Where is the best Wonton Soup in NOVA/DC???
It's time for a survey question again. Where's the best Wonton Soup in the NOVA/DC area?? We very much like two non-Chinese versions served at Crystal Thai and Nam Viet. Full Kee serves a good one too.
What is your recommendation??
Mark's Duck House consistently has good authentic Cantonese wonton soup in all its varieties (with egg noodles, rice noodles, roast meats, etc.). the Wontons are meaty with good sized shrimps, the broth clear and tasty with just a hint of the dried fish in the soup stock. I just had one over the weekend and it's as good as ever.
Mark's is probably the best in this area and most authentic. The good thing about getting wonton soup at Mark's is, as I always do, order a 1/2 duck to go with it. Full Kee is okay, but they overseason their version with MSG and pepper.
I continue to like the Full Kee (H Street) version, although it's true that on occasion the pepper/MSG rations are ratcheted up a bit too high.
The "master" dumpling maker who once worked at Full Kee later could be found at Saigon Palace, 6208 E. Leesburg Pike, which has since changed its name to Hong Kong Palace. Haven't been in about a year, so I don't know if he's still there. But if he is, that's probably your best bet.
Hong Kong Palace is just over the hill from me and I go there about once a month. Last couple of times I've been in there, there's been a whole new crew out front. I don't know if there were any changes in the kitchen. The food is still good but I wonder if there's a new owner and that changes are iminent.
I'm allergic to shrimp enough so that I try to avoid it in restaurants, and all the wontons at Full Kee (Bailey's X-Roads) have shrimp in them, so I stick to the roast port or duck soups. I've never tried one with wontons at HK Palace so I don't know if they're all shrimp or if some are pork. I'll have to remember to ask next time I'm there.
Basically, any Hong Kong or Cantonese style wonton is supposed to have shrimp in them. But if you go to a northern or Taiwanese restaurant like A&J, they don't usually put shrimps in theirs.
True, but in no way is a northern style or Taiwanese style wonton soup anywhere near as good as Cantonese style. I've had it at AJ, and the soup dominated the dumplings. Plus, it was not filling at all.
On a side note about shrimp, some restaurants add shrimp shells to the soup stock.