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In Search of NYC Style pork fried rice american style

hermele Aug 7, 2010 06:48 PM

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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    OldTimer RE: hermele Aug 7, 2010 08:30 PM

    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. chefj RE: hermele Aug 8, 2010 10:38 AM

      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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        ML8000 RE: chefj Aug 8, 2010 04:38 PM

        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.

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          shanghaikid RE: ML8000 Aug 8, 2010 05:36 PM

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

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            alpine chef RE: ML8000 Aug 8, 2010 05:47 PM

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

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              shanghaikid RE: alpine chef Aug 8, 2010 05:57 PM

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

        2. chefj RE: hermele Aug 8, 2010 10:39 AM

          I meant to say Diverse not "divers" sorry

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            shanghaikid RE: hermele Aug 8, 2010 04:30 PM

            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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              hermele RE: shanghaikid Aug 9, 2010 03:16 PM

              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 .

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              rotiprata RE: hermele Aug 8, 2010 05:59 PM

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

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