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WonTon Noodle House (Tampa)

andy huse | Mar 9, 2004 04:23 PM

I watched Pho Cuong close with sadness, but there is, alas, a worthy replacement--- WonTon Noodle House, with owners relaocated from California. same buidling on Floridsa just north of waters.

The specialty here is Chinese soup and noodle dishes. I tried what I call a "Kitchen sink" soup early on, with many varieties of meat in a weak broth. Thankfully, I did not give up there.

I tries a hong kong style fried noodle dish that was excellent, with toasted noodles lending a great flavor to a thick gravy with Chinese broccoli, chicken, beef, and shrimp. I've ordered it again since. wonderful and down to earth.

The shrimp wonton soup is a subtle delight, and I have yet to try the shrimp dumplings. A dick and noodle soup was quite good, with a richer broth and large, immaculate pieces of duck, almost entirely devoid of fat. with egg noodles, bean sprouts, and scallions, it was a winner.

I would caution anyone: when ordering, try to avoid a noodle soup if ordering a noodle entree. it is serious carb overkill. shrimp wonton soup is nice that way--- much less starch if ordered without noodles to boot.

there are more typical chinese dishes, and these, too are quite good. the schezuan prawns were quite nice, with veggies and rice.

but there are shortcomings, especially when compared to Pho Cuong. No herbs in the soup, which add so much flavor. there were also no herbs to be found in the fresh roll, which is what makes the appetizer so good in the first place. without herbs to freshen up the taste, fresh rolls are rather bland.

the service is friendly, knowlegeable, and fluent in english. I will definitely be back.

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