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Best Fried Rice in LA!!!

A5 KOBE Aug 6, 2009 10:42 AM

Title says it all. Where can I get THE BEST fried rice. Not Thai, not Japanese, not Hawaiian, not American please.

So far my favorite is Din Tai Fung's shrimp fried rice. Is there some place better?

  1. ipsedixit Dec 27, 2010 05:21 PM

    I'm going to add another contender to the "Best Fried Rice in LA" thread ...

    Bull Demon King Cafe in Temple City.

    The Imperial Fried is outstanding -- light, airy, with scrambled egg that's not overcooked -- and it even reheats well.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      J.L. Dec 27, 2010 08:19 PM

      Investor #1: "Hey, what should we name our new restaurant? How about Bull Cafe?"

      Investor #2: "Nah, too blase. Plus, people will think we only serve beef. I got it! Let's name it Bull Demon Cafe! You know, a bit more mythological..."

      Investor #1: "Great! Now we just have to add the word 'King' to it, since every restaurant has to have a title, yes? Look at Dumpling Master, Kingswood, Empress Harbor..."

      Investor #2: "I love it."

      ... and thus, Bull Demon King Cafe was introduced to the world...

      1. re: J.L.
        Ciao Bob Dec 27, 2010 10:22 PM

        And, why don't we serve the spiciest, burningest, craziest beef noodle soup anyone ever even thought of trying to eat? Tellin' ya, that Sh-t is holocaust-hot.

    2. A5 KOBE Sep 27, 2010 02:33 PM

      I would like to add two more contenders. Duck House in Monterey Park and Happy Harbor in Rowland Heights both have excellent fried rice.

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      Happy Harbor Restaurant
      1015 Nogales St # 126, Rowland Heights, CA

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        landru64 Sep 25, 2010 09:59 PM

        seriously, the best fried rice is at dumplings 10053. like crack. no joke.

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          Burger Boy Sep 26, 2010 01:42 PM

          What is in the fried rice at 10053

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            ipsedixit Sep 27, 2010 09:54 AM

            10053 has Shrimp, Pork, Shrimp & Pork, and Veggie only fried rice.

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          lgusti Sep 16, 2010 03:03 PM

          1. Nasi Goreng Istimewa - Little Malaysia, El Monte
          2. Duck Fried Rice, Mixed Bowl, Pomona
          3. Duck Fried Rice or Fried Rice with Crispy Salted Fish, Sanam Luang, Pomona
          Their crispy salted fish is different than the Chinese version
          4. Shrimp Fried Rice, Din Tai Fung, Arcadia
          5. Takana Fried Rice, Shin Sen Gumi, Gardena or Rosemead

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          Din Tai Fung Restaurant
          1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

          Sanam Luang Cafe
          1648 Indian Hill Blvd, Pomona, CA 91767

          Little Malaysia Restaurant
          3944 Peck Rd Ste 8, El Monte, CA 91732

          1. Vince S Sep 7, 2010 10:44 PM

            My personal fav is Phoenix though. Yang Zhou style. They diced up Chinese sausages and their scrambled eggs (in the fried rice of course) are fluffy. Not dried out over cooked eggs.

            Just a quick tip for the rest. The rice is the key here. You can't compare Japanese FC to Cantonese FC. The short grain rice just doesn't work so well for FC. And yes, Taiwanese FC falls under the short grain too. DTF's is short grain hence not my cup of tea.

            Jasmine rice is the perfect rice for FC and guess what? It has to be cooked rice that sits overnight . Or at least, for several hours. So that each grain of rice is can be flavored properly and not stuck in lumps. Short grained rice tend to have this texture no matter how you stir fry them.

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              Charles Pepper Sep 7, 2010 11:24 PM

              Which Phoenix is this?

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              Jerome Sep 6, 2010 05:51 PM

              My fave is very light, no soy sauce, traditional Yangzhou fried rice at Giang-Nan on Garfield in Monterey park. it islight enough to be used as a regular starch with the dishes you may order.

