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Aug 7, 2010 06:48 PM

In Search of NYC Style pork fried rice american style

I grew up in NYC, I know that the fried rice I am searching for is NOT authentic Chinese style, but because I grew up with it... I love it, and I would love to find a place around Berkeley or SF that makes it like this.

You know what I'm talking about right ? Made with dark soy sauce, has green onions in it, pretty salty with nice sized chunks of pork. The call it small town fried rice some places, and then they call it american style other places.

Does anyone else enjoy this as much as I do ? ? ? ? If so , please let me know where to find it.

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  1. I don't think you will find any fried rice similar to the stuff you like. Fried rice is a leftover dish, made with bits and pieces. Every cook has his own method, and it is often not consistent. If you have particular ingredients that you like, ask for it. You might try some of the better places, for ideas. R&G, Great Eastern, etc.

    Great Eastern Restaurant
    649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. I do not know any specific restaurants that make what you are talking about but I suggest that you start looking in places that have little to no Chinese population, in older less ethnically divers areas.

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      1. re: chefj

        2nd that...find a mom and pop restaurant in the suburbs that's friendly and ask them to make it the way you want. Sounds like it's mostly a matter of adding soy sauce...or perhaps a little oyster sauce. Might take a few tries but the description is so generic I don't see another way.

        1. re: ML8000

          it might not oyster sauce. it could be molasses. koon chun makes it, called "thick sauce"

          1. re: ML8000

            there is a product, sweet soy sauce, which has the texture of oyster sauce. might be that.

            1. re: alpine chef

              molasses, thick soy, sweet sauce are all the same item. different names.

        2. I meant to say Diverse not "divers" sorry

          1. upfront, i have no idea what the dish tastes like but it looks like the soy sauce and the seasoning may be key to the dish. some ingredients are exclusive to n,y. saltiness doesn't sell on the west coast.
            where did you get the fried rice? fast food? upscale? all over n.y? one specific region?
            pinpointing the source may lead you to the same results on the west coast.

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            1. re: shanghaikid

              Generally all over NYC .... I am heading there next week , and might just have to take a picture of it while I am there. There used to be a Shanghai restaurant on Clement Street that had some amazing fried rice , but I think they went out of business . . .

              It's a funny search , I know... but I am determined to demystify this most untraditional non Chinese Chinese dish. Pictures to follow soon.

              Great points about the molasses , and thick sauce. I've tried before , but didn't get it to work.

              The search continues !


              more to come soon .

            2. Try Fortune Cookie in Oakland. Reviews on the other board seem to indicate they have the 'traditional' american fried rice.

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              1. re: rotiprata

                Wow, I wish I would have checked back on this thread sooner. Thanks Roti! so far Fortune Cookie is the closest I have found ! I was really happy when I went in last night. At first I was skeptical, but when I told the lady what I was looking for, she seemed confident that she had the goods. Sure enough. I'm having the rest for breakfast today.

                1. re: hermele

                  Always great to hear when quests are fulfilled . . . four years later or not. Happy for you.


                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    There is another "American Fried Rice" thread on here which mentions Chefs in El Cerrito. I am going to pay them a visit too.


                    1. re: hermele

                      Admire your dedication!

                      (and thanks for the email)