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Aug 6, 2009 10:42 AM

Best Fried Rice in LA!!!

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?

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

    Duck Fried Rice ~ 9th picture down:

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

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      1. re: Servorg

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

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

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        1. re: liu

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

        2. 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.

          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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          1. re: Professor Salt

            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.

            1. re: A5 KOBE

              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.

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

              1. re: Professor Salt

                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.

                1. re: A5 KOBE

                  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

                    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.

                    1. re: Professor Salt

                      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

                      1. re: monku

                        Pic of plain fried rice at Koraku

                        314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                2. re: A5 KOBE

                  How abouot Gardena Bowl? It's preety good

              2. 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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                1. re: Clyde

                  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.