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"Wonton Chai Noodle," Richmond Hill (East of Major Mac/404) - Why did it take me so long to try out this neighborhood hidden gem?

Charles Yu | Dec 14, 201803:44 PM

A Cantonese noodle joint with an almost identical name once occupied a space inside the now 'being demolished' Market Village. Offering inferior products from a limited menu, the experience I had before its closing was an utter disappointment. As a Wonton noodle fan and aficionado, the mentioning of that outfit's food made me squirm!

As such, when ' Wonton Chai ' first opened shop in my neighborhood about a year ago. Misled by the name and thinking it was an offshoot of the Market Village place, I TOTALLY IGNORED its existence....until today.

After attending to some banking business at the TD bank next door. Out of curiosity, I decided to take a browse at the menu. Noticing it was in a format totally different from my recollection and containing a few of my favorites, I decided to give this outfit a try! I am so glad I did!!

I was greeted by a couple of really friendly lady server. From the authentic looking ' Hong Kong style Wonton noodle house ' menu, I ordered a combo of ' Wonton and Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon Lo-Mien '.....requesting extra sauce.

The food was delectable and enjoyable. The broth was better than most, with a slight hint of sun-dried Tile Fish aroma and taste. Its only short-fall being the lack of shrimp egg flavoring and the use of scallions instead of the more expensive, aromatic and compatible, yellowing chives. ( An approach which 'Wonton Hut - Warden/Hwy#7' uses and IMHO, elevates its status to the best Wonton Noodle outfit in town ). The ultra-thin silver thread egg noodles was a stand out. Cooked perfectly to al-dente consistency, it is one of the best such ' San-Mien ' noodle product in town.....the other being ' Won Ton Hut ' again. Taste and seasoning of the toppings were commendable. The shrimp filling of the Wonton morsels were crunchy and sweet. The bean paste base Chui-Hau sauce of the Beef Brisket was dark, dense, complex and tasty. The only mis-step was the slightly tough and overly chewy protein which, IMO would need another half an hour more cooking time. All in all an excellent product for the price.

For those of you foodies who live in the Richmond Hill/Markham neighborhood. For a Cantonese ( Wonton ) noodle fix, I would advise frequenting ' WonTon Chai ' rather than the over-rated and inferior ' Tsim Chai Kee ' on Highway 7. The latter's popularity, with its mediocre products in a bland and second-rate broth was always a huge mystery to me!!

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