Gll Wonton has nearly 80 restaurants all over Shanghai, all open 24 hours, they also deliver. Convenience is the key word here. The wontons are stored frozen, so this isn’t fine cuisine. The surroundings are moderately dirty, the ambience dull, and the staff inconsistent. Without much style, no English menu, and no real buzz the reason we’re writing about Gll Wonton is simply about the Wonton.
Despite their wonton being frozen, they taste pretty good. Some people say wonton are like ravioli. But they’re nothing like the Heinz Ravioli in Tomato Sauce which we grew up on. In Mandarin Chinese the name is hún tún, 馄饨; and in Cantonese the name is yún tūn, 云吞. You’ll see both names used on their menu, but what you get is the same. A pastry wrapper made of wheat flour. Usually filled with pork. Plus everything from fish, to eggs, to mushrooms, and celery, shrimp and chicken.
Your favourite will surely be different from ours, though we liked the taste and texture of the Egg Yolk and Pork Wonton (dàn huáng xiǎn ròu hún tún – 蛋黄鲜肉馄饨). The Calabash and Pork Wonton (xī hú lú xiān ròu hún tún 西葫芦鲜肉馄饨) taste great, and the Calabash is known in traditional Chinese medicine as an ancient remedy for health. Whatever your order, you can (for an extra 1 RMB) order some Chili Sauce, Sesame Oil Paste, or Tomato Sauce to add to your soup, or to dip your wonton into. See some pictures here.
The menu is displayed on hanging wooden tags, turned over once sold out. So identifying what they have in stock is complicated. We suggest you print this menu translation, go in and ask what’s available. They also deliver (find your local store to get the phone number), Chinese Pod have a lesson on having food delivered.
The addressess of all stores can be found on this pinyin and Chinese address list.
Cross-posted from http://www.likealocal.cn