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                Mxyztplk Sep 6, 2010 04:10 PM

                Emerald Thai in Culver City. Best Shrimp Fried Rice I've had so far.
                9315 Venice Boulevard
                Culver City, CA 90232-2621
                (310) 836-6860

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                  LL1 Dec 23, 2009 07:02 PM

                  Uncle Chen in Encino. Pork Fried Rice. I am all about enjoying the Asian bounty LA has to offer, but my NY husband swears there is a thing called New York-style Chinese food. Why travel to Encino for NY-style pork fried rice, when we have the best Asian cooks in the world here in LA? Because Uncle Chen's pork fried rice is *&^%@! good. Crispy white onions, peas and carrots, and tons of pink, char-sui pork.

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                    lapizzamaven Sep 6, 2010 08:00 PM

                    O my God! I cant believe anyone called anything at Uncle Chens edible let alone something to swear by...i made the mistake of eating there once last year and ,until this comment, i had banished it from my culinary memory...Jeez! and the Sea Harbour crab and scallop i thought the rice should look like its been cooked...i guess you like it "light" ...i thoought it was merely steamed with the ingredients tossed on...the only dish, other than some chicken feet i accidentally ordered...

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                    Uncle Chen Restaurant
                    1025 Casitas Pass Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013

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                    degustateur Dec 23, 2009 02:51 AM

                    Crab and Dried Scallop Fried Rice at Sea Harbour in Rosemead. Light 'n white. Fluffy, not stuffy. Not greasy; goes and stays down easy.

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                      selfportrait93 Dec 22, 2009 03:21 PM

                      I have always ordered and reordered the chicken with salted fish fried rice from Sam Woo.

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                        Galen Dec 22, 2009 10:23 PM

                        Chicken with salted fish fried rice is my favorite too. You figure any Chinese restaurant that serves salted fish (hom yee) knows what they're doing. So any Chinese restaurant that serves it will do. I always ask if they'll fry the rice a little crispier.

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                        jaymor Aug 7, 2009 04:33 PM

                        shinsengumi has a booth at the gardena marukai market on redondo beach blvd (not the one on western/artesia)....they have a japanese fried rice that i drive all the way there just to have it...sometimes the cashier does not know that it can be ordered by itself so persevere it's quite filling if part of a combo order......their hakata ramen restaurant has it too but does not taste as good.... at least in my opinion......

                        i will try DTF fried rice

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                          js76wisco Aug 7, 2009 01:58 PM

                          Try the fried rice at Ronin. I know you said no Japanese but I think this qualifies more under the fusion category. They top it with a nice fried egg which mixes in well with all of the other ingredients.

                          I also submit dol sot bibimbap. They have a lot of great versions around Ktown but my current favorite is Park's BBQ. The kimchee fried rice is spectacular especially when you get the crunchy pieces scrapped off the bottom.

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                            Ciao Bob Sep 7, 2010 01:38 PM

                            Ronin on La Cienega? GONE.

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                            Burger Boy Aug 7, 2009 01:17 AM

                            Shaka's in Alhambra.

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                              A5 KOBE Aug 7, 2009 09:13 AM

                              Shaka's is good also....but i feel there are so many that are just as good.

                              Daikokuya makes a mean kurobuta pork fried rice that is damn good and is nearly the same style as Japanese Hawaiian.

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                                Burger Boy Aug 7, 2009 09:59 AM

                                Rutt's Hutt in Culver CIty. Teri House on 1st, just east of Vermont.

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                                  Burger Boy Aug 7, 2009 02:05 PM

                                  I forgot to add at Teri House be sure to ask for an egg on top!

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                              AndyGanil Aug 6, 2009 09:50 PM

                              Yang Chow Fried Rice at Full House Seafood Restaurant in Arcadia

                              1. ChinoWayne Aug 6, 2009 05:27 PM

                                We really go for the "Yang Chow Fried Rice" at Wang's Palace in Monrovia, with morsels of pork, chicken, shrimp and scallop along with some scallion, egg.

