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Aug 23, 2010 12:04 PM

Best deep-fried wontons in the Bay Area?

I won't be home for a while, but I thought I'd ask while I'm wondering about it.

I'm looking for the whole package ... light, crispy, greaseless with tasty fillings and good house-made sweet and sour sauce.

Related post on General Board

Are deep-fried wontons Chinese?

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  1. I thought the sweet pastele with banana and cinnamon at Smart Coffee was a giant stuffed fried

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    1. re: wolfe

      Funny post because I just had the best fried wontons last night. This is not something I generally order because I don't find it very interesting but my mom heard this place had the best. They were not filled, but just simple fried flaky and delicous. The restaurant is called "Budda's Belly" in Castro Valley. Kind of a random place for Chinese food but they have some pretty authentic specials (not that fried wontons are one of them.)

      1. re: calalilly

        Actually, if you read the reponses to the post on the general board, it turns out deep-fried wontons ARE authentic Chinese food. Sounds good ... even without the filling. Usually they are too crunchy.

        One local suggestion from that post ...

        "Had something called Yee Won Ton which is deep fried wontons with gravy and veggies. The restaurant was in LA Chinatown and owner told me it originated from China. There was a CH thread a couple years ago saying the Golden Peacock in Oakland was a favorite place for this dish."

        Although I wasn't specifically posting about that, it sounds interesting and will be on my future to-try list.

        1. re: rworange

          The dish in question you may want is Yee Fu Won Ton. The one I like best is from Tai Wu in both Daly City (small one not the dim sum one, with BBQ in the window) and in Foster City next to 99Ranch. I like the way they serve this dish. A plate of deep fried won tons and a bowl of hot thicken soup. That way the won tons remain crispy until the soup is added.

          A good one. You can eat the won ton as is or in a soup. Good both way.

          Hung Tao Yee Fu Won Ton Tong is the Cantonese name and your server will know what you want.

          Hope you get it soon. RWO.

          Tai Wu Restaurant
          1080 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

          1. re: yimster

            Interesting topic. Not to hijack, but in just about any Chinese restaurant in Hawaii you can order crispy gow chi mien (sp?) and get fried wantons over gravy, noodles, char su and vegies, but no place seems to have ever heard of it stateside. Could it possibly live under another name?

            1. re: Civil Bear

              It not as common as years ago but there are a few places where you can get it. If you have a place you go often you can ask for it. Yee Fu Won Ton Tong is the name it goes by here. As far as I know two common ones. Hong Tao and Roast Duck, whose Chinese name I have to think about how to spell it right now.

          2. re: rworange

            If you want to try Hung To Yee Won Ton when you get back to Richmond area, it's available at both L&L and Kwang Tung (corner of San Pablo Ave and MacDonald)

            Kwang Tung
            12056 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805

            L & L Chinese Seafood Restaurant
            10140 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

      2. They have pretty good fried won tons at Saigon Restaurant in Oakland at the very end of San Pable Ave. Alot of won ton and filling for the price and good swwet/sour sauce.

        1. Maybe it's me, but something about deep-fried wontons as an "appetizer" wouldn't be something my family would order at a Chinese restaurant. It might be something more suited for a Chinese-American type of place. If it were an "authentic" Chinese appetizer they'd serve it at banquets and I've never had fried wontons at a Chinese banquet.

          OTH....I love them and usually it's at a pot-luck and people do all kinds of different things. Although the best ones I've ever run across (anywhere) are at the California Casino in Las Vegas at the Market Street Cafe. They must get them frozen and they're made by machine because they are perfectly wrapped all look exactly the same, the filling is firm and tasty and they're filled to capacity. They serve them in their saimin soup or as a fried wonton appetizer.

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          1. re: monku

            I think it might be Bay Area authentic from the earlier 20th century Cantonese-American era of SF Chinatown.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Long gone Oakland Chinatown restaurant The Lantern, which used to be at Webster & 8th, where Asian Health Services is now, had the best fried wontons, stuffed with ample porky goodness. I still miss them.

            2. re: monku

              Fried wontons aren't served at banquets because in China they're essentially street food. Here's a batch sold on the street in one of Shanghai's oldest neighborhoods:

              1. re: soupçon

                Interesting. Those look a bit on the greasy side. Were these something you tried? Were they good?

                1. re: rworange

                  They were definitely greasy. They are actually "shallow fried" rather than deep-fried. I wouldn't buy them again.

            3. I remember my mom buying some kind of fish paste/mash from a store on Grant, near Broadway. We would fill wonton skins with the mash and fry them. Yum!

              1. Has anyone been to Just Won Ton recently? I haven't been for years, but I remember it very well.
                1241 Vicente St (between 23rd Ave & 24th Ave).

                Just Won Ton
                1241 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

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                1. re: ooeygooey

                  How are the fried won ton at your name sake restaurant Woey Loy Goey ?

                  1. re: monku

                    Had it there a few years ago and it was still good. But have not had it in a few years.