Or the worst either, middling.
Kwong’s wontons are meh.
I needed a pick me up and had been craving wontons for about 2 weeks. I intended to go to Congee Noodle House but I wanted to try some place new. Just a few blocks south on Main street is Kwong Chow Congee Noodle House. They are more known for their unique Ostrich meat offerings at dinner than wontons but any noodle house should serve a decent wonton.
Upon entering, Kwong Chow is decidedly more Chinese than Congee Noodle House with multiple framed Chinese calligraphy art pieces; one piece of art proclaiming, “Eating in Guangzhou”.
I’m going to take a wild guess and say Kwong Chow serves food from the city of Guangzhou. Although they are not a generational wonton maker, they do boldly announce their wontons and I think their fresh oyster congee are renown in large red characters above their glassed in kitchen area.
In the most efficient manner, typical of Chinese noodle houses, I was greeted, seated, served tea, had my order taken and my food dropped off within 15 minutes. I settled my bill and was out the door a mere 20 minutes later; a most time effective way to have a quick bite, especially if you have a huge list of errands to run.
The wonton noodles served at Kwong’s are meal sized and not the petite snack size generational wonton makers doll out. I went with my usually order of wontons plus vegetables; Gai Lan for today’s meal.
The soup, the backbone of a good wonton noodle soup, was bland at Kwong’s. It had a modest flavour of seafood and a hint of pepper on first sip but lacked depth. I felt the soup was watered down.
The noodles were past al dente but not mushy. Unfortunately I felt the leaves of the Gai Lan were definitely too soft for my liking.
The five wontons were large enough. No complaints about the size but like the soup their flavour was not up to par. On first bite, I detected sesame oil and then depending on the wonton I was eating, either a faint hint of umami seafood or a more robust hit of seasoning. Either way I felt the impactful seafood taste that stays with you from start to finish in a good wonton was lacking in the dumplings served here.
Curiously, the chives/green onions garnish were also missing from my dish.
Kwong Chow Congee Noodle House’s wontons were meh. There weren’t bad as my craving for wontons were satisfied but certainly no where near the top wonton makers in the city.
I am curious about their Ostrich dishes, which are only available for dinner, so I would come back probably with my parents to try it and to ask them to decipher some of the Chinese only “Specials” posters, in particular the one with the duck on it.
However if I were to choose again on where to have wontons in the Mount Pleasant Main area, I think I would pick Congee Noodle House instead.