I love wonton soup, always have , always will.
Truth be told, much of it is a sentimental thing, as I remember eating a bowl of wonton soup as early as age four. When I got sick as a kid, my dad would always bring me home a vat of it. Nowadays, restaurants don’t tend to put much love into wonton soup. It’s the boring inclusion on a combination plate, usually served in a tiny cup that takes about two minutes to down.
But there’s good news. If you love wonton soup as much as I do, you really need to check out Pho Thanh My. It’s listed as “M2” on the menu and is a massive bowl of broth, filled with wontons, thinly sliced pork, chopped green onions, and cilantro. Here’s the thing that separates this wonton soup from many others out there … PTM serves its standard plate of herbs, sprouts, and jalapenos with it, just like they do with their pho. So, in essence, it’s this kicked up, awesome version of a classic.
The wontons, themselves, are pork-filled and have a nice, firm bite to the wrapper. They are they star of this soup, as they should be. I think it’s absolutely essential to add the jalapenos and sprouts to the soup. You probably don’t want to eat the actual slices of jalapenos if you’re a wimp like me, but resting them in the broth as you eat adds an amazing flavor to the soup.
At $8.95 for a huge bowl, you’re also talking about an excellent value, as I’ve yet to consume it all. Just be careful, if you’re a slob like me, you might not want to wear the best clothes. Much like a good bowl of pho, this wonton soup tends to splatter.
Listen, this post isn’t meant to knock the pho at PTM. It’s solid, but I think Mike’s Cafe is a tad better. When I want pho, I go there. When I want great wonton soup … the best I’ve found in Little Rock … I go to Pho Thanh My.
Side note, service tends to suck sometimes at Pho Thanh My, but it was spot-on for yesterday’s lunch. Fast, friendly, and very attentive, it was nice to see the service match the great food.
Pho Thanh My
302 N Shackleford Road
Open Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.