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Thank you for the Wonton Forest Rec...Superb!

liu Dec 15, 2008 10:04 AM

Keizo, it was your write-up that inspired us to chase to Wonton Forest in the City of Industry to sample their Wonton Forest noodle soup:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570891

It was delicous beyond what we could have imagined. I now understand the maddening quest for the perfect noodles and wontons. One need go no further than Wonton Forest...the search ends here!

The fresh homemade wontons were amazingly flavorful and the texture was perfect. I would order a plate of those next time.

It is interesting that they have a "dry" soup offering for those of us who prefer all the soup items without the broth; this was really good and I was sad to see the bottom of the bowl.
The homemade chili sauce (which they sell) was a fine flavor add-in.

We also tried the salmon nori cut roll which was quite unusual with its rice noodle wrap.

Keizo, your write-up was very accurate in its capture of this wonderful find. The owners were extremely enthusiastic about their accomplishments...as well they should be. This is one extraordinary wonton shop and we thank you, Chowhounds, for this find.

  1. soniabegonia Jan 9, 2009 08:43 AM

    Trekked out to this BFE location the other day. Got the salmon roll to start and the Wonton Forest noodle soup. The salmon roll had nori and rice paper (or was it soy paper). I found the double wrap too chewy and the salmon pieces too small. The noodles (in place of rice) provided an interesting texture. I would have preferred it with either the nori or the rice paper and sans the miso dressing. Overall, I found the whole thing a bit fusion-y and not that appealing.

    The noodle soup was delicious and the wontons were really good and flavorful. The flavor of the pork and the crunchy texture of the shrimp worked well together. The broth was light and clean tasting. As I do with all noodle soups, I ate the first half plain and the second half with hot sauce, in this case, a healthy helping of the garlic/chile sauce and a bit of Sriracha. I think garlic chile sauce is pretty much garlic and sambal oelek. In any case, it was tasty and a nice addition to the soup. The portion was generous, especially for the price (5.95). Prices would likely be 25-50% higher anywhere west of the 5.

    They were very friendly and nice, service was great, and the space inviting and squeaky clean. I was expecting a dump as with most legitimate Asian establishments so this was a nice surprise.

    I probably wouldn’t want to drive 30 minutes out of the way for this place, but if I ever find myself east of the 605, I would definitely go back but skip the salmon roll.

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      megs8 Jan 4, 2009 05:47 AM

      do they make vegetarian dishes?

      1. n
        ns1 Jan 3, 2009 02:19 PM

        Dropped by here today.

        Gotta say, chiu chow noodles + shrimp/pork wontons > wonton forest noodle soup

        Just my humble opinion

        great, great little hole in the wall, nice chef. it's a shame it's so far away from me (dtla)

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        1. re: ns1
          liu Jan 3, 2009 06:38 PM

          Hi, ns1!
          It sounds like you enjoyed it as much as we did!
          I am still thinking about it! We were going to go there this morning, but it is very far for us, too. We will, however, return.

          1. re: liu
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            ns1 Jan 4, 2009 08:04 AM

            yah, definitely, a 30 minute drive for us!

            that hot sauce togo, however, is the greatest thing EVER

            we used some of that with vinegar + soy for homemade dumplings, WOW

            seriously worth the drive just to stock up on more!

            he told us business isn't doing so well, so if you're in the area, please support :)

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              sel Jan 4, 2009 09:35 AM

              As an aside, I used the hot sauce on my post-Thanksgiving turkey jook/congee and it was spectacular, I can't wait until next Thanksgiving!

              1. re: sel
                Keizo Jan 4, 2009 12:19 PM

                Turkey congee + WoFo hot sauce? Wow, that sounds delicious!

              2. re: ns1
                Keizo Jan 4, 2009 12:18 PM

                That hot sauce is indeed great and goes with everything! ns1, I'm glad you gave them a try.

                And yes, everyone please support! I go at least once a week if not more. It's the perfect alternative to all the ramen I eat...haha.

          2. Keizo Dec 17, 2008 03:14 PM

            Hi Liu! You're very welcome and thank YOU for such kind words! I agree with everything you said up above. I can't get enough of this place. Not only is the food good, but just hanging out there makes me feel at peace. It's cold and raining outside...perhaps tonight will be a Wonton Forest night too!

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            1. re: Keizo
              liu Dec 17, 2008 03:50 PM

              Hi, Keizo!
              While we were enjoying our Wonton Forest lunch, one of your Hound friends (Buddha's Hand??...so sorry, I don't remember his ChowHound name) was sitting at the bar, slurping and singing praises along with us. I owe you both a huge thanks for discovering this wonton shop. Your write-up, Keizo, was exact in its description of Wonton Forest.

              It is almost a week later and I am still thinking about...okay, obsessing about!!! my meal there. I can't wait to return!

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