12 Unique Fried Rice Dishes in Metro Manila You Have to Try!


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Aaaah rice, the side dish that binds all of Asia. You can hardly picture any decent meal without a good cup of rice on the side. But being the crafty Asians that we are, plain is never enough. Frying up some rice just brings a new level of flavor to rice and makes it a meal in itself with all the combinations of meats and seasonings you can add into it. Basically the point of this intro is – fried rice is the BOMB!

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From Filipino to Chinese, here are some of the finest fried rice dishes in Manila that’ll surely have any Asian drooling!

Special Sausage Fried Rice – Bai Nian Tang Bao

Bai Nian Tang Bao is a soup dumpling specialty restaurant. They serve an array of Chinese fried rices, noodles, and hot dishes but people come for the soup dumplings. The best to go with any of their dumplings is their special sausage fried rice! Read our full feature here.

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Uptown Parade, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0927) 770-3740

Bagoong Fried Rice – The Noodle Studio

The Noodle Studio gathers the best noodle dishes around Asia into one modern setting, offering classics such as Pad Thai and Beef Brisket Noodles, as well as new “creative” dishes like the cold noodles with Hainanese chicken. Their bagoong fried rice has all the good stuff like shrimp paste, pork, egg, green mango, dilis, and peanuts. Read our full feature here.

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2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig
(0928) 389-8583

Chinese Sausage with Dried Shrimps Fried Rice – Char

Hailing from Singapore, Char Dining PH specializes in Cantonese food with Western influences. Included in their signature dishes are the roast dishes and the Char Siew. Read our full feature here.

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2/F Uptown Parade, 38th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 809-1452

Kimchi Rice & Bacon – Gourmet Gypsy

Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe offers International cuisine and is owned by Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco. This cafe boasts of different crafts and style from all over the world. Their bestsellers include the Spaghetti Al Nero, Vietnamese Beef Stew and Mini Elote Mexicano. This rice gives a good hit from kimchi and the richness from a thick slab of bacon plus a good ol’ fried egg! Read out full feature here.

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25 A Roces Ave, Quezon City
(02) 662-0880

Nasi Goreng Packet – Restoran Garuda

Hailed as “Indonesia’s most popular restaurant”, Garuda has branches in Medan, Jakarta, Singapore and is finally in Manila to give us a well received Southeast Asian high five. Their Nasi Goreng Packet gives everything you need with Sate (choice of chicken, beef, vegetarian, tofu sate), Fried Egg, Pickled Vegetables, Krupuk, and the highlight of the dish, Nasi Goreng. Read more here.

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G/F Beneficial Life Building, 166 Salcedo St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 824-3440

Spam Kimchi Fried Rice – Little Bear Diner

Little Bear is a globally-inspired new wave diner that regularly updates their menu to highlight different themes and dishes. This rice creation has crispy breaded spam, kimchi fried rice, musubi sauce, pineapple preserves, pickles, and a sous vide egg. Read more here.

Note: This restaurant is closed for now.
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23 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(0917) 819-0650

Rabokki Upgrade – Kko Kko

Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes from owner Grace Lee and her mom. This one requires you to enjoy some noodles first! Order their Rabokki and after you’ve slurped it all up, you can upgrade and revive your “tira” to a rabokki fried rice. The upgrade comes with Korean rice, spicy Korean ham, sesame oil, and nori strips. They fry the rice in front of you or you can opt to mix it up yourself. This one’s worth it, trust us! Read more here.

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Steak Fried Rice – Teppan Okochi

Teppan Okochi is a fine dining Japanese restaurant by Grand Chef Akihiro Okochi of Osaka, Japan. They serve dishes like okonomiyaki, Hiroshima oyster teppanyaki, wagyu teppanyaki, and unagi. Anytime you order any of their steak sets or courses it comes with an assortment of sides, but our highlight here is the the rice which they fry up in the steak drippings and bits of steak, surely a dleicious treat! Read more here.

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Unit 7, G/F Ore Square Building, 31st St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 813-0051

Canton Road Signature Fried Rice – Canton Road

Canton Road offers a modern touch to the traditional Cantonese food. This casual dining restaurant offers roasted barbecue meats, dim sum and family set meals. Their signature fried has all your favorite seafood goodies like sea urchin, shrimp, and Australian scallops.

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2/F Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort, 30th St corner 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 820-0888

Sincerity Cafe – multiple branches

Our Fried Chicken is one of a kind, good to the last bite, crispy-tender, best tasting chicken in Town! Try their renowned Kiam Pong fried rice, originated by founder Lim Bee Uy herself.

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University Fried Rice – Manam

Home of the best Sisig in Manila and a homegrown concept by The Moment Group, Manam specializes in serving up comfort Filipino food in classics and twