Archive for September 2nd, 2010

Fried Rice

This week, I had the opportunity to try fried rice from several places. First up is chicken fried rice from here: http://www.bangkokchefexpress.com/. I was heading to a meeting and the fried rice seemed like the safest selection. I didn’t want to have garlic, onion, or curry breath when talking with people.

Chicken Fried Rice from Bangkok Chef

The texture was about right (not too dry and not too moist). The addition of cucumber slices and Chinese parsley was a nice touch. I liked that jasmine rice was used.

For fried rice #2 this week, I went with my cousins P & B to here: http://www.nicospier38.com/. I tried the fried rice plate. The ingredients include ham, portuguese sausage, bacon, green onions, kamaboko (Japanese fishcake, and one egg any style.

Fried Rice Plate at Nico's Pier 38

This is what I consider “local” style, where everything including the kitchen sink is thrown into the mix. B said that their favorite chef was not working that day and that the fried rice was not up to standard. I thought it was decent enough. The texture was on the moist side.

Since I had fried rice on the brain, tonight, I did a take out order of chicken fried rice from here.

Menu from Joyful Garden

I was going to go to our favorite chop suey restaurant (Kin Wah), but thought a change might be interesting. I didn’t realize until I got home that I ordered chicken fried rice from two places in the same week.

Chicken Fried Rice from Joyful Garden

The serving was huge, probably enough for three or four people. I liked that they added lettuce to the mix. The taste was a little mild for me. Not to worry, after taking out about two-thirds of the rice for storing, I added chopped green onions from our planter pot. It was all good.

Chicken Fried Rice, Customized

While all of the fried rice this week were good, it’s still hard to beat the fried rice from Kin Wah.

By the way, I’ve lately started to carry one of these bottles whenever I know I’m going to eat out.

Japanese Pepper

They are less messy than trying to carry hot sauces and I have better control of where I want the pepper.

The green bottle contains sansho “pepper” which according the Wikipedia is the same as Szechuan pepper (see posts last month). It has a woody, lemony, and tangy taste. This is my favorite among the three (and most expensive).

The orange bottle is a mix of red pepper, orange peel, sesame seeds, seaweed, ginger, and sansho. The taste is spicy and sweet.

The red bottle is just red pepper. The orange and red bottle cost about the same.

The journey continues.


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