened the House of Moy in 1972-1973. For 36 years, the restaurant was an area staple until it closed in 2008 when the building was torn down for the realignment of Shoreline Drive.

“I retired at that time,” Moy said.

Even though she had retired, she still kept preparing and sharing her food, cooking for fundraisers at the Gillespie Center and teaching community education classes.

“I don’t really want to sit at home,” Moy said. “I needed to keep moving.”
Many community members mourned the closing of the House of Moy, she added. When she cooked at the Gillespie Center, many said they missed the chow mein, fried rice and other House of Moy offerings.

“So many people came in and said they missed it,” she said.

Her desire to keep cooking prompted Moy to start working at Jade Palace in Mound. After a few months of working there, she bought Jade Palace along with her cousin, Paul Yu. She and Yu have owned Jade Palace since January.

As word of the new ownership has spread in the community, many have told Moy how excited they are that she’s back.

“For many years, they’ve eaten the chow mein, and they come in and they’re so happy,” she said.

She said she has seen a lot of seniors come in who remember the House of Moy.

“I’m so happy to see all the people here,” Moy added.

Moy’s connections to the area are strong. She said that several current business owners in the area worked for her at her restaurant when they were in high school.

Community members are telling their friends and relatives that she’s back.

“Even if they’ve moved out of town…I see a few come a long way, just to see me,” she said. “That’s good.”

Moy noted that the town has changed a lot since she first came to the area.

“Everything is new,” she said.

Regardless of the new infrastructure, the friendly community of the Mound area remains.

“This is a really, really good town,” she said. “People know each other.

Everyone’s so happy that I’ve come back.”

In addition to Moy’s extensive history of cooking Chinese food, her cousin and partner Yu also brings considerable cooking chops.

Yu worked for China Pagoda in Chaska and at restaurants at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

“He was over there many years, then he worked in a few Chinese restaurants,” she said. “He has a lot of experience.”

Mrs. Moy doesn’t want to change Jade Palace’s menu up right now, but she noted that she would consider adding some specials in the future.

While she is back cooking in the area, her son, Kin Moy, who some might remember from when he worked at House of Moy, is now quite a distance away from the Lake Minnetonka Area.

Kin Moy, a MWHS graduate, is now the Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with the U.S. Department of State.

“A lot of people remember him,” Moy said.

While long-time residents coming in to Jade Palace won’t see Kin Moy, they will still get to enjoy Mrs. Moy’s signature chow mein and a variety of other dishes.

Jade Palace is located at 2212 Commerce Blvd. in Mound. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, open 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Tuesdays.

Contact Katie Morford at [email protected]