Wonton Chai Noodle (Toronto)

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Wonton Chai Noodle’s dining room isn’t going to impress you. Let’s get it out there now – it’s a no frills setting of chairs and tables and when it gets busy, you’re even expected to procure your own cup of weak tea. Luckily, you’re not visiting for their drinks or service, the draw is their bowls of satisfying noodles with huge plump toppings.

If you want a bit of everything like me, the three toppings with noodles and soup ($7) is the ideal choice. Two huge shrimp wonton, dace fish balls and Shanghai wontons arrived amongst the clear salty broth. The Shanghai wontons aren’t on the menu, but they’ll inform you if they made them for the day and trust me – you want them if they’re available. These are made with a great mixture of shrimp, pork, Chinese mushrooms and black fungus, which has more textural contrast than the plain wonton.

But, the shrimp wontons are good as well: chocked full of just cooked through shrimp… sweet, crunchy and delicious. The only disappointment was the dace fish balls, a decent springy texture but a faint fishy after taste. The restaurant also offers non-seafood options such as sliced beef and beef brisket but really why would you visit a place called “Wonton” Chai without trying the wontons?

If you’re not into soupy noodles, the “lo mein” options uses the same thin al dante noodles but is served dry with oyster sauce. Mix in the condiment gradually as it has a very potent taste. To help loosen the noodles, a splash of splash of soup always helps.

Aside from other forms of noodles, Wonton Chai doesn’t offer much else. But, since the noodles is all protein and carbs, a side of vegetable (generally yu choy) with oyster sauce ($3.50) is also a good choice.

Overall mark - 8 out of 10

How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 4400 Sheppard Avenue East

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