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Nov 2, 2013 07:11 PM

Where is your favorite place for fried rice in San Diego?

I ask because I had a pitiful plate of fried rice at the new FuAn Garden.

That said, FuAn is doing some pretty interesting stuff, and may be the best Sichuan restaurant in San Diego these days.

Anyway, back to my original point. Where is your favorite fried rice found?

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  1. Hands down, MSG and all...

    ...Lao sausage fried rice from Sab-e-Lee.

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    1. re: SaltyRaisins

      I love the wontons in chili oil sauce at FuAn Garden. I tried to recreate it at home with disappointing results. I've been eating there a lot lately, think it might be as good as Spicy City.

      I like the spicy fried rice at Sab E Lee (I order it with beef and heat level 3).

      1. re: SteveRB

        Have you tried the spicy won tons at Liang's?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          No, I've never been to Liang's, I will eventually. Is that a dish you like there ?

          1. re: SteveRB

            Yes, and I think the dry spicy wonton dish at Liang's is better than the version at Spicy City

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yes...funny. The wonton in chili oil is probably my favorite thing there, and I always order it. Not to turn this into a thread about Liang Mama, but I order that and nou rong juan bing and a bowl of beef broth with extra tendon. The nrjb isn't anything special, but certainly qualifies as comfort food. Extra cilantro makes it better.

              I wish wish wish there were someplace doing really good Taiwanese food here. Even railway style bento would be rad. Liang Mama is there, but I sometimes feel like they're cooking a couple of times a week and microwaving/quick frying on the other days.

              So for fried rice, what's good in your opinion?


              1. re: SaltyRaisins

                Aside from Liang, the only other place in SD with respectable Taiwanese fare is probably Lai Chen up by UCSD.

                Infinitea was doing some good Taiwanese stuff for a while, but then they had a kitchen turnover.

                As to fried rice, people are probably going to hate me even more than they already do, but in SD if I ever get a hankering for fried rice, my default choice is probably Benihana at this point until I find something better.

                  1. re: SaltyRaisins

                    I've never had the fried rice at Sab-E-Lee. I usually go for the pork neck, fried chicken and the raw beef

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Yes, their fried chicken is delectable.

                      Try their fried rice soon. Got nothing on Benihana, and I love Benihana. Rocki Aioki and the Cannonball Run!

                  2. re: ipsedixit


                    I mentioned this post to hubby and he said, "Why do you think I always meet my niece there (at Benihana) for dinner after my appointment at the VA?"

                    There are never any leftovers taken home for me.

                    1. re: Gypsy Jan

                      You married a wise man.

                      He not only has good taste in fried rice, but apparently even better taste in women.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Thank you (blushes and looks down).

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      "people are probably going to hate me even more than they already do"

                      People of low taste and personality.

        2. Crab fried rice at Eddie V's. Yum.

          1. Notwithstanding your dismal fried rice, we had a couple of pretty good dishes (home-style chicken and sizzling shrimp) at Fu An last evening. The food was good but the service was remarkable by any standard let alone the low bar for service on Convoy. This could be a real differentiator in the local Chinese restaurant scene.

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            1. The place I love to get fried rice is Vietnamese. It's called Saigon Express in Escondido. The house fried rice is outstanding... Not fancy just delicious.

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              1. re: Sh4dowf33t

                What kind is the house fried rice?

                I had a pretty good version of cơm chiên chay at Saigon on Fifth.