- Tujunga Mike Jun 5, 2003 07:39 PM
I know this is somewhat pedestrian but I crave a great bowl of Won-Ton like the kind I used to get at Wo Hops on Mott in NYC's Chinatown. Anyway... I'll travel from Montery Park to the Westside if you could just be so kind as to point me in the right direction.
I don't know the new york place. My fave wonton soup is at Full House on Hill Street in CHinatown, the wor won ton soup. It does have squid in it. Hope that's not a dealbreaker.
Not familiar with Wo Hops, but I suspect its Americanized Chinese food you are after. In Monterey Park there is a place I like for Wor Wonton in that style at the somewhat retro Paul's Kitchen oon Atlantic Blvd. The soup includes chunks of bbq pork, shrimp, and healthy sized wonton dumplings.
1950 South Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA 91754
I posed a similar question some time ago, and have linked to the resulting thread below. For whatever it's worth, I tried most of the suggestions proffered, and my favorite for Americanized won-ton soup was Manhattan Won Ton Company on Doheny in Beverly Hills, which, if I'm not mistaken, you recommended.
Wang's Palace on Lemon and Myrtle in old town Monrovia. Won ton with chicken, shrimp, wontons, mushrooms and greens. That and their pot stickers and shrimp lo mein and shrimp egg foo young are great Chinese comforft food us gringos. (Get the idea I like shrimp?)
It's all about WON TON TIME in Monterey Park. Corner of Garfield and Valley, across the street from The Hat where the old Garfield Theatre used to be. Famous stand in Hong Kong that made its way over. I believe there are only 2 things on the menu with 3 possible add ons. Won Ton, Won Ton with noodles, add fish balls, sliced beef, or vegetables.
I know it is way out of your way, but if you every get to the San Fernando Valley, the Lotus Inn on Ventura Blvd. serves an excellent wonton soup. The bowl is stuffed with flavorful pork wontons, fresh good sized shrimp, sliced white meat chicken, BBQ pork, Broccoli,
baby Bok choy, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and carrots in a flavorful broth. For those of you that live in the valley, they also have free delivery.
Lotus Inn Chinese Restaurant
21733 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone: (818) 882-2689
Are you referring to Won-ton soup with lots of cabbage, shrimp, water chestnut, and BBQ pork? That's what people refer to as Wor Wonton--a classic Chinese-American dish.
I'm a fan of the version at Mei Long Village in Alhambra, which is pretty close to you. I don't know the NYC version you're describing, so if I am suggesting some alternative style of wonton soup, please pardon me.
I've been going to Golden City in LA Chinatown since the 60s and the recipe has not been different with all of the management changes throughout the years. My favorite is still the beef noodle won ton soup noodles (gnau nam) . It also comes with either roast duck (siu op), char siu or just plain won tons. Sam Woo does a mean soup noodle dish too. My third option is Tasty Kitchen in Gardena which comes pretty close to good and fill the bill.
Even though this thread is almost 5 years old, I find it a perfect time to plug my absolute favorite wonton soup: the three-flavor wonton soup at China Islamic.
It has no pork in it, of course, but contains lots of chicken, beef (or is it lamb - I'm not certain) and shrimp as well as wontons and lots of veggies. A meal in a bowl!
I love the "Wonton or Egg Noodle Soup" at Red Corner Asia, 5267 Hollywood Blvd. and Normandie. I get it with wontons and egg noodles. The best I've had in a long time. The menu reads "Wonton wrapped with seasoned minced pork and shrimp topped with B.B.Q. pork and vegetables." Had it again tonight. Delicious.
The closest I've seen (and I too have been searching for years) is at:
22323 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303-4313
It's tucked away in a deep corner of a shopping plaza with a Ralph's in the valley. The address says Canoga Park, but I thought it was West Hills. Anyway, when you dine in they also put down crispy noodles (though thin & round, they taste right), duck sauce, and -- the clincher -- hot mustard at the table. I always ask for extra noodles to eat with the soup. Also, the garlic chicken they serve is the closest version I've gotten to the dish I love from back in NY.
The kind of wonton soup you're looking for is the Cantonese inspired version, not the other styles recommended here (including the california-fied "wor" version). In fact during my 2 months in China where I ate wontons from Beijing to Xi'An, Sichuan and Hong Kong, I was utterly blown away by the similarities between Hong Kong Chinese food and New York's. (It makes sense since the early Chinese immigrants were from Guangdong, and they brought their food with them). Paul's Kitchen on San Pedro does serve that old timey wonton soup... it's close, but not exactly right.