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Would you like wonton noodle soup? Yes, you do.

I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and to this day, one of the favourites is wonton noodle soup. As some have written, wonton (Cantonese style) is comfort food.

When a wae lad was I, we’d all pile into Hon’s Won-Tun House, a little place on Main Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Back then, I could only finish one bowl of wonton noodle soup, but now, I’m always tempted to get a second bowl.

It’s a simple meal, composed of steamed egg noodles, morsels of perfectly seasoned pork and shrimp wrapped in a delicate rice-flour wrapper, chopped bits of green onion, all swimming effortlessly in a light flavourful broth. To me, consuming “wonton” has always been like the direct meaning : “swallowing (little) clouds”.

Problem is there’s so much more on the menu than just wonton noodle soup.

Hon’s has expanded, and as of writing, they now have four locations throughout the greater Vancouver area.

In recent trips to Vancouver, I’ve been going to their downtown location on Robson St. As strong the pull of the wonton is, I’m always craving for some dim sum.

On this May (2010) visit, I walked in the door at about 1pm, when most of the lunch-rush had dissipated. Many tables were occupied, but there were plenty of available tables, too. Within five minutes of being seated, I ordered wonton noodle soup and two well-known dim sum choices.

Hons Wun-Tun Noodle House, wonton noodle soup, Vancouver

Signage at Robson Street location : courtesy of Nemo’s Great Uncle (Maynard) on Flickr.

Hons Wun-Tun Noodle House, wonton noodle soup, Vancouver

Wonton noodle soup with the minimum six morsels of goodness.

Hons Wun-Tun Noodle House, har gau, Vancouver

Har gau (shrimp/prawn dumplings). I could eat this all day.

Hons Wun-Tun Noodle House, siu mai, Vancouver

Pork siu mai dumplings, topped with shrimp and fish roe. Still with the all-day eating.

These three are childhood favourites, and it’s easy to go back to these whenever possible.

If you order in English, you’ll get standard service. But if you order in Cantonese, you get better service. It’s not entirely fair, but that’s what it is. On the other hand, if you flub an order or your Cantonese comes out crappy, you may get service that borders on “inattentive”.

If they assumed I was Chinese (and they would be correct), the look I get would be loosely translated as: “I should know better.”

I suppose if I turned around and cursed in German, it might still be unimpressive. Verdammt nochmal!

But ultimately, the formula is very simple.

If it’s a cold wet day outside, get yourself into a steamy noodle joint, and order (wonton) noodle soup.

The solution is equally direct.

Slurp, chew, munch, aaaaah : relish and repeat.

Except for the photo of the window sign, I made the remaining photos on 4 May 2010. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress on fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-13H.

No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to Hon’s or to the city of Vancouver.

11 Responses to “Would you like wonton noodle soup? Yes, you do.”

  1. Paivi

    your post made me hungry (despite my seafood allergies)… and since when did you learn Chinese? (I know you speak at least half a dozen of other languages but I thought you regretted not speaking Chinese… or maybe I remember wrong)

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Paivi.

      It’s good that despite your allergies, my post got you hungry. 🙂

      In Vancouver’s Chinatown, my sister and I grew up with Toi-Shan (or Taishanese) at home and Cantonese out on the streets.

      Thanks for commenting and for stopping by my blog!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Mette!

      Even now, I’m dreaming of wonton noodle soup. 🙂

      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by to read my blog!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, mivvy.

      Wouldn’t it be fun to do a trip to cover some of the “best wonton noodle soup” with back-to-back trips to Hong Kong, and the Chinatowns in Vancouver, San Francisco, Toronto, New York City, and Sydney? 🙂 Of course, after all these trips were done, one would have to go back and do it all over again, because the “best place” in any Chinatown can change very quickly – such is the fickle nature and palate of the discerning customer.

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by!

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  2. Laurel

    I love wonton soup, thanks for sharing this place. There’s so much selection in Vancouver it makes it hard to know where the good places are to go.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Laurel.

      That’s so true – there’s so much high-quality Asian food that it’s very hard to keep track. I honed on in Hon’s in my post, because I remembered the place as a boy, and the place hasn’t disappointed whenever I’ve been back. I’ll visit Hon’s again in January when I’m ‘home’ for a month.

      I hope you can get some wonton soup soon. I’ve not been able to find a decent wonton soup in Munchkin (or in the `Schland for that matter) – if you find that magical place of goodness, I’d certainly like to know, too!

      Thanks again for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi! Interestingly, as I write, I’ve just come back from Hon’s on Robson for a bowl of wonton noodle soup (and the bbq-pork rice plate to go). And yes, the noodles and wonton were delicious.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      p.s. I also went to your website; I may be in touch with you soon about a short-term rental.

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