China Village vs. China Chili: Wor Wonton Soup

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Natalie Miranda
Wor won ton soup at China Village.

With just a few weeks to go of acceptable soup weather, we've had a hankering for wor wonton. Both China Village and China Chili serve commendable wor wonton soup, so we decided to put them to the test and see whose bowl is best.

In this corner: China Village

The Setup: Furniture from the '70s, wood-paneled walls and Chinese art fill up the restaurant and add to the character. So does the staff -- quick to guests and offer a joke or two. The menu offers guests Chinese selections of Hunan, Mandarin, and Szechuan cuisine.

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Natalie Miranda

The Good: The wor wonton soup comes in a flavorful chicken broth full of lettuce, carrots, and scallions, giving a bit of crunch to balance the tender wontons. Chicken, beef and shrimp also accompany the dish, giving it something more to savor. Unlike other wor wonton soups, China Village does not hold back on the quantity of wontons, so you're not left with a bowl full of broth and vegetables.

The Bad: The pork inside the wontons lacked any flavor, so even though the soup was full of other extras, most of the flavor came from the broth.

Location Info

China Village Restaurant

2710 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

China Chili

302 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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7 comments
Mason Yin
Mason Yin

Obviously 2 completly dishes separated by one word . Failed.

Jennifer Potapa
Jennifer Potapa

China chili pillow pockets are the best thing ever!!!!

fledflew
fledflew

This is a comparison of two different soups.  Wor wonton soup and wonton soup are two different things.  China Chili does not offer Wor Wonton soup - they only offer wonton soup.  Wor wonton soup includes the bbq pork and vegetables; wonton soup does not - it is just broth and wontons.  This would explain why the version at China Chili didn't have the additions.  If a comparison of wor wonton soups is to be had, you should make sure that you are comparing the correct menu items. 

trunchar
trunchar

I've been to both places, all be it a while ago. The last time I went to China Chili's was approximately 4 yrs ago. I had  had a craving for Chinese food that day and didn't eat anything else that day because I knew I was going to go to China Chili's that afternoon. I got a to go meal and ate the meal at home. Anyhow, I threw up that night and was sick for 2-3 days. Haven't been back to China Chili since. I would love to find a decent sit down chinese place that at least appears clean. I went to Miu's last summer but the day we went, they were having some sewer issues(WTF?) and there was a sewer odor I could smell through the whole meal - did I mention it was a hot summer day and Miu's has this odd warehousish kind of set up. Our go to place was China Max in Tempe closed down last year. China Village is just a 60s style Americanized Chinese food establishment. They do that well and there's nothing wrong with that. I do wish the owners would update the place. I don't think they realize how shabby and worn out the place looks. 

wackus4
wackus4

Maybe you should figure out which restaurants in phoenix have the best wonton soup before you do a battle of the dishes.

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