The Best Wonton Soup in Toronto
The 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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