Qianli Xiang Wonton King 福建千里香馄饨王 [Shanghai]

Wontons in Shanghai are like the little ugly stepchild to the favored steam dumplings, otherwise known as Xiao Long Bao 小笼包.  Yet, soup wontons are every part of Shanghainese cuisine.  Fujian Qianli Xiang, not from the province of Fujian, is a franchise chain of simple Shanghainese soup Wontons eateries.  The simple menu includes just 4 items, small wontons in soup, large soup wontons with vegetable and pork, large soup wontons with mushroom and pork, and vegetable and pork wontons without soup, with varying amounts and corresponding prices.  This place is a ideal for a simple lunch or a quick bite for the high rise office workers in the area.

Make sure you order the large wontons with vegetable and pork, since that’s what most people get (and what I did).  The slurping of the soup indicated either people were enjoying their soup or trying to warm up.  I tended to think of the later, with the bland broth, which I assumed had the other duty of keep the wontons succulent.  The staff is friendly which compensates for the shoddy tables and chairs – for about 25 seats or so.

As I indicated earlier, Fujian Qianli Xiang is more for a quick bite for office peons near the People Square area than a destination point.  If you really want to try it out and don’t work in the area, I suggest going on the weekends.  During the week, traffic is horrendous and finding parking is a pain.  (Though I did find an underground lot about a block away for 10 RMB for 1/2 hour).  All things considered, I only gave 2 pig stars since the Shanghai wontons aren’t that bad.

Qianli Xiang Wonton King 福建千里香馄饨王 [Shanghai]

Er Guang Wonton 耳光馄饨 [Shanghai]

Er Guang Wontons are arguably the best wontons in the Huangpu District, if not Shanghai.   I don’t care if  my sample size might be small, but I would put these up against anyone else wontons.   The neighborhood folk would tend to agree with me, as you see them already seated before they open for the night.  Business is so good that they have patrons on communal tables on literally the sidewalks and road.

Lay’s potato chips had the wildly successful slogan “bet you can’t eat just one”, which calls to mind a ride home with a small box of soulless wontons, in peanut sauce.  A to-go box of 10 was finished on the short 20 minute drive home, all the while deftly avoiding spillage and splashes.  The wontons themselves are quite large and juicy with the right amount of savoriness.  But it is the peanut sauce combination that make this what it is. There isn’t a required spicy component with it, though it may enhance to a beholder.

This crazy little place also features a deep fried boneless pork chop.  Not too salt and barely moist enough without complaining, this pork chop is ordered almost by all the customers, whom are regulars and seem to know what to get.  On this brisk night, happy people were either slurping soup, chomping on wontons, or gobbling up pork chops – and they didn’t even notice they were sitting in the street.

Yes, soup wontons are great, but I will recommend the soup-less wontons.  Great place to go, if you looking for some good grub.

Er Guang Wonton 耳光馄饨
209-213 Zhaozhou Lu, near Hefei Lu
肇周路209-213号, 近合肥路

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