Wednesday, March 11, 2009

China Depot

I ate this whole thing.

I read about China Depot's pork fried rice on Best of LA a while ago and made a mental note to check it out sometime. When I finally made a visit, I wondered if I'd be disappointed. I mean, I wanted to believe that great fried rice could come from this place (it looks very similar to Panda Express and the chicken fried rice in the heating dish did not look good), but could it really be true?

Well, after my first bite, my doubts were put to rest. The BBQ pork is tasty and in small enough morsels to not overwhelm the rice. I also liked the addition of bean sprouts and cabbage a lot (I am rather obsessed with cabbage). The fact that the fried rice was cooked to order made a big difference in taste and compelled me to steadily finish the whole portion without pausing. THAT. GOOD.

Is it worth driving miles and miles for this pork fried rice? No, after all, it's just something very simple that has been executed well and I imagine the combo special items sitting under the heating lights are not as good due to drying out, etc. But, I am so thrilled to have this little place on my radar for a quick dining option for the weekend or before a movie at the Grove. I encourage you to give this dish a whirl the next time you're at the Farmers Market!

China Depot
6333 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036


White on Rice Couple said...

Very cool. We'll keep this in our radar next time we at at the Farmer's Market as well. Good to know. Thanks. Todd.

Marie said...

Hi Todd! I love you guys' recipes and photos, very inspiring stuff. Thanks for stopping by!