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Who makes your favorite FRIED RICE?

ipsedixit Sep 7, 2006 09:11 PM

Or is fried rice pretty much all nondescript and fungible?

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    New Trial Sep 8, 2006 10:53 PM

    Not traditional, but I like the duck fried rice at JAR.

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      cincodemayo1 Sep 8, 2006 08:12 PM

      I know it's not as gourmet as some of you would like, but I gotta go with Benihana fried rice. It never fails! I've recreated it at home a few times and it's almost as good, but not quite. Nothing tops it. NOTHING!

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        banquisha Sep 8, 2006 06:34 PM

        The Basil Pesto Fried Rice at Mako is intoxicating...

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          condiment Sep 8, 2006 03:04 PM

          I admit a certain obsession with the mint leaf-fried rice (extra-spicy, please) at Sanamluang in Hollywood, especially at three in the morning. Excellent absorptive qualities. Possibly the only use of surimi ``crab'' I can ever remember liking.

          1. ladius Sep 8, 2006 03:46 AM

            Pearl's Oriental Restaurant in Monterey Park. Absolutely the greasiest and the best. YUM.

            1. Skorgirl Sep 8, 2006 02:11 AM

              Crab fried rice @ Khun Dang on Sherman Way in NoHo. I like it with a touch of sriracha!

              1. Will Owen Sep 8, 2006 01:16 AM

                The rest of the eatin' posse and I were fanatics for the salty-fish fried rice at Har Lam Kee, and then we discovered the much less harsh but more complex version at New Concept. I still love them both.

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                  jackt Sep 8, 2006 12:27 AM

                  sunshine restaurant in north hollywood. shrimp fried rice. the version with the shrimp paste. just had it last night. excellent.

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                    rbw Sep 7, 2006 11:12 PM

                    Din Tai Fung in Arcadia makes a wonderfully subtle fried rice, with a bit of scrambled egg, shrimp and peas; the rice itself is sublime, just glutinous enough without being sticky; this dish is light and even after finishing one order, you are almost ready for another.....

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                      tissue Sep 8, 2006 12:28 AM

                      Yum I love their fried rice.

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                      AquaW Sep 7, 2006 11:11 PM

                      I actually didn't care that much for Din Tai Fung's fried rice (and any non-dumpling dishes there, truth be told.)

                      Anyways, I love Saladang/Saladang Song's curry fried rice! But Yang/Fu Chow Fried Rice @ almost any HK Cafe in Monterey Park / Alhambra is yummy too.

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                        David Kahn Sep 8, 2006 12:01 AM

                        Really? One of my favorite dishes ever is the Shanghai rice cakes at DTF. I like it more than their dumplings even. Something about that combination of flavors and textures just really sends me over the edge. (Though I understand that some might not like their fried rice as much as I do.)

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                          Professor Salt Sep 8, 2006 02:28 AM

                          I'm right there with you on the Shanghai rice cakes. One of my favorite things at DTF.

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                            Ciao Bob Sep 8, 2006 04:45 AM

                            I'll take -- and eat -- the Shanghai rice cakes at Mei Long Village! Aamazing. But then it is the first place I ever had 'em.

                          2. re: David Kahn
                            AquaW Sep 8, 2006 05:34 AM

                            Oh I love shanghai rice cakes too -- DTF's is OK only, I'd much prefer homemade or another xiao long bao place that's in Prospect Plaza.

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                              David Kahn Sep 8, 2006 03:59 PM

                              Do you have a name/address?

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                                ipsedixit Sep 8, 2006 06:45 PM

                                AquaW is probably referring to one of 3 places:

                                Jin Jiang (or JJ), Mei Long Village, or Dragaon Mark. All at Prospect Plaza.

                                Prospect Plaza
                                301 West Valley Blvd.,
                                San Gabriel

                                1. re: David Kahn
                                  AquaW Sep 8, 2006 08:10 PM

                                  definitely not Dragoon -- JJ sounds more like it (been awhile since I went)

                          3. elmomonster Sep 7, 2006 11:11 PM

                            Peruvian Fried Rice at Nory's #3 in Lake Forest.

                            It's actually called Arroz Chaufa con Pollo.


                            1. David Kahn Sep 7, 2006 10:29 PM

                              Pork chop fried rice at Din Tai Fung (http://www.dintaifungusa.com ). Simple, subtle, and perfectly executed.

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                                ipsedixit Sep 8, 2006 12:09 AM

                                DTF Fried Rice ... too dainty ... no soul, no body.

                                1. re: David Kahn
                                  yum Sep 8, 2006 05:05 AM

                                  DTF HAS THE BEST!

                                  1. re: David Kahn
                                    oro3030 Sep 8, 2006 08:26 AM

                                    I also love their pork chop fried rice. For those that say no soul I would say "clean flavors" and elegant but still flavorfull.
                                    One man's beauty is another's beast.

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                                    derekp17 Sep 7, 2006 10:26 PM

                                    I like the seafood dried rice with xo sauce from maxim cafe in rowland heights.

                                    1. ozzygee Sep 7, 2006 10:24 PM

                                      Choza Mama in Burbank, which is actually a Peruvian restaurant (they call it chaufa and have several varieties).

                                      1. OCAnn Sep 7, 2006 10:22 PM

                                        Char-siu fried rice @ Ten Ten Seafood in Anaheim.

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                                          shabushabulova Sep 7, 2006 10:03 PM

                                          Kwon's in Pomona. A small little whole in the wall that serves mountains of food for their inexpensive plates. The chicken, shrimp and vegetables is usually what we order. One plate can actually feed 3 grown adults, but we ALWAYS order our own plates! I think a plate is around 6 bux.

                                          1625 W Holt Ave Pomona, CA 91768-3341 (909) 629-6888

                                          1. WildSwede Sep 7, 2006 09:32 PM

                                            I love the spicy fried rice from Chandra in Pasadena.

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                                              JBC Sep 7, 2006 09:30 PM

                                              The "Duck Fried Rice" at Chinois on Main - Santa Monica.

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                                                Itslikeimsayin Sep 7, 2006 09:27 PM

                                                Thai fried rice with chicken at Diho Siam in Mission Viejo.

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                                                  heckonwheels Sep 7, 2006 09:20 PM

                                                  The best I've had is at Shogun, the Pasadena location. Pretty much the only thing that lingers in my memory from there.

                                                  1. Chowpatty Sep 7, 2006 09:12 PM

                                                    I don't think it's all nondescript! I like the Chinese sausage fried rice at Ruen Pair, although it's closed at the moment.

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