Shifu Chio (CHML H.K. Inc.) – Solid Cantonese wonton noodle soup specialist
Shifu Chio (literally means “Master Chio”) is a place I’ve been meaning to come to for a long time. Shifu Chio specializes in Cantonese wonton noodle soup. Wonton noodle soup in Hong Kong is sort of like the equivalent to ramen in Japan. I think most people in the US don’t think of it that way because what you find here is usually a poorly made version that just happens to be some after-thought on the menu of a Cantonese BBQ joint, but in Hong Kong you’ll find shops that specialize in it and make really wonderful renditions of it. I’ve been searching around New York for a good wonton noodle soup place for a long time to no avail. When I really want it, I’ve gone to NY Noodletown, which has an okay version, but its better than the other places which have anywhere from bad to awful versions. Recently, I was finally able to stop by for lunch.
The restaurant is very bare bones with plain wooden tables with menus that have pictures on them and an open kitchen and counter; not much more décor to speak of other than that. The service is pretty gruff, but it is quick. The menu is translated into English, I’m not sure how well they speak English, but the menu has pictures and English, so you should be fine.
Onto the food:
Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup (with noodles on the side):
While I like both versions, I prefer this version slightly. The preparation is the same except the noodles are put on the side as opposed to in the soup. Also, the noodles are lightly tossed in oyster sauce giving them an extra flavor that I really like. As far as the noodles go, these were quite good. Cantonese wonton noodle soup uses thin egg noodles, the noodles should be al dente and have a good amount of “chew” to them and these definitely did. The oyster sauce really kicked up the flavor. The wontons were quite big; they were filled with shrimp and pork. The filling was quite good, the pork was well minced and the shrimps were fresh. The skins were good as well, they were definitely made there and were not overly thick or thin and importantly were not overcooked (most places overcook them and they get soggy). The disappointing part was the broth. The broth is usually made with some mixture of seafood (dried fish and / or shrimp) and pork bone. The broth here was lacking depth of flavor that you get from a great broth that has been simmered for a long time and it was a bit on the salty side. It wasn’t terrible, but was just okay. However, overall I thought it was tasty and is definitely the best wonton noodle soup I’ve had in NY although the competition is basically non-existent. 7.75/10 (7/10 for the soup base, 8/10 for the wontons and 8/10 for the noodles)
Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup:
Same thing except the noodles are in the soup with no oyster sauce. I think we all preferred the version with the soup on the side. 7.5/10 (7/10 for the soup base, 8/10 for the wontons and 8/10 for the noodles)
I’d definitely recommend coming here to check out a pretty decent wonton noodle soup. If they got a better broth going, this place would be excellent as the wontons and the noodles are quite good.
40-09 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354