Blasphemy? Nope, delicious
At Tsim Chai Noodles.
Recently, I made an impromptu trip to Richmond after work and ending up visiting an old favourite for lunch. It had been a long time since I went to Tsim Chai Noodles near the Richmond Public Market.
I sat down in its no fuss dinning room and ordered my customary wonton noodles with veggies for a complete meal.
The soup was a good superior broth with an impactful seafood taste and full of umami flavour. The noodles were toothsome and had a nice texture to them. I felt these noodles were cooked perfectly as they stayed relatively chewy throughout my meal.
In a bit a of a switch up, for the healthy & green portion of my lunch I got Yu Choy, instead of the more common Gai Lan or the dreaded Iceberg lettuce. The leafy veggies were vibrant green and cooked until tender but not mushy.
As for the wontons, they were properly wrapped, sizable and cooked well. For the filling, they had both shrimp and fatty pork to them.
When you bite into these soup dumplings you get a wave of sesame oil and a strong shrimp flavour. However towards the end, there’s a rich fatty pork taste.
Overall, I liked these wontons a lot as nothing tasted watered down, and the 3 distinct flavours of the dumpling worked harmoniously.
For some, the inclusion of pork is a big no-no in wontons, but for me I actually prefer some chopped pork as long as it’s not the dominant feature. When done right like Tsim Chai, the pork adds a subtle contrasting taste that helps break up the large amount of seafood flavour in wontons.
If you think about it, wonton noodles soup can be pretty monotonous in flavour with a heavy shrimp component in the soup and then the bountiful shrimp in the dumplings. As a result, the inclusion of pork can break up that wall of seafood umami while not being too jarring as it’s a nice mild sweet white meat.
I really enjoyed my wonton noodle soup at Tsim Chai Noodles; so much so I think they are my preferred wonton noodles soup in the Lower Mainland. After finishing my meal there, I wondered why it took so long for me to return.