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Pei Wei Asian Diner

Beautiful fried rice bowl at Pei Wei in 4S Ranch! Sadly, this was the last meal I enjoyed here as this location recently closed. Most fitting since the fried rice bowls were my favorite here. Maybe someday I’ll find another Pei Wei in SoCal to replace them. Unlikely though considering only two left in San Diego and both nearly an hour away from me.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Thai fried rice and cheesy crab things at Pinto Thai in Ramona, CA!

Dragon Chinese Cuisine

I always love ordering my fried rice or chow mein “House Special” style! Such a tasty plethora of proteins. Beef, chicken, pork, shrimps, etc. Dragon Chinese Cuisine in Carmel Mountain Ranch is consistently excellent.

Iron Wok

Tasty house special fried rice at Iron Wok in Rancho Bernardo!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding fried rice with beautifully wok-seared flank steak! I love many dishes at Pei Wei but this one is definitely my favorite.

Oriental House

Back in Yuma! Seems like I was just here LOL. I was determined to find some good Chinese food on this trip and I did just that. I went to Oriental House on 4th Avenue. Or as the locals call it, “The O-House”. This is a really cool restaurant with just the right amount of funky. It’s obvious this place used to be some sort of diner back in the day. I ordered the House Special Fried Rice and it was outstanding! The won ton soup I started with was some of the best I’ve had. Looking forward to coming back here.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding dinner recently at Pinto Thai! Crab Fried Rice for $13.99. Made with fried jasmine rice, fresh crab meat, egg, green & white onions, peas, carrots and tomatoes in their special sauce. I’m not exactly sure what was “special” about the sauce, but it was a very good fried rice dish. 

This one did not have the traditional up front soy sauce flavor, it was more delicate and subdued. It did however have a great spicy note with unique, herbaceous and fresh tasting flavors. The consistency was on the drier side compared to most fried rice dishes I’ve had. You’ll find a liberal amount of crab throughout, although no lump meat! It mostly consisted of smaller bits of a more institutional, foodservice grade quality of crab. Fairly conservative amount of egg and green onion. Would have benefitted from more. For those of you who love cucs, Pinto garnishes most of their plates with several thick slices of cucumber. Acts as a nice cooling agent when you have a spicy dish.

This was a huge serving that could have been easily shared by two. I ate most of it and I’m pleased to report that it did not leave me feeling all bloated afterwards.

Pinto Thai

Outstanding Thai fried rice with the most exquisite crepe cake at Pinto Thai in Ramona, CA!

The Boat Sushi & Thai Cuisine

Kind of a sketchy Thai restaurant in El Segundo with a tight parking lot, but really good crab fried rice!

Thai Dishes

Outstanding yellow curry fried rice at Thai Dishes in El Segundo! Delicious food, but if this place didn’t have such a depressing vibe I might visit more.

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