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Wonton Soup, but not Wonton Soup

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kwinkel Oct 12, 2007 10:06 PM

I recently moved to the LA area and I am looking for Wonton Soup, but the soup that I'm looking for is not what it's suppose to be. Wonton Soup is suppose to have chicken, maybe pork pieces, shrimp, mushrooms, and other things in a chicken/seafood broth. I am looking for Wontons that are stuffed with chicken in a kind of salty chicken broth with some chopped up green onions. I know that it sounds very particular, but I really preffer the knock off soup to what it's suppose to be.

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    tgmm RE: kwinkel Oct 12, 2007 10:40 PM

    I love the soup at Cafe Chin Chin (i've only been to the Tustin location). I don't know if it's real wonton soup or not, but whenever I get a cold I have some of their soup and I get better immediately.

    http://www.cafechinchin.com/

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      slacker RE: kwinkel Oct 12, 2007 11:42 PM

      Not sure where you moved from, but what you describe as what wonton soup is supposed to be, is not the basic wonton soup, it's the woh (sp?) wonton, which means wontons with other additions (as you describe) in the soup, and the soup is chicken not seafood broth. What you are looking for, what you describe as the knockoff, is the basic real thing. Except that usually the wontons are made with pork and shrimp.
      I'm searching for some good wonton noodle soup, and for me it can only be Cantonese style.
      There used to be places I'd go to all the time for this, but they are gone, and I haven't been looking that hard for replacements. The one at Phoenix, both the restaurants (one in Alhambra, and one in Chinatown), and the Phoenix boutiques (various locations) are pretty good.

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        heinous RE: kwinkel Oct 13, 2007 02:38 AM

        Hey, Kwinkel! I don't know where you live in the LA area, but my favorite won ton soup is at A-1 Chinese BBQ in the Lomita area, near Torrance. Total hole in the wall, but very authentic and extremely tasty. I've been going there for almost 20 years. They actually make their own won tons, and their soup is a rich and unctuous chicken broth unlike the broths you get at other places. It sounds like what you want is actually a pretty purist won ton soup; I really hope you don't actually want a knock off. In any case, give A-1 a try - it's how it's supposed to be.

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        A-1 Chinese BBQ
        2014 Pacific Coast Hwy, Lomita, CA 90717

        1. Foodandwine RE: kwinkel Oct 13, 2007 07:27 AM

          Try Pauls Kitchen on San Pedro in Los Angeles. Their Wor Won Ton Soup sounds and Tastes very close to what you describe. I am pretty sure the Won Tons are pork based there.. But it does taste good to me..

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            monku RE: Foodandwine Oct 13, 2007 09:53 AM

            Agreed....their wor wonton is a meal in itself. The old school American-Cantonese style you're looking for. They put so much stuff in it there's hardly room for the soup. Then the crispy fried noodles that only American style Cantonese restaurants serve is the kicker.

            Make sure its at PK's in downtown.....Monterey Park location isn't nearly as good anymore.

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            Tay RE: kwinkel Oct 13, 2007 07:32 AM

            Sounds as though it would just be easier to fly to NYC and have it here. :-}
            All the little takeout places make the basic version you seek.

            1. Chandavkl RE: kwinkel Oct 13, 2007 08:08 AM

              Just to clarify--you're looking for chicken inside the wonton, right? This is nothing I've seen on the menu in the thousands of Chinese restaurants I've been to--the filling is always pork and/or shrimp. There are a few Westside and Valley restaurants that have chicken dumplings, either steamed or pan fried, but I've never run into chicken won ton anywhere except upon personal request.

              1. Debbie W RE: kwinkel Oct 13, 2007 02:48 PM

                Whenver we're sick we get delivery from California Wok in Encino. (They also have a branch on Wilshire just east of Bundy but I haven't had the soup from that one.) The wor wonton soup has wontons filled with chicken and I usually detect some ginger. The soup itself might not be as salty as you want. In the soup are a few shrimp, some white meat chicken, spinach and mushrooms. They might have a simpler version with less stuff, the reason I'm posting on it is because the wonton filling is definitely chicken. This restaurant doesn't even serve pork. I actually like this soup a lot and it's too bad we only get it when we're sick because now I associate it with being sick.

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                  nosh RE: Debbie W Oct 14, 2007 03:35 AM

                  The California Wok on Wilshire (a bit east of Bundy) definitely has pork on its menu -- I've had their shredded pork in garlic sauce and enjoyed it. I don't know how closely they are associated with the one in Encino; they used to be sister restaurants with the Chung King on Pico before the latter changed ownership and its name to Cheng Du.

                2. ipsedixit RE: kwinkel Oct 13, 2007 08:33 PM

                  I am pretty sure Yang Chow in Chinatown has what you are looking for.

                  Yang Chow is a true purveyor of "knock off" chinese food ...

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                    Jerome RE: kwinkel Oct 14, 2007 12:48 AM

                    more simply stated, it's not wonton soup. i am unaware of any wonton stuffed with chicken meat. Duck meat yes etc. also the wonton soup i know definitely has chicken, pork (chasiu pork) squid flowers, shrimp, perhaps scallops and fish as well as pork filled wonton.

                    chicken forcemeat ina wonton skin in a chicken broth? pf changs maybe? chin chin? panda express?

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                      nosh RE: kwinkel Oct 14, 2007 03:43 AM

                      I don't know how much this helps, but I'd think this would be very easy to make at home. Key ingredient would be the "wontons" -- Trader Joe's sells frozen bags of "Gyoza Potstickers" in pork, shrimp, and viola, chicken versions. Steam these or simmer them in your favorite chicken broth (flavored with some ginger for a Chinese influence), chop some scallions, you've got it.

                      1. Emme RE: kwinkel Oct 14, 2007 10:54 AM

                        Mao's Chinese Kitchen has chicken wontons.

                        http://www.maoskitchen.com/

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                          Emme RE: Emme Oct 15, 2007 06:23 PM

                          some more thinking... i know there are haters on this board, but i'd check w/ uncle chen's in encino... IIRC, they have what you're seeking.

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                          Jerome RE: kwinkel Oct 15, 2007 12:30 PM

                          thinking about it some more
                          try bamboo on ventura in sherman oaks. BUT call them to see if they have it. i know they have chicken filled potstickerlike things.

                          1. Chandavkl RE: kwinkel Oct 15, 2007 12:36 PM

                            One caution is that some restaurants that have chicken wonton soup on the menu have loose chicken floating in the soup, but the wontons themselves are pork filled.

                            1. raytamsgv RE: kwinkel Oct 15, 2007 12:59 PM

                              As others have noted, this dish is an older, Cantonese-American style soup. Usually, is listed as "wor wonton" or "war wonton". There is nothing inauthentic about this soup. It's just your normal wonton soup that has been "souped up" with tons of extra ingredients. However, I have never heard of it being made with chicken inside the wontons. Usually, the pork is inside the wontons, and there may be chicken pieces outside in the rest of the dish.

                              I had a decent rendition of this dish in Ye Loy in Temple City (pork-filled wontons), but that was a number of years ago. Other than that, the food there wasn't that great. Here's some more information:
                              http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/ch...

                              Many Cantonese noodle places will have wonton noodles of one type or another (these restaurants usually have the roast duck and pork hanging in the front), although wor wonton will be hard to find there. Another option is to try a Hong Kong-style restaurant such as Har Lam Kee in Monterey Park. Look for a menu option like "Hong Kong style mixed noodles." You can choose which types of meats to add to your dish (e.g. roast pork, duck, fish balls, shrimp, etc.).

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