A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 14, 2018
“What’s the heaviest soup in the world?"/"Wonton soup.”

A “wonton” dumpling sounds like “one ton,” and there’s a riddle:

Q: What’s the heaviest soup in the world?
A: Wonton soup.


“In 1411, the heaviest soup ever made was recorded in China. Weighed won ton” was printed in the Miami (FL) News on October 13, 1975,

“Every time I eat Chinese I feel like I weigh won ton” and “How much does a dumpling weigh?"/"Wonton” are other puns on “wonton.”


Wikipedia: Wonton
A wonton (also spelled wantan, or wuntun in transliteration from Cantonese; Mandarin: húntun) is a type of Chinese dumpling commonly found across regional styles of Chinese cuisine.

13 October 1975, Miami (FL) News, Herb Rau column, pg. 7B, col. 6:
Weather, the Well-dressed Weaverman, gets thumbs down for his latest “this date in history” gag: “In 1411, the heaviest soup ever made was recorded in China. Weighed won ton.”

28 February 1980, Tallahassee (FL) Democrat, “Dynamite Daffy-nitions,” pg. 17A, right masthead:
Won ton --
the heaviest soup in the world.

22 January 1983, The Home News (North Brunswick, NJ), “Silly Square,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 4:
Q: What’s the world’s heaviest soup?
A: One-ton soup.
-- Scott Kinelski, 10, North Brunswick.

April/May 1997, Children’s Playmate Magazine (Indianapolis, IN), “Jokes and riddles,” pg. 11:
Question: What is the heaviest soup in the world?
Answer: One-ton (won-ton) soup!
Jonathan Hsu
Dublin, Ohio


Reddit—Jokes
What’s the heaviest soup in Asia?
submitted May 22, 2014 by Zoooted
Wonton soup!

Google Books
Scooby-Doo’s Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes!
By Michael Dahl
North Mankato, MN: Capstone Young Readers, A Capstone Imprint
2015
Pg. 107:
What’s the world’s heaviest soup?
Won-ton soup!

Reddit—Jokes
What’s the heaviest soup?
submitted July 26, 2016 by rocknexus
One ton soup.

Reddit—Dad Jokes
What is the heaviest soup in the world? (self.dadjokes)
submitted September 14, 2018 by kayin1288
Won Ton Soup

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, September 14, 2018 • Permalink