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Chicken Fried Rice in SF Chinatown

Jim Leff May 11, 2006 10:41 PM

I have a friend who's really into chicken fried rice. Any great places for it in Chinatown or environs? Freshness of ingredients is paramount.


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    chocolatetartguy May 12, 2006 02:46 PM

    I don't eat it, but I would think that some of the restaurants mentioned recently in the Tomato Beef Chow Mein and Yee Foo Wonton posts would have the similarly retro chicken fried rice.

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    1. re: chocolatetartguy
      Dedrick Griffin May 15, 2006 05:04 PM

      Thanks everyone, I'm the friend that really likes Chicken Fried Rice and I will definitely be checking out your suggestions!

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      yimster May 12, 2006 11:40 PM

      I would like to recommed two places for your friend.

      Woey Loy Goey on Jackson near Grant and Utopin in Warley Place bewteen Washington and Clay.

      They will have two verisons the one with just chicken and one with salted fish. The salted fish is a taste you have to learn to like. But I like the food at both.

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      1. re: yimster
        Jim Leff May 13, 2006 02:02 AM

        Thanks very much, Yimster!


        1. re: yimster
          Joel Teller May 14, 2006 01:52 AM

          That's "Utopia" on Waverly Place.

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            osho Jun 7, 2011 12:41 PM

            Yes this is an ancient thread but I had an extreme craving for Salted Fish Chicken Fried Rice and I am happy to report that New Woey Loy Goey still delivers mightily.


            New Woey Loy Goey Restaurant
            699 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

            1. re: osho
              yimster Jun 7, 2011 12:52 PM

              Give Utopia a try too for salted fish and chicken fried rice

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                osho Jun 8, 2011 07:01 AM

                Yes - another brilliant place, I like Utopia too and would go there for lunch except they are open only at dinner, last time I checked.

                1. re: osho
                  grayelf Jun 8, 2011 09:19 AM

                  Good to know Utopia is dinner only now. When we first started coming to SF (pre-discovering-CH) we went a few times for their "tea snacks" menu after lunch which is of course gone. The salt and pepper squid was outstanding back then and appears to be still available for $8.20 (!). They also used to be closed Monday and are now open 7 days for dinner. Thanks for helping me keep my SF list up to date :-).

                  1. re: grayelf
                    yimster Jun 8, 2011 11:39 AM

                    They are still open for lunch. I normally go for lunch. I was there for lunch only three week ago and plan to go again soon for lunch. As for tea time lower price snacks I think they still do that too. I will check on that on my next visit and report back.

                    Their take on salt and pepper chicken wings is good too. The taste is there without a batter which I really like as good as Capital's on Clay.

                    1. re: grayelf
                      Joel Jun 8, 2011 12:37 PM

                      Adding a link, I hope

                      Utopia Cafe
                      141 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                        grayelf Jun 8, 2011 05:14 PM

                        Hmm their website is pretty lame -- just has delivery hours. There is a reference on the home page to happy hour from 5:30 but only if you can read Chinese. And it says they are open 7 days which was not formerly the case...

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                          yimster Jun 8, 2011 09:29 PM

                          grayelf, the hours for the happy hour is 3 to 5:30 PM. This was a favorite of Mrs yimster in her time. I have not been to the happy hours since she departed. But the portions are smaller but well done.

                          Mostly noodles, congee and other foods. I will see if I can get a translation later.

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                            grayelf Jun 8, 2011 09:32 PM

                            That's what I had in my notes, but their website now says 5:30-9:30?!

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                              yimster Jun 9, 2011 12:44 AM

                              I think that is the time frame they have delivery service. Not the best website I have seen. I will be there soon and check it out.

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                                yimster Jun 10, 2011 03:18 PM

                                Well, had biweekly family lunch today and I check the snack time menu served from 2:30 to 5:30 PM daily. You are right it is in Chinese only. Next time when we are not so rush maybe I can con my cousin to translate it for us. He was the only "good" one among us not be kick out of Chinese school. A fact he does not wear as a badge of honor. Most of the family got kick out quickly like me who lasted less than a week total time (quickest to be kick out).

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                                  chocolatetartguy Jun 10, 2011 06:10 PM

                                  Aren't you sorry now that you got kicked out? I know I am. Aside from the culinary advantages, there are the professional ones.

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                                    yimster Jun 10, 2011 07:12 PM

                                    I am sorry. Aside from limited read I have learn to speak well enough and am wise enough fake my way through a menu. I was able to order food in China in areas which Cantonese is not spoken. As for professional advantages lucky most Engineering paper are written in English. Well play sports seem more important in the day. Lastly I was smart enough to marry someone who could read Chinese.

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                                      chocolatetartguy Jun 10, 2011 07:15 PM

                                      Yes, I am sure that Li Na can get whatever she wants at any Mandarin, Cantonese or Chinese-American restaurant.

                  2. re: osho
                    abstractpoet Jun 8, 2011 08:52 AM

                    Not in SF proper and I don't think it has chicken, but I really love Cafe Salina's "Egg, Egg White, Salted Fish and XO Sauce Fried Rice" (金雙蛋炒飯).

                    Cafe Salina
                    235 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

                    1. re: abstractpoet
                      chocolatetartguy Jun 9, 2011 03:31 PM

                      I'm not into fried rice that much, but did have a very good version at Berkeley's Le Petite Cheval with lop cheung, shrimp and vegetables. They make it with chicken too. Hmmm, I guess I do like shrimp in some contexts.

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