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The Best Wonton Soup in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / May 22, 2013

wonton soup torontoThe best wonton soup in Toronto always hits the spot. Whether it's providing warmth on a cold Toronto night or soothing comfort when you want something light and tasty, there's something about those velvety smooth flour-and-meat concoctions that simply hits home. It's kind of like the Chinese answer to mom's chicken noodle soup, if that chicken noodle soup came in a billion different shapes and sizes, isn't necessarily limited to chicken, and can be dunked in a variety of sauces and/or seasonings.

Grab your soup spoons and practice your ability to slurp really loudly as you make your way to the places on this list.

Here are the best restaurants in Toronto to fill up on wonton soup.

See also:

The best dumplings in Toronto
The best dim sum in Toronto
The best dim sum in downtown Toronto

Writing by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the twitter and his own mansion.

Jim Chai Kee

Jim Chai Kee

The king in many wonton fans' minds, Jim Chai Kee is home to shrimp wontons so huge you'd want to hit them with a baseball bat. The menu is extremely limited (there's really only about five dishes on the menu) but each dumpling is so large and savoury, with a slight sweet aftertaste, that you won't mind having to sit in their rather uncomfortable chairs. The food comes out blazingly fast and the powerful barking of orders from the owner adds a charming little touch. Cash only, but then again at under $5 a pop, what's there to complain about? More »

Wonton Hut

Wonton Hut

Wonton Hut is what Jim Chai Kee would look like if it got a modern makeover. It features dumplings that are also fearsomely big, with a touch of springiness that lets you know that it's fresh. With a cheerful light-green interior and friendly service, it's a nice place to stop by if you're in the mood for dumplings or their equally well-known beef brisket. They also serve fish balls if that's more your thing. Another cash only establishment, so make sure you come prepared. More »

Asian Legend

Asian Legend

Asian Legend's specialty dumplings are the Shanghainese soup-filled xiao long bao which contains a blast of hot savoury broth (careful not to scald your tongue!). The attractively green-coloured pork and scallop variety is this restaurant's specialty, which is rather small in size but certainly not on taste. You can also bring in your non-wonton loving buddies as the Asian Legend restaurants serve up many Chinese food classics ranging from Peking Duck to Kung Pao Chicken. More »

Ding Tai Fung

Ding Tai Fung

Considered by many locals to be the definitive place to eat xiao long bao in Markham, Ding Tai Fung occupies a large corner of the First Markham Place strip plaza section, with long lineups not uncommon during weekend mealtimes. The crab variety is satisfyingly large, with a nice mixture of savoury broth and fresh diced crab meat playing off each other beautifully. The opportunity to watch the chefs hand-craft your dumplings makes for an enjoyable pre-dining entertainment. More »

Swatow

Swatow

This semi-squalid Chinatown staple is a favourite go-to place for many seeking authentic Cantonese food in downtown Toronto. The wontons here do not disappoint, and they range from the succulent (though slightly smaller) shrimp wontons in scallion-covered broth to the crispy fried variety. Perfect for a late night no-frills munch, if you don't mind the distinct possibility of sharing your table with another group. More »

Bayview Court

Bayview Court

Located on Major Mackenzie Avenue in the frozen tundras of Richmond Hill, Bayview Court serves up an excellent serving of wonton soup with noodles for Northern suburbanites. I've found the wontons to be big and juicy, while the noodles are a bit more "egg-y" than in most restaurants. The nice spacious atmosphere with high ceilings makes for a nice contrast compared to many of the more cramped spaces on this list. More »

House of Gourmet

House of Gourmet

Yet another excellent Chinatown spot for late night wonton cravings, House of Gourmet offers both the regular version of wontons or, for those with a bigger appetite, an even more formidable option (with lots of extra vegetables and noodles) called the house special wonton noodle. Chowing down on one of these while ordering a side of their delicious bbq platters is a great way to have a Sunday night dinner. More »

Sam Woo BBQ

Sam Woo BBQ

Besides their delicious assortment of roast duck and bbq pork, Sam Woo is also known for their delicious dumplings. The sizes aren't as large as those in specialty wonton restaurants, but the quality of the shrimp shines through in every bite. The flavours are a bit more muted than many of the other ones on this list, but that doesn't stop these dumplings from being ordered en masse in the restaurant. Service can sometimes be hit or miss, mind you. More »

King's Noodle

King's Noodle

You wouldn't put the word "noodle" as part of your restaurant's name unless you have some of it paired with wontons in a steaming broth, and King's doesn't disappoint in this regard. This somewhat newly renovated restaurant offers a smorgasbord of wonton noodle soups that contain more ingredients than your basic variety, with my favourite being the duck and bbq pork wonton version. The combination of subtle flavours from all the different meats in clear savoury broth makes for a satisfying, but not overstuffing, meal. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Jaclyn / May 22, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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Your missing the best of them all.. Sea Hi!!!
dwong94 / May 22, 2013 at 01:11 pm
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House of Gourmet is possibly one of the best restaurants in Chinatown. The time between sitting down and receiving your gigantic bowl of wonton noodle soup can be under 2 minutes. It blows my mind that a restaurant can have like 400+ items on their menu and still be this fast. Those Oriental people really do work like dogs!
LJ replying to a comment from dwong94 / May 22, 2013 at 01:15 pm
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wow, you actually said it
Alison / May 22, 2013 at 03:46 pm
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I second House of Gourmet. I like Asian Legend for their pancake things (no idea what they're actually called0, but those wontons? Best I've ever eaten in the city.
aurea / May 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm
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For vegetarian Chinese people who miss eating wonton soup, King's Cafe in Kensington makes a decent rendition. Their non-meat versions of sticky rice and shaomai are good too.
Greg replying to a comment from Jaclyn / May 23, 2013 at 12:51 am
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Not enough people agree that the ones in your neighborhood are that good.
Sadie replying to a comment from dwong94 / May 23, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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Such a promising addition to the conversation until you just HAD to drop a racist chide.

Where do people like you even come from? And why?
Clay / May 23, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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Blog to please do a best hot and sour soup in the city
shan replying to a comment from aurea / May 23, 2013 at 09:36 pm
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Greens restaurant on Dundas at Denison has an excellent vegetarian wonton soup. It's down the street from King's Cafe.
WLI / July 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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I've been to a few of these places. There is a distinction that needs to be made.

Jim Chai Kee and Chinatown north makes 100% shrimp wontons while downtown has a mix 70/30-ish pork and shrimp.

My mother called Spadina "low wah kew" Chinese food and my dad talked about eating a single shiu mai that filled you up rather than a whole bunch of little things.

I suppose in context to the railway and laundromat workers of old who wanted big, filling food that got them ready to go back to harder labour.

Jasper / September 11, 2013 at 04:21 pm
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Noodle King in the food court below The Sheraton Center Hotel has a really good Wonton Noodle soup and you have a choice between either pork or shrimp wontons. And the shrimp wontons are 2 or sometimes 3 shrimps. And you have your choice of noodles
Tracy / February 16, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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Toronto?? When Is Richmond Hill and Markham considered TORONTO ??
Warren / February 16, 2014 at 01:14 pm
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I love the wontons but the broth aspect is usually horrid (only for the Chinese does blanching water for noodles and veg double as broth for Wonton soup)

Do any of these downtown locations do a decent broth?

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