Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fat Rice

Location: 2957 W Diversey
Cost: About $35 per person

My long time best friend, Josh, and his fiance, Lonnie, are two of the more frequently appearing people on JEC. They both don't like Mexican food, typically stay away from treif, and Lonnie admittedly is somewhat less adventurous. The other night she was busy with school, and Josh and I took the chance to hit up somewhere with some menu items that were a little out there. That's how we ended up at Fat Rice.

Fat Rice is a small corner spot in Logan Square. They've got a bunch of bar seating and a few tables in the crowded L shaped dining room. We took the bar spots to avoid any wait. There was no problem parking on the street.

The bar tender took care of us nicely. The beer list wasn't all that extensive, but with Lion Stout I was good to go. Our food took a really long time, but we got the largest, most complex dish on the menu which made the whole thing very understandable. It will probably run you around $35 per person with lots of splitting to be done.

The Food
The menu is broken down by dish size. We started with some of the small, in house pickled dishes. The Sichuan Eggplant was our favorite, followed next by the thick slices of pickled Smoky Tofu and Mushrooms, and then the Sour Chili Cabbage.

The Sour Chili Cabbage

 The Smoky Tofu and Mushrooms

 The Sichuan Eggplant

A large dish is probably good for 2 people to split for the whole meal. We decided to go with the extra large item, The Fat Rice. This cast iron dish came packed with sausage, roasted pork, chicken, prawns, salted duck, littleneck clams, and a tea egg over a bed of sofrito rice. I thought it would be a mess, but there was plenty of each item and all of them were identifiable. The duck was moist with some crispy skin left on. The prawns were gigantic (heads on). The sausage had a kick and was probably my favorite item. All of the ingredients married well and left a base of rice soaked in pure deliciousness. Plus, when the cast iron crisped up the rice on the edges, it made me want to chip off any remaining scraps I could find.

The Fat Rice

The food at Fat Rice is great for sharing, and they've got some combinations that you might not try elsewhere. My only regret was that we didn't have more people to try the rest of the menu with. I guess that's what going back is for. I'm giving them 4.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. Sichuan Eggplant is one of my go-to dishes~ stoked to try this dish, especially because you mentioned it was your favorite. Being a texture-person, was the eggplant fried then sauteed or steamed? Cheers and xie xie

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