Apr 24, 2020

Review: Trader Joe's - Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup

Trader Joe's Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup features chicken-filled wontons with vegetables in chicken broth.

I paid $2.49 for a 10.75-oz bowl.

The vegetables here include a combination of snap peas, cilantro, and carrots. The vegetables are a bit different from what I'm used to getting in a bowl of wonton soup at a Chinese restaurant in that there are usually no veggies to be found in the restaurant version. It's usually just pork or pork and shrimp wontons and some noodles in a flavorful broth in my experience. That being said, the veggies turned out well with both the carrots and the peas retaining a bit of crunch.

Unlike the more flavorful broth you might get in a restaurant (or other brand of frozen wonton soup), the broth here was rather bland and uneventful. At the very least, I was hoping for a chicken soup-like flavor but it didn't even get close. Instead, it tasted mostly of water, cilantro, a bit of salt, and a fair amount of black pepper.

It was in the wontons that I found the flavor that was missing from the broth. Beyond having a nice meatiness and a punch of seasoned flavor, there were tender inside and out. However, I only counted about five or six wontons, which basically meant counting the dull moments between getting to each precious wonton. Once the wontons were gone, I was left just trawling for vegetables.

When it comes down to it, Trader Joe's Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup suffers from a watery and cilantro-heavy broth that you can try to salvage with some salt and/or soy sauce. The wontons were tasty and the vegetables were good but they don't go very far.

Nutritional Info - Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup (305g)
Calories - 220 (from Fat - 30)
Fat - 3.5g (Saturated Fat - .5g)
Sodium - 1060mg
Carbs - 35g (Sugar - 6g)
Protein - 11g

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