Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.
It's nearly impossible to mis-order at Deep Ellum's Monkey King Noodle Company — the menu is small but filled with memorable bites. One that really sticks with you: the wontons in chili sauce, a dish that's well worth the $7 price tag.
Flavorful pork is hand-wrapped in a thin wrapper, steamed and topped with fresh herbs and a spicy chili sauce made with soy sauce and black vinegar base blended with Monkey King's house chili oil. These little guys are delicate — if you're not on your chopsticks A-game, you're likely to make a mess of things — but pack an incredible punch of sweet, spicy, doughy, umami flavors, all of it complemented by the bright crispness of the fresh herbs like cilantro and scallion on top.
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If you're adventurous — and it's not 5,000 degrees outside — ask to try Monkey King's wonton soup. It bears little resemblance to the sodium-laden monstrosity that comes delivered lukewarm from most American-Chinese restaurants.