J & J Wonton Noodle House
1012 Fort St
Hours: 11am to 2pm,
4:30pm to 8:30pm
Phone: (250) 383-0680
When an operation touts their specialty is with wonton, my craving for this wonderful dumpling is better served at home, here in beautiful Victoria, BC than going to the mainland. The shrimp & pork style is the best. For those craving one protein than both, the single variety can be ordered. This operation was very accommodating by taking my order while I was waiting for a seat. Like a ramen shop, I easily popped in for a bite even though other people were here for dinner. When people are opting for the latter, I recommend making a reservation!
Wor style is preferred over traditional. Not only are the dumplings bigger, but you get more bang out of your buck. In this visit, I opted for simple and it’s my fault for not realizing how hungry I was. Even on a quiet day, to see this place is always busy is very good.
The broth is like golden ambrosia. The noodles are fresh and the greens are always crunchy, if not the most understated part of the meal. If wonton is not desired, there’s BBQ duck (it’s mouth-wateringly good), spicy tofu, ginger beef, braised beef, Hunan style shrimp and squid to consider. This place is not a one-hit wonder with the dumpling, but rather a place to satisfy many a Chinese food craving.
They also serve chow mein and many other regional delights from this country. I’m never here for those (plenty of operations in town fight for this honour, and I have yet to find the definitive place that makes me want to return on a regular basis). When I want that refreshing fondness of how grandma made my wontons, I’m here than for the style my mom makes them at these days. She always forgets the beef (technically, the prawn) that I so love.
4 Blokes out of 5