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Desperately seeking delicious Wonton Soup - eat-in or takeout

Flynn1 Dec 21, 2006 08:03 PM

Have had a craving for a fragrant and satisfying wonton soup. Lately, I've had bad luck and the broth at various restaurants has tasted either too salty, like dishwater, or too much MSG. The wontons have also disappointed - especially the tough 'mystery pork' filling.

It shouldn't be that hard to find this classic soup in Manhattan. All suggestions are appreciated but I'd prefer to hear about real neighborhood places and not just Chinatown favorites.

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    centrejack RE: Flynn1 Dec 21, 2006 08:14 PM

    I had a great one today at Gourmet Szechuan (or is it Szechuan gourmet? - I can never remember) it is on39th between 5th and 6th. The broth is porky without being too salty, and it had some fresh scallions in it. Even when I was in China, the pork always seems like "mystery pork" at least here it was a little pink - not just a grey lump.

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      bobby06877 RE: centrejack Dec 22, 2006 07:30 PM

      Szechuan Gourmet. I agree that they have good wonton soup. I go there when I am not feeling well, especially when I get a cold. The soup and entrees clear my sinuses right up.

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      randumbposter RE: Flynn1 Dec 21, 2006 08:36 PM

      some people will probably blast me for this

      but I like the egg drop wonton soup from Wo Hop. The wontons of course are standard take out wontons, thick skinned and full of mystery meat. I find it to be quite tasty, despite Wo Hop being in Chinatown surrounded by more authentic Cantonese fare.

      I think the tea den in mid town serves a decent wonton soup. The broth was more vegetable tasting. The wonton's were your typical take out fare though.

      1. shirlotta RE: Flynn1 Dec 21, 2006 11:18 PM

        i really like the shrimp wonton soup at sweet 'n' tart - with lots of white pepper. surprisingly close to how my grandma used to make it. the wontons have a nice thin skin, and the filling is tender pork with shrimp and watercress. it comes in a tasty broth filled with egg noodles. i haven't had it there in a while, hopefully it's still as good as i remember. these are taiwanese style wontons.

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          Pan RE: shirlotta Dec 22, 2006 05:38 AM

          Sweet 'n Tart's two Manhattan locations closed a few months ago.

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          Pan RE: Flynn1 Dec 22, 2006 05:38 AM

          I like the shrimp wonton soup at Great NY Noodletown.

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            twiggles RE: Pan Dec 22, 2006 03:02 PM

            i second the shrimp wonton soup at Noodletown. I also like the vegetable duplings in soup, but i'm not sure if that is what you are looking for.

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              Polecat RE: Pan Dec 23, 2006 12:09 AM

              Never had the shrimp wonton soup, but if it's as good as their pork wonton version - which is one of the best deals in town - then it's a winner.

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                kenito799 RE: Polecat Jan 19, 2007 06:38 PM

                I think there is pork in the shrimp wontons. yummm

            2. CTownFeedR RE: Flynn1 Dec 22, 2006 01:17 PM

              Haven't had them in a while, but I used to love the small, thin skinned pork wontons at Big Wong on Mott street.

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                raz1 RE: Flynn1 Dec 23, 2006 12:54 AM

                I just had great shrimp wonton today at Fuschia on 56th and Lex

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                  Flynn1 RE: raz1 Jan 19, 2007 06:37 PM

                  Hi raz1 - thanks for your tip about the shrimp wonton soup at Fuschia. I had a pint takeout container today and was very impressed by how good it was. The price was $4.50 plus tax and worth it.

                  The broth was fragrant with a subtle coriander flavor and also contained delicous slivers of sliced shiitaki mushrooms which I didn't expect.

                  What I really enjoyed were the four shrimp wontons. I assumed the shrimp would be 'pressed' like that found in certain dim sum dishes. These wontons contained decent-sized whole shrimp and were tender throughout.

                  Next time Im going to try their big bowl of soup of Shrimp Wonton Broth Noodles ($9.50) which contains thin noodles, baby bok choy, shiitake and enoki mushrooms plus, of course, the shrimp wontons.

                  Thanks again to you and others for your tips.

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                  djwackfriz RE: Flynn1 Jan 19, 2007 07:07 PM

                  I'm a fan of all soups at Hing Won on 48th b/w 5th and 6th... cheap, big and good. A little crazy inside, especially ordering, but worth it.

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                    Sweatshirt Guy RE: Flynn1 Jan 20, 2007 10:42 PM

                    Sammy's on 5th Ave/11th Street makes a great Wonton Soup. It is a cut above most. Flovourful and loaded with wontons, roast pork and greens.

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                      poorstudent RE: Flynn1 Jan 21, 2007 12:40 AM

                      You're not going to get the real stuff outside of chinatown. New Wonton garden hands down the closest you can get to real homey shrimp wontons.

                      New Wonton garden: 56 Mott Street, 212-966-4886

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                        pinkylechat RE: poorstudent Jun 20, 2007 11:04 AM

                        I second New Wonton garden, if that's the place on Mott between Canal & Bayard or Pell, opposite Big Wong. Their beef tripe stew is good too.

                      2. cho231 RE: Flynn1 Jun 19, 2007 09:55 PM

                        Hm, Big Wong is where my family usually go. I haven't had good wonton outside in Hong Kong for a while... sigh makes me wanna go back home there and get some.

                        But yeah, Big Wong on Mott!

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                          sherrii RE: Flynn1 Jan 6, 2008 06:07 PM

                          I also like the thin skinned wonton soup with shrimp and watercress fillings, very tasty. That is kind of wonton soup I grew up with. Sweet and Tart used to have them, now they are closed, I don't know who else has it in Chinatown. Union Square Park area, Vanessa's Dumpling has wonton soup with shrimp and watercress. Sweet and Tart also has it in Flushing Queens.

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                            foodluvngal RE: Flynn1 Jan 7, 2008 03:38 AM

                            If you're looking for delicious wonton soup alternative, try the Mandoo Soup at Mandoo House on 32nd between 5th and 6th. I know, I know, it's not the same thing and it's Korean, as opposed to Chinese, but for a flavorful dumping laced soup, it's really delicious. Believe me, I have nothing against a good traditional won ton soup, but I just thought I'd mention it.

                            1. NYChristopher RE: Flynn1 Jan 7, 2008 10:44 AM

                              I rather like Home on 8th in the north of Chelsea, just south of Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. I can't say whether or not it's authentic, I just like it.

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                                Shasty RE: Flynn1 Jun 24, 2010 04:57 AM

                                New Wonton Garden works for me. These wontons are nothing at all like typical chinese take out. They are meaty, thin skinned little bundles or awesomeness!
                                Add in some broth from the eternal broth pot you see simmering in the 2x4 kitchen and a few noodles and your mission will be complete

                                New Wonton Garden
                                56 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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