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Oct 5, 2006 02:59 AM

Minneapolis -- are there any crab rangoons in this town?

There seems to be an invisible line (maybe the Mississippi?) that separates crab rangoon country from fried wonton country.

Crab rangoons are not about the crab -- they're about the deliciously crispy wrapper and felicitous cream cheese-to-crunchy ratio. Fried wontons are competently fried cream cheese at best, but are typically just soggy bags of crap. (No offense intended to the many excellent Vietnamese and Thai places in Minneapolis -- this is a very specific complaint.)

Can anyone tell me where to get classic crab rangoons around here?

Or, for that matter, decent Chinese food?

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  1. Actually, Fried Wantons are filled with meat, generally pork.

    What you're referring to are cream cheese wontons.

    There are plenty of great Chinese restaurants out there, do a search, and you'll find plenty of discussion on them. (Most recently, the Dim Sum Chowdown at Jun Bo.)

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    1. re: Danny

      God bless you Danny, for making that distinction! Fried wontons (a "wanton" is a woman of ill-repute :)) are indeed filled with pork. Until I came to MN, I had never heard of cheese in any kind of Chinese food. And although even the best Chinese restaurants in MN have these cream cheese wontons, they are hardly the mark of great (or "decent") Chinese food.
      But to answe jmortons questions in brief:

      Tea House (order from authentic menu for great Chinese food, the regular menu for the cream cheese wontons)
      88 Nathan Lane, Plymouth 763-544-3422

      Mandarin Kitchen (esp. for seafood) 8766 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington 952-884-5356

      Hong Kong Noodle (not great in my opinion, but very good) 901 Washington Ave SE, Mpls, 612-379-9472

      And the aforementioned Jun Bo, 7717 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, 612-866-6888.

      And FishMpls: all the ducks could be gray unless specified, that is why Goose makes more sense.

    2. Yes, here they are called Cream Cheee Puffs, or Wontons. Also note that mint chocolate chip is here called peppermint bon bon. And it's duck duck gray duck, which makes much more sense than duck duck goose. I love these beautiful regional linguistic differences.

      1. There is a difference between Crab Rangoon and Cream Cheese Wontons, though both are made with cream cheese. The only place in the cities where I have had crab rangoon is at David Fong's in Bloomington. It's totally a retro (though authentically, not ironically) Chinese place, but good for a stiff drink, some fried apps, chow mein, etc. I can't compare their crab to any other place, but I've had them there often. dahlsk

        1. does Red Dragon in Uptown have crab rangoon?
          I found this article from the Macalester Weekly that mentions New Asia as having crab rangoon. What is crab rangoon anyway?

          1. Alice,

            This is what Wikipedia has to say (and extra points for putting in "super-delicious"):Crab rangoon are super delicious deep-fried dumplings served in American Chinese restaurants, stuffed with a combination of cream cheese and imitation crab meat. They are made from Chinese wontons and deep fried.

            Although served in typical Chinese restaurants, crab rangoon isn't considered authentic Chinese cuisine. Although the history of crab rangoon is misty, cream cheese was barely used in China. Crab rangoon is similar to another American Chinese dish, the Fortune cookie, that is falsely associated with authentic Chinese dishes.

            Crab rangoon is rumored to have been introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Since then, it has become a major hit in most Asian cuisine restaurants.

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            1. re: Dragon

              Some seafood-specific Chinese places on the east coast use real crab. That's what makes them really yummy. And I've seen them only in the traditional "ruby-jade-pagoda-dragon-palace" style restos, not the nouvelle Chinese.