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Wonton Soup Suggestions?

savvyguy Mar 28, 2010 11:21 AM

CH: Does anyone have a wonton soup that you can RAVE about? I'm not sure why but I love this soup and am interested in some simple, delicious broth and dumplings. Pagoda and Jasmine Deli are very good options. Anyone else?

Jasmine Deli
2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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    discus Mar 28, 2010 04:35 PM

    Wonton soup is made up American food, so what is "good" is quite subjective. The best authentic wontons in Minneapolis is available at Kiefer Court.

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      savvyguy Mar 28, 2010 06:16 PM

      Tasty, steamed wontons and/or chicken broth were hardly first thought up by Americans and food reviews are subjective naturally. Regardless, I actually did not ask for an Asian cuisine history lesson. What I did, in fact, ask is whether/not anyone had a suggestion for a great tasting bowl of wonton soup in the Mpls/St. Paul area.

      I know where Keefer court is. Where is Kiefer Court?

      1. re: discus
        karykat Mar 29, 2010 09:13 AM

        discus -- Thanks for your thoughts. i've never been to Kiefer Court but have heard much about it here. What do you like about their wontons?

        1. re: karykat
          discus Mar 31, 2010 02:00 PM

          My apologies to both. I've misspelled Keefer Court. I really didn't mean to be critical.

          Good wonton has very thin skin, contains lots of crisp shrimp, vegetables and ground pork in the stuffing. Crisp shrimp is not fried, but instead has been rinsed for 3 - 4 hours under very cold water to rinse off the slimy film that inevitably forms around frozen meats. The result is shrimp that is crisp, not mushy.

          Keefer Court has wonderful baked goods, good Cantonese fare (pan fried noodles, etc.) and some traditional dishes (beef sinew is my favorite). The duck feet is as good as you'll get without driving to Chicago.

          My major gripe is actually with the size of their wontons, which are usually considered a delicate fare. The ones at Keefer Court can choke a horse, but then I'm just being a stick in the mud.

          Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe
          326 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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        phimoez Mar 28, 2010 05:49 PM

        The wonton soup at Quang is delicious - as is all of their soups!

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          churchka Mar 28, 2010 06:52 PM

          This is a thread I'm very excited about. I love Wonton Soup. But I feel like I haven't had it in a very long time and I don't even know any good places, so this will get me out soon.

          And since I love Pagoda for everything else, I believe I'll start there Monday.

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            meljohns Mar 29, 2010 07:12 AM

            Rainbow Chinese. They have the best broth and light wontons, not the gummy thick ones. I get a bowl of wonton soup and egg rolls for a meal all the time.

            Rainbow Chinese Restaurant
            2739 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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              ssioff Mar 29, 2010 07:46 AM

              Duc's in Maplewood and Woodbury.


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                bbb1980 Mar 29, 2010 06:18 PM

                Does anyone know of any good vegetarian wonton soup anywhere, since we're on the subject?

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                1. re: bbb1980
                  churchka Mar 29, 2010 08:23 PM

                  Evergreen Chinese has a veggie wonton soup. Can't say if it is good or not, but everything I've ever had there has been good, so I assume it is.

                  Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
                  2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

                2. Michael Florey Apr 1, 2010 01:04 PM

                  It is not classic wonton soup, but the pork dumpling soup at Grand Shanghai is very good.

                  Grand Shanghai Restaurant
                  1328 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                  1. diesel Apr 2, 2010 09:50 PM

                    Believe it or not, the won ton noodle soup at Village Wok in stadium village is really good when it's "on". By good I mean thin, not too mushy skins, shrimpy shrimp and pork, and a nice sesame flavor. When it's not "on" it's still fine, just blandish.

                    Village Wok
                    610 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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                      savvyguy Jul 2, 2010 07:05 PM

                      Thank you for the suggestion diesel. I haven't been to the Wok in years and the wonton soup was very good! The dumplings had great flavor and about equal to Pagoda. The broth wasn't AS good and they didn't have the chinese brocoli (like at Pagoda) but they added fresh cilantro and that was a nice add. Generally, or back in the day, I hated anything with cilantro added but it was nice in this soup. I caught an on night and appreciate your suggestion!!

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                        diesel Jul 6, 2010 09:00 PM

                        Glad you liked it! It's my post-bar snack of choice.

                    2. moomon Apr 3, 2010 09:15 PM

                      I love love love wonton soup at Keefer court (but i doubt though that they put quite a lot of msg in the soup cos every time I have wonton soup there, I feel very thirsty afterwards). They also have a very good roast duck and Chinese bbq pork over rice. Their bbq pork bun and curry beef bun are my all-time favorite. :)

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                        savvyguy Apr 9, 2010 07:06 PM

                        I am just back from Keefer Court and have to say that it was mediocre and did not live up to some of the feedback here. I definitely prefer the wonton soup at Pagoda over the Shrimp Wonton at Keefer. The shrimp/wontons at Keefer were light and crunchy and the broth was good but I still prefer Pagoda, which also delivers!

                        As for the other stuff, we had shredded pork, pickled veggie fried rice noodles which was ok. The pot stickers were heavy but very good. The steamed bbq pork bun was very good. I had three different pastries that were just ok but the cheesecake was top-tier. If I remember correctly, Pagoda also sells pastries from KC.

                        I'll keep trying and hope to read additional posts about wonton soup.

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                          doodledee Apr 10, 2010 07:14 PM

                          Love the wonton soup at Peninsula on Nicollet. Odd place to find it, perhaps, but it's right on. Crave-able. I get it for to share with my kids when we go as a family and usually end up eating 2/3 of it myself. Please do look into it and enjoy.

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                            KCMPLS Jul 3, 2010 01:12 PM

                            Grand Shanghai in St. Paul has a Shanghai style wonton soup, very close to the real thing.

                            Grand Shanghai Restaurant
                            1328 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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