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1st Fried Rice Test/ The Orient Restaurant, Bel Air, MD
I decided to try the fried rice at the Orient Restaurant, Bel Air, MD. David Huang is the owner of two other restaurants, one in Nottingham and the other is in Towson.
The best gauge for me to judge a good fried rice is to order "Young Chow Fried Rice." This is the rice that most native Chinese as well as Chinese Americans are used to. There are more delicious ingredients, peas and carrots, onion, chicken, beef and shrimp. It's not as salty as the traditional fried rice and no artificial coloring is used.
The Orient fried rice was perfect from the grain texture, wasn't mushy and not undercooked. Perfect texture. The ingredient portion was spot on, just enough shrimp that wasn't overcooked, slices of beef and chicken and egg in proper proportion. So by comparing fried rice, I needed to order a small order or else I'll gain ten pounds quickly.
There is a special aroma generating fried rice. When stir frying fried rice in a wok at extraordinary high temperatures, the combination of heated soy sauce and heat creates what is known as "wok hay." The fried rice had that unique aroma, a very good sign of a fried rice prepared.
You won't be disappointed with The Orient's Young Chow Fried Rice whether it be in Bel Air, Nottingham or Towson.
David is usually at the Bel Air, Restaurant during dinner time. Call ahead to see if he will be there and let him know that Chef woo can highly recommends the Young Chow Fried Rice. He may know me as Stuart Woo.
My rating is on a scale of 1 to 5 is 5.
His restaurant also offers a relaxed comfortable atmosphere.
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocanmaryland.com