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*Good* fried rice

mira Aug 16, 2006 03:07 PM

I'm craving chicken fried rice -- and *not* the toxic, soy-saturated, orange or brown crap that is served in most local Chinese restaurants.

For more than a decade, every time I'm in London I go to New Diamond on Lisle Street for a heaping plate of the most delicious chicken fried rice in existence. The rice is white, fluffy, glistening; the chicken is breast meat, cut into thin strips; there's plenty of egg. It's full of flavor; it's fantastic. I've heard the rest of the menu at New Diamond is great, too -- but I can never get beyond the chicken fried rice, because it's so wonderful, it's all I care to eat.

Unfortunately, I won't be in London again any time soon. HELP! Is there anywhere in the 5 boroughs to have a wonderful chicken (or beef, or vegetable) fried rice, treated with integrity and love by the chef?

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    euroskip RE: mira Aug 18, 2006 04:17 AM

    Yes. Although I too love fried rice, it's rare that you remember a place for its FR dish.

    I strongly recommend SWEET AND TART in chinatown. It seems touristy, but that's b/c it's modern Hong Kong style. The food is very authentic and very creative.

    They have a crystal fried rice which is fantastic. There is no soy sauce added, but it's the only fried rice I have ever remembered a place for.

    Oh, and sit downstairs.

    let me know what you think,


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      squid kun RE: euroskip Aug 19, 2006 06:57 AM

      The Times reported earlier this month that Sweet-N-Tart had lost its lease and closed. It said the Flushing location was still open.

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        euroskip RE: squid kun Aug 19, 2006 11:38 PM

        oh, man. that sucks. guess i have to find a new place that has crystal fried rice.

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        jen kalb RE: euroskip Aug 23, 2006 05:22 PM

        I remember they had good fried rice dishes too - for example, with lettuce in it. Fresh bean sprouts, sweet onions and even thinly sliced fresh cabbage are great as fried components in fried rice - a little sesame oil with the eggs, white pepper and a garnish of torn up cilantro leave are also nice

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        kickfromhell RE: mira Aug 18, 2006 05:43 PM

        any of the spice thai restaurants have very good fried rice also.

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          cazique RE: mira Aug 22, 2006 04:11 PM

          I love Joya's fried rice in Cobble Hill.

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            food_connoisseur RE: mira Aug 24, 2006 04:40 PM

            Big Wing Wong has awesome fried rice.

            1. welle RE: mira Aug 24, 2006 08:32 PM

              Sapporo on 49th street has great chahan - japanese version of fried rice. You have to like the pickled ginger though.

              1. jenniebnyc RE: mira Jan 22, 2007 05:13 PM

                There are a few things that are standouts at Ollies Brasserie. The first is their fried rice...the second their ribs. Many on this board have negative comments on this place, but the one night I went it was good. I have order takeout a few times and if you stick to basics you'll be OK....fried rice and ribs. They make a good hot and sour soup as well.

                1. bigjeff RE: mira Jan 22, 2007 06:56 PM

                  just a note; the most delicious type of chicken fried rice is the "salt fish, diced chicken fried rice" which sounds like what you were eating in London, also xian-yu-ji-ding fried rice; no soy sauce, just anchovies, white meat chicken, egg, maybe some spring onion, and some salt. very simple, and usually found on most chinese menus.

                  1. bolletje RE: mira Jan 22, 2007 11:34 PM

                    Chanoodle has really good fried rice. It's the only thing I've ever eaten there, actually.

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