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Iso chinatown's best fried rice

Amsterdam Feb 28, 2008 04:25 PM

I have a huge hankering for some fried rice...any suggestions for chinatown? It can be veg or filled with meat, I don't care, I just want some tasty fried rice. One of my favorite bowls of fried rice comes from Benihana strangely enough. I just dont feel like having the whole benihana experience...just some fried rice. Thanks in advance

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    Low Blood Sugar RE: Amsterdam Feb 28, 2008 04:33 PM

    I'm a big fan of fried rice but I have some Chinese friends that say Chinese restaurants frequently use left over rice to make the fried rice. Is it true? :shrugs shoulders:

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    1. re: Low Blood Sugar
      wilafur RE: Low Blood Sugar Feb 28, 2008 04:43 PM

      day old rice makes the best fried rice.

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        Amsterdam RE: wilafur Feb 28, 2008 04:52 PM

        I agree! Any restaurant reccs. for rice?

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        Clinton RE: Low Blood Sugar Feb 28, 2008 05:37 PM

        Lots of restaurants use their leftover rice at the end of the day to make what is called "jook" or rice gruel mostly in the evening times. But then I personally like fried rice too. As a general rule I never select it when ordering for a banquet. For me it's "filler food" . Something to detract from the real delicacies being served. One is supposed to taste and savor everything and not to fill up on things like rice is what I was always told.

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          slacker RE: Clinton Mar 4, 2008 03:00 PM

          Totally agree with you about rice as filler. Fried rice was invented as a way to use leftover rice. But jook is made with raw rice, not leftover cooked rice. Maybe you're thinking of the true true peasant "dish" where boiling water is poured over the the rice stuck to the bottom of the rice pot, and thereby forming "soup"--which later became sizzling rice soup.

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        jillso RE: Amsterdam Feb 28, 2008 05:47 PM

        The only good fried rice I know of is in Glendale, Fortune Inn, the subgum house rice. Sorry, I never get down to Chinatown anymore.

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          BrookieStyles RE: Amsterdam Feb 28, 2008 07:57 PM

          The veggie curry fried rice at Mandarette on Beverly is DELISH!!!

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            Burger Boy RE: Amsterdam Feb 28, 2008 09:59 PM

            It is not Chinatown, but in Alhambra. Go to Shakas and order the bacon fried rice, with no pink & white stuff (kmobooku) (sp) and easy on the sauce. Then eat and be happy!

            101 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

            1. monku RE: Amsterdam Feb 29, 2008 04:49 AM

              Not Chinatown but Little Tokyo.
              Koraku-you can have it plain or with an omelette and gravy on top. (get it with the omelette and gravy on top). It's pretty close and I think better than Benihana.

              (I notice that Benihana uses butter when they make it.)

              314 E 2nd St (2nd Street at San Pedro)
              Los Angeles, CA 90012
              (213) 687-4972
              (Open late)

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                Low Blood Sugar RE: monku Feb 29, 2008 12:14 PM

                Koraku..yes! That's the Tenshinchan: fried rice topped with a shrimp omelette and covered in gravy. It's ridiculously good. Making fried rice at home is really easy and comes out great.
                1)Cook rice. Let it cool to room temperature(this lets the grains shrink a little bit, allowing them to soak up more flavor)
                2)Fry it in pan with a little bit of vegetable oil, sesame oil, maybe a tsp or 2 of soy sauce, a tsp of oyster sauce, green onions, egg and pork.

                You'll be surprised how good it comes out.

              2. E Eto RE: Amsterdam Feb 29, 2008 06:09 AM

                In Chinatown, I like Golden City's dried scallop and crabmeat fried rice. They do something similar at Empress Pavilion, but the one at Golden City is just right.

                1. Hughlipton RE: Amsterdam Feb 29, 2008 06:12 AM

                  I really do eat in restaurants in Chinatown other than Hop Li but I must admit that Hop Li is my favorite and there BBQ pork fried rice is really good. If you are in the valley (Sherman Oaks) there is a little non-descript place in a strip mall at Ventura and Stansbury called MB. There BBQ pork fried rice takes me back to my childhood when fried rice had a lot of flavor going on.

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                    chowmominLA RE: Amsterdam Feb 29, 2008 03:36 PM

                    Not in or anywhere near Chinatown, but I couldn't resist posting that Din Tai Fung in Arcadia has the best fried rice -- ever. Tasty, non-greasy, very delicate. I get the fried rice even more often than the juicy pork dumplings. I like the pork fried rice (chopped pork in it), as opposed to the pork chop fried rice (pork chop on top) -- when I got the pork chop fried rice the pork chop was kinda dry.

                    1. fgrade RE: Amsterdam Mar 4, 2008 02:50 PM

                      i've yet to be disappointed at hop woo, they are open late and they have validated parking on the back, which is big in chinatown

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