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                                  odub Aug 6, 2009 07:29 PM

                                  For those on the Westside (and those not), I absolutely would recommend trying the chicken biryani at Jasmine Market in Culver City. It is, by far, one of the most satisfying and comforting fried rice dishes I've ever had. Better than bacon fried rice even (and that's high praise).

                                  It's a combination of 1) heat, 2) spices, 3) the chicken buried under the steaming rice (very arroz con pollo style) and did I mention the spices? Incredibly tasty and nourishing.

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                                    wilafur Aug 7, 2009 12:07 PM

                                    thanks for the heads up. will def try the chicken biryani.

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                                      Vince S Sep 7, 2010 10:38 PM

                                      Yep very comforting indeed. Have you tried Zam Zam Market? It's just round the corner and I heard their chicken biryani is better.

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                                    Chandavkl Aug 6, 2009 12:25 PM

                                    The best category of fried rice in my opinion is the egg white dry scallop version found at many of the large Hong Kong style eateries. This is usually relatively pricey, though Silver & Gold Amazing has a $5.95 version that is the best fried rice value in town. But my personal fried rice favorite is from Mario's Peruvian at Melrose and Rossmore, though I have yet to go up the street to Los Balcones de Peru (past where Rossmore turns into Vine) which some people say is better. Note that many of the Peruvian restaurants in LA are operated by Asians from Peru, so good fried rice at these places is not a stretch.

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                                      J.L. Aug 6, 2009 12:39 PM

                                      Chifas is considered a legit genre of Peruvian cuisine. I agree with Chandavkl.

                                      This is Japanese, but the fried rice made teppanyaki-style at the Garden Grill at the Kyoto grand Hotel at the end of the teppanyaki meal, using the gristle from their high grade beef as base, is quite decadent and shouldn't be ignored. Jackie Chan ordered 10 boxes of this stuff for him & his posse when we ate there last time (not that it denotes anything Chow-ish).

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                                        aventinus Aug 6, 2009 08:20 PM

                                        I"m not sure that category is my favorite, but it's a good kind, and it seems to be along the lines of what the OP wants. You could try Ocean Seafood in Chinatown for this (fried rice with crab meat and dried scallop).

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                                          coconutz Dec 28, 2010 01:50 AM

                                          I have had delicious fried rice from the Lomo Arigato gourmet food truck.
                                          http://www.mobilecravings.com/lomo-ar...

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                                          Arigato
                                          31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy Ste J, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

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                                            Tripeler Dec 28, 2010 06:17 AM

                                            Lomo Arilgato, Mister Roboto|?

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                                              Jase Dec 28, 2010 08:01 AM

                                              Lomo has good fried rice. First time I had it, I was pleasantly surprised about the "wok hey" in the rice. Especially since it is a truck. He does manage to get a good heat output for the woks.

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                                            Clyde Aug 6, 2009 12:19 PM

                                            my favorite -though may not be what you are looking for -is from singapore's banana leaf. their nasi goreng (their version of fried rice) is amazing and i haven't had other fried rice since i've tasted theirs. i always add tofu.

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                                              JamesF Dec 23, 2009 11:15 AM

                                              I'm also a fan of the fried rice at Singapore's Banana Leaf and I don't particularly like fried rice or Singapore's Banana Leaf.

                                            2. Professor Salt Aug 6, 2009 12:13 PM

                                              DTF's version is awesome in a subtle way. I'll ditto that.

                                              But you'd do yourself a disservice by dismissing the Hawaiian fried rice with bacon at Back Home in Lahaina. It's a double bass to DTF's violin.

