The Minty’s Wonton Party: Noodle Boy

Wonton and sliced beef noodle soup

It’s been a little more than 7 years since I’ve been to Noodle Boy. Every now and then I chase the best wontons in the San Gabriel Valley (and elsewhere in Los Angeles proper, Seattle, Hong Kong and anywhere where you can find those lovely pork and shrimp dumplings). I am most fond of the Cantonese style which is what I grew up eating. I do like spicy wontons and the ones found in other cuisines like Thai food but Cantonese / Hong Kong wontons are really the best kind. That bouncy shrimp goes so well with pork. And the broth is also very important.

Somewhere along the way, Noodle Boy garnered the unofficial title of best wontons in the SGV.

I had to revisit those giant wontons just to make sure.

The four of us shared this one bowl of sliced beef and wonton noodle soup. We also got a bowl of fish balls and another bowl of wontons.

As it turns out, I really liked the sliced beef. It was so tender! If only they also had brisket and tendon. But perhaps simplicity is the key to their menu.

fish balls soup


The fish balls like the wontons are very large. These had a very uniform texture. I seem to recall these being better than in years past.

On to the wontons- so far I have covered those at Auntie Ping Kitchen and The Congee.

Noodle Boy’s wontons are better than those two. The wontons didn’t fall apart and although large, you can comfortably eat these.

I did however feel the soup was almost too subtle. I want that deep ocean-y taste. More dried seafood perhaps.

We’ll see where Noodle Boy places on The Minty’s Wonton Party list by the end of the week!


Noodle Boy

8518 E Valley Blvd., Ste B108, Rosemead, CA 91770  —  (626) 280-8963
Other Wonton Spots in SGV

Sam Woo

Happy Harbor

Noodle Boy (my original write-up from 2011)

Mr. Champion (Cantonese spot but wontons are just pork)


LA Spots

J&K Hong Kong Cuisine (Chinatown)

New Dragon (Chinatown, recommended)

Uncle John’s Cafe (DTLA)

China Cafe (DTLA)


Beyond LA

Ho Ming Kee (Hong Kong)

Mak’s Noodle (Hong Kong- one of my two favorites in HK)

Tsim Chai Kee (my other Hong Kong fave)

Hong Kong Chef (San Jose, CA)

Canton Wonton House (Seattle)

Mike’s Noodle House (Seattle, not recommended)

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