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St. Louis (or New York?) Style Fried Rice

Have lived in Los Angeles since 1982 and can't get that old style, dark colored, St. Louis fried rice. You know, the stuff they made at all those take-out places. No peas and carrots but bean sprouts. Out here, all the fried rice is very light colored and loaded with peas and carrots.

My favorite was Park Chop Suey and went there every time I came back. I guess he sold the place and opened some restaurant out in the Chesterfield area.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Park Chop Suey
1321 Chouteau Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103

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  1. I'm a little confused by your post. Are you trying to find St. Louis style fried rice (I never realized we had a style) in LA or in St. Louis? If the latter, there are zillions of little carryout places all over town. If the former, then you're going to have to post on the LA board I'd imagine, although some travelers on this board may have some insight.

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    1. re: alan

      Meant In St. Louis. I travel there at least a couple times a year. As for the style, that's why I wrote St. Louis (or New York?). I think it's maybe just old school Cantonese?

      Do you have any specific locations for some carry-out places I can try?

    2. Park Chop Suey moved to 1321 Chouteau Ave Saint Louis,MO 63103. It is roughly 4 blocks from the Park Ave location. The last time I was in St. Louis, we had take out from Park Chop Suey and it was every bit as good as it was when I was a kid.

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      Park Chop Suey
      1321 Chouteau Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103

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      1. re: ameliemarie

        Thanks ameliemaria. I'll give them a try again. Do you remember Steve Yuen, the original owner and do you know if he still has a place?

      2. I'd bet any restaurant mentioned on the recent thread about St. Paul sandwiches will produce the fried rice you seek (a friend took me to one the other night by the Hi-Pointe Theater behind the honking big Amoco sign at Skinker and Clayton that could probably do it)

        they even called it Fired Rice on the menu.

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          1. re: marymac

            I was remarking on their spelling. I can only assume that's what they meant.

            1. re: hill food

              I see that now. Duh on me. Yes, there are often misspellings on Asian menus.

              1. re: marymac

                yeah that's a whole other topic on the General board

        1. Found one. Wang's Wok, in the Loop at 565 Melville, around the corner from Blueberry Hill. Good beef fried rice and great pork fried rice.

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          Blueberry Hill Restaurant
          6504 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63130

          1. For the best chicken fried rice in town, you must try

            Bing LAU Chop Suey
            (314) 652-8822
            3101 N Grand Blvd
            Saint Louis, MO 63107

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            1. re: STL314

              I'm always a little skeptical of posts from people with absolutely no posting history exclusively touting a particular establishment. Just sayin'.

            2. well i am still looking for perfection in this too
              Li yuan is close http://www.yelp.com/biz/li-yuan-resta... and there is decent one at bowels and 141 think it is called panda i allways add extra beansprouts
              the recipe for this is with the chicken velvets recipe in the joyce chen chinese cookbook

              1. I'm not confused at all...you have to be from StL to really understand the difference in good fried rice. My friend...I've been on the east coast for over 20 years and have traveled the globe and there's nothing better than good old StL fried rice, you'll just have to make your own...check out this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4uXU... ps. Young's Chinese in St. Louis is amazing, it's near the airport not far from the White Castle's 314-426-4055. God bless you in your fried rice satisfaction.

                1. the rice house in two locations in Florissant have the closest to what use to be more common here in the past

                  1. Some of the best fried rice I have tasted is at Pho Manchester....

                    1. There appears to be a specific style of fried rice found in St. Louis and nowhere else. Certainly not in New York. It's as described by the poster and some say the best is found in East St. Louis. It appears to originate in some of the poorer neighborhoods, especially African-American. One magazine interviewed a jazz musician from East St. Louis who now lives in Atlanta. They asked him what he will do if he ever returns to his old stomping grounds. "he’ll be sure to fill his childhood taste for fried rice.Where is the best fried rice in town? 'Everybody will tell you the best is the one right around the corner from where they grew up.' " One poster on a St. Louis board wrote "you can't get that fried rice like that NOWHERE. I don't even eat fried rice because I can still remember how the [expletive deleted] in the Lou tastes." "If you ever get a chance," wrote another poster, "get some East St. Louis Fried Rice. It's like going to Philly for a Cheese Steak." Another uniquely East St. Louis Chinese restaurant creation is the St. Paul Sandwich... egg foo young on white bread.