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                                              Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                                              1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                                              Back Home In Lahaina
                                              519 E Carson St, Carson, CA 90745

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                                                A5 KOBE Aug 6, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                Don't me wrong, I love all types of fried rice but the one at DTF is addictive. The green onion flavor just permeates throughout the dish and the shrimp are so flavorful and sweet. I guess it is the combination of those things that makes it my number one place.

                                                I have been to Back Home in Lahaina and it is decent, but I feel that the portuguese sausage fried rice at TnT cafe is my favorite Hawaiian style fried rice.

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                                                  Professor Salt Aug 6, 2009 02:55 PM

                                                  Thanks for the TnT rec. If you think it's that much better better than Lahaina, I'll have to schlep down there for lunch some time.

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                                                  TNT's Aloha Cafe
                                                  24032 Vista Montana, Torrance, CA 90505

                                                  1. re: Professor Salt
                                                    A5 KOBE Aug 6, 2009 02:59 PM

                                                    It is all in the portuguese sausage, by far my favorite in town. They do it homemade patty style which is my favorite. They also do a bacon fried rice there but why get that when you get it at a multitude of places.

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                                                      Professor Salt Dec 22, 2009 02:55 PM

                                                      I finally checked out TnT today. Got the portugese sausage fried rice as part of the char siu plate. While the bits of sasuage were good, I was hoping for a little more oomph from the rice itself.

                                                      The char siu was a big letdown. Overcooked, and underseasoned pork loin, which is an easy part of the pig to make dry. Oh well, win some, lose some.

                                                      Oh on a positive note: at least once a week, I've been getting the garlic rice at Tita Celia's, which comes with their breakfast platters. It's a different, Filipina take on fried rice loaded with bits of toasty fried garlic pieces. I'm not sure if it's available later in the day or not.

                                                      Tita Celia's
                                                      621 W. Carson St (NW corner of Figueroa behind the KFC)
                                                      Carson, CA 90745
                                                      310 834 6289

                                                      1. re: Professor Salt
                                                        monku Dec 22, 2009 03:07 PM

                                                        Some reason Japanese and Hawaiian char siu is always dry. Chinese char siu is made from pork butt.

                                                        TnT is famous for their home made Portuguese sausage patties when they were the Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop. A recipe I've asked for many times and told it was a secret. I'm pretty sure it's just ground sausage mixed with pepper flakes, but they go great with eggs.

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                                                          monku Dec 22, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                          If you're in Little Tokyo sometime hankering for some good fried rice check out Koraku on 2nd Street, kind of a Japanese diner.

                                                          Fried rice plain, fried rice with gravy, fried rice with shrimp omelette and gravy on top or they will add curry for curry fried rice.

                                                          314 E 2nd St
                                                          Los Angeles, CA

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                                                            monku Dec 22, 2009 06:28 PM

                                                            Pic of plain fried rice at Koraku

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                                                            Koraku
                                                            314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                                                             
                                                    2. re: A5 KOBE
                                                      flylice2x Sep 27, 2010 05:07 AM

                                                      How abouot Gardena Bowl? It's preety good

                                                  2. liu Aug 6, 2009 12:06 PM

                                                    I second Din Tai Fung's shrimp fried rice. It is very buttery.

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                                                      RoachCoach Dec 29, 2010 07:24 PM

                                                      I like it too but I don't think that's butter...it's lard baby!

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                                                        J.L. Dec 29, 2010 10:26 PM

                                                        Praise be to the lard.

                                                    2. Servorg Aug 6, 2009 11:38 AM

                                                      What about Korean? Like Kimchi Fried Rice (Bokumbap)?

                                                       
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                                                        peppermonkey Dec 22, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                        another korean
                                                        reduced goat soup fried rice with a mess of nori at chin go gae

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                                                        JBC Aug 6, 2009 11:26 AM

                                                        Not Thai, Japanese, Hawaiian, or American; well then, what about Fusion ?

                                                        Duck Fried Rice ~ 9th picture down:

                                                        http://lizziee.wordpress.com/category...

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