Roast Pork Wonton Soup Battle Royale: Main Noodle House vs. Hing Won
When I wrote about the Main Noodle House’s Roast Pork Wonton soup the inevitable question came up: was it better that the same soup at ML standby and perpetual Reader’s Poll Chinese Food winner Hing Won (on 48th btw. 5+6th)? Clearly this had to be put to the test.
Here are the contenders.
Here’s the ingredient by ingredient breakdown:
Roast Pork: I think you might get a bit more with Hing Won, but it wasn’t nearly as flavorful as Main Noodle House. Perhaps this is a function of not separting the goods from the broth? The pork was also just generally saltier and fattier–each piece I ate had some fat on it. Tasted more like a picnic shoulder than the sweet roast pork I’m used to. Winner: Main Noodle House
Wontons: In my Hing Won soup I counted 4 to Main Noodle House’s 5. HW’s also had thin wrappers, but they had a sort of fishy taste–tasted sort of like shumai to me but I didn’t see any shrimp bits. Winner: Main Noodle House
Vegetables: HW offered a couple pieces of bok choy and some shreads of cabbage and carrots. MNH had several pieces of bok choy and bean sprouts. Winner: Tie
Noodles: Hing Won’s noodle’s thinner than Main Noodle House and had a little bit less of a funky egg aftertaste. Winner: Hing Won.
Price: HW: $7.25 with tax. MNH: $8.00. Winner: Hing Won
Broth: HW’s broth tasted saltier. The broth wasn’t packed separately like at Main Noodle House so the noodles absorbed it almost immediately. Winner: Main Noodle House
At the end of the day, even though it’s 75 cents more expensive, I’m going to have to give the win to Main Noodle House.
Main Noodle House, 1011 6th Ave (btw. 37+38th). 212-869-0888
Hing Won, 48 W 48th St btw 5+6th, 212-719-1451