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Fried Rice

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?

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  1. 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.

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

     
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    1. re: monku

      Thanks for the suggestion monku. I'll try it. I do like it dark but I also like the Japanese style I have had at Ramenya on Olympic and a place that's gone now, Yokohama, that was on Gateway.

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      Ramenya
      11555 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. re: mopeyboy

        Right, Japanese style. It's one of their popular selling dishes at Koraku. There's also one in Sherman Oaks. I've never been there, but I'm sure it's the same.

        Koraku
        14425 1/4 Ventura Blvd
        Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-2606
        (818) 906-0045

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

        1. re: monku

          Koraku makes my favorite fried rice in LA. Wish it was a little bigger portion though. There's a Koraku in Torrance too.

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

    2. 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.

      Canton Kitchen
      12511 Venice Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA
      (310) 398-0030

      1. mopeyboy, just a quick aside, because I didn't know you were from St. Louis: have you found any place that sells gooey St. Louis-style butter-crumb coffee cake in Los Angeles?

        -Harry

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        1. re: Harry Niletti

          Harry, I haven't looked but you might want to try this:

          gooeylouiecake.com

        2. 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 Heights
          (626) 913-1188.

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          Rowland Garden Cafe
          18406 Colima Rd Ste H, Rowland Hghts, CA 91748

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            My favorite fried rice is from Puro Sabor. I always ask them to cook it a crispier and they always accommodate. I've asked Chinese restaurant to do it and they always say no. Puro Sabor's fried rice is out of this world.

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            Puro Sabor
            6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

          2. Thanks for the replies and suggestions.

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            1. re: mopeyboy

              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.

                1. re: mopeyboy

                  We split the recipe over to our Home Cooking board so all of our home cooking hounds would get a chance to see it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/749596