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Jul 28, 2013 09:49 AM

Fried Rice frustration in Milwaukee...

I have recently been searching high and low for a respectable serving of Fried Rice in this place, and have been disappointed at every turn. Any recommendations?

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  1. Have you tried the Chinese Fried Rice (福建炒飯) at Fortune? They also offer the Hong Kong version. It is one of the better versions in the Milwaukee area. Quite frankly you can make it at home as good or even better than anywhere I have had it in Milwaukee.

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    1. re: Fowler

      Thank you. I'll give it a go and report back.

      I'm not really looking for anything "authentic"...but rather the unadventurous, but reassuring, "comfort food" that was the staple of the Chinese restaurants of my 1960s childhood. Perhaps I'm looking (for lack of a better term) for "retro-Americanized" fried rice. I'm surprised (and slightly embarrassed to admit) that this sort of dish has an appeal that transcends "authenticity". On the other hand, there are probably worse culinary crimes....

      1. re: Fowler

        Is the the Fortune on HWY 100 near National?

        1. re: Fydeaux

          There are two locations. One on Hwy 100 and Oklahoma and one further south on Hwy 100 near Grange. The southern Fortune has two menus, American and Chinese. I'm not sure if the location near Oklahoma has two menus. I have only been to the Fortune near Grange in Hales Corners.

          1. re: Living4fun

            the Oklahoma location definitely has 2 menus. I only ever order off the Chinese menu (their beef chow fun is really good!). And oftentimes I'm the only white person there amid a lot of Asian faces-- that's how I know it's THE place to go for Chinese food. I have a friend who does a lot of business over in China & he said Fortune is as good as any place he's eaten over there. I consider that the best recommendation..

      2. Well...I at last have found my Milwaukee dream fried rice. The only problem is that the restaurant, WOK CUISINE, is located in a far north-western suburb of our fair city:

        Shoreview, Minnesota.

        1. my search for decent fried rice, I think I have stumbled upon something better....the purple sticky rice at "Long Chen Noodles and Grill" on North 76th Street. Having an absolutely splendid serving of chicken curry and a fine egg roll along with the rice certainly helped! I highly recommend this charming cafe located in the back of the Phongsavan Hmong Market Place. A Milwaukee treasure!

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          1. re: Altoclefgus

            Thanks for the report! I have never had a purple version of sticky rice but it sounds interesting and well worth a try.

            How would you describe the neighborhood?

            1. re: Fowler

              The cafe may be a Milwaukee treasure, but the neighborhood certainly is not. Some industrialized parts of Milwaukee manage to be quaint and picturesque, but not this one. It is grimy and depressing. This makes the Hmong Market Place all the more alluring. It stands out as an exotic, colorful island siting in the middle of an ocean of urban sprawl. The purple rice was a colorful dish in a colorful cafe; a welcome distraction form the sad ambiance of North 76th street.