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Makoto108 Nov 19, 2013 01:19 PM

Hi chowhounds,

I have been craving wonton noodle soup. My favorite go to place Royal Palace II has closed. I have tried Hong Kong Eatery and it's meh. I know that I can make it at home, but I am being lazy. Where would you recommend wonton noodle soup?

Thank you,

  1. Locutus Nov 19, 2013 01:50 PM

    China Cafe on harrison ave

    1. Luther Nov 19, 2013 09:06 PM

      There are no non-meh wontons in Boston, or for that matter, anywhere in the USA in my experience.

      EDIT: this is HK won ton noodles. I am making no claims about "Sichuantons"

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      1. re: Luther
        divinebaboon Nov 22, 2013 08:57 AM

        have you been to East Corner Wonton in NYC before they closed? They were pretty damn good. Big Wong King is not bad either.

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        hargau Nov 22, 2013 09:06 AM

        The spicy hot & sour wonton soup at Sichuan Gourmet.... (makes me cough 1st bite everytime, but so good!)

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          Scruffy The Cat Nov 24, 2013 08:48 AM

          location, please?

        2. kobuta Nov 23, 2013 08:20 PM

          Great Taste Cafe & Bakery in Chinatown.

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            femmevox Nov 24, 2013 11:54 AM

            The wontons at Great Taste are really similar to the Hong Kong Eatery (which the poster didn't like) and the broth is much better at HKE.

            I am a big wonton fan, and the wontons at HKE totally do it for me. I don't think the ones at Big Wong in NYC are better.

            I do have other (small) gripes with HKE, like that you have to pay extra for greens in your wonton soup (they come free in the wonton noodle). And the crispy skin pork is sometimes tough, not that succulent. And I wish they had a small wonton soup for before the meal when I am dining solo.

            But the wontons themselves are my ur-wonton (not having been to Hong Kong). And ten of them for five bucks, which is what you get if you order the "wonton soup" is a total deal.

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              deglazer Nov 24, 2013 12:49 PM

              I too really like the HKE wontons, though I don't have any expertise in the area. The wonton noodle soup with pork and/or duck was a staple for me 15 years ago when I lived close to Chinatown. Had it a couple of weeks ago with friends and the wontons were as good as ever (but the broth that day seemed a little bland). Friends were new to them and enthusiastic.

              1. re: femmevox
                kobuta Nov 24, 2013 01:04 PM

                They are both classic Hong Kong style wontons, which tend to be more shrimp and little to no pork. I used to think HKE had the best wonton noodles too, but on my last visit, I didn't find them as good at all. My last visit to Great Taste however was quite good, so I don't know if HKE is slipping or if it was an anomaly. Broth was rather boring and wonton's didn't have the usual lightness to them. The OP just said they were 'meh' - didn't offer any other criticism, so it's unclear if it was a bad bowl, or if the OP doesn't care for that type of wonton noodle soup.

                If someone doesn't like HK/Cantonese wonton noodles, then I'm at a lost since this is classic Cantonese food.

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