Wondrous wonton soup: 3 picks

Ten Ten Asian Sushi Bistro in Mt. Sinai

Ten Ten Asian Sushi Bistro in Mt. Sinai has a menu focused on the cuisines of Southeast Asia, with a small sushi bar and an intimate, dimly lit dining area. (Feb. 6, 2012) (Credit: Doug Young)

The dumpling known as the wonton, said to have originated in Canton during the 17th century, became popular in Hong Kong after World War II and ultimately found its way to North America.

While it can be made any number of ways, most frequently, wontons are filled with pork and boiled before going into a chicken-based broth. Since the word wonton translates as "swallowing clouds," the rule is the lighter, the better.

J&C 68 RESTAURANT, Farmingdale

At this Chinese-Japanese restaurant, the broth is savory, the pork-filled dumplings exceptionally delicate.

HAIKU ASIAN BISTRO, Woodbury

The wonton soup at this casual pan-Asian spot is especially fine; the light, convoluted dumplings filled with a flavorful pork and shrimp mixture.

TEN TEN ASIAN SUSHI BISTRO, Mount Sinai

Light house-made shrimp and pork dumplings turn wonton soup into a must at this fusion bistro.

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