I grew up in St. Louis, where fried rice was dark. Could not have been just from soy sauce. Never heard of fried rice with carrots and peas, till I traveled out of the city. Still ask for my fried rice without carrots and peas. St. Louis had scores of walk up Chinese places. I have been told that the style was like New York Chinese. Any suggestions for the Western side of LA?
Dark fried rice is old-style Cantonese-American, yes...it's dark from the soy sauce.
Carrots & peas is probably standard because it's easy to do....peas and carrots come frozen already mixed....just add to fried rice.
Do you like that dark kind of fried rice or not?
Hong Kong style will not be dark.
My favorite fried rice is at Koraku in Little Tokyo on 2nd Street. Koraku is like a Japanese coffee shop.
Kind of a meal in itself. You can get the plain fried rice, you can get curry fried rice or topped with a shrimp omelette and gravy. Couple pieces of carrots for color...no peas.
314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
On the west side of town if you like dark fried rice go to Canton Kitchen. Not sure if they make it with carrots and peas...ask. But, they're old school Cantonse-American take out only. They were in the Jackie Chan movie Rush Hour 2.
12511 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
You are looking for a Canto-Indo style fried rice (or nasi goreng).
Try Rowland Garden Cafe in Rowland Heights. Fried rice with sweet dark soy, and no veggies whatsoever. Sunday Cafe (in Rosemead) and KT Cafe (Monterey Park) also offer it, but I think Rowland Garden does the best iteration.
Rowland Garden Cafe
18406 Colima Rd
Rowland Garden Cafe
18406 Colima Rd Ste H, Rowland Hghts, CA 91748
If you want really good fried rice find a restaurant that serves Hawaiian style food. There is never any peas or carrots. It's usually rice, soy sauce, green onions and maybe eggs. The meat can be bacon, spam (an island favorite) or portugese sausage. Oh man is it good! If you're interested, I can also tell you how to make it.