Roast Pork Wonton Soup Battle Royale: Main Noodle House vs. Hing Won

Main Noodle House
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.

Roast Pork Wonton Noodle Soup

Main Noodle House’s Roast Pork Wonton Noodle Soup

Hing Won Roast Pork Soup

Hing Won’s Roast Pork Wonton Noodle Soup

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

13 Comments

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    Is that the place that used to be called “Big Bowl Noodle?”

  • IMO, the Main Noodle House soup with chow fun (preferred) or udon noodles are the only way to go.

  • Thanks, Brownie! This is news I can use.

  • Yes, this was totally delicious. Super juicy and fatty pork with that great chinese pork flavor, lovely wontons, and they make their own soup crunchy things!

  • How can anyone in their right mind eat their wonton noodle soups from a plastic container? Noodles soups of any kind are meant to be eaten fresh. Once it touches plastic it’s no good.

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      Noodles soups are meant to be eaten fresh??? And not in plastic containers which would prove to be like kryptonite to said noodle soups?!? That’s such a profound statement. Thanks for the advice as to the ways of a true epicuriean such as yourself. What’s the next tip? How everyone should be eating their Snickers candy bar with a knife and fork? Your comments appear to add no value and are a means to pad your foodie ego. I would like to remind you that Main Noodle House and Hing Won are not Michelin rated 3 star restaurants. So please don’t be a fun-stealer (hor-fun pun intended!!!) to those who eat their noodles in quart containers. They just might not have a Ming Dynasty noodle bowl or silver spoon in the office readily available to embrace a meal the way a couth person like you would…

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      There you go again, Midtown_Eater. All your comments are meant to put others down while “trying” to portray yourself as the internet’s #1 gastronomist.

      I’ll amuse you by answering your question. I don’t enjoy eating out of Styrofoam, but sometimes it’s not a choice for people when they’re on the run. Try ordering a street meat combo on their finest china. If they serve you, I’ll pay for your lunch. Now please stop padding your ego with your “profound” comments on food. Please?

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    You can get a choice of noodles at Main Noodle House. I always order it with Cellophane noodles .

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