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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.

Charm Thai Kitchen

Outstanding garlic crab fried rice at Charm Thai Kitchen in Rancho Bernardo!

Lemongrass Thai Food

Quick one today! I’m no fan of the Pad Thai at Lemongrass Thai Food, however their fried rice dishes are outstanding. Here’s the “Combination Fried Rice”, made with stir fried steamed jasmine rice with egg, chicken, beef, pork, onions, tomatoes, green onions, etc. Only $10.95.

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Outstanding fried rice bowl with beef at Pei Wei!

Pei Wei Asian Diner

The outstanding fried rice bowl is probably my favorite thing to order at Pei Wei. Perfect with their lean, flavorful, thin sliced steak. Just a great all around meal in a bowl. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of fried rice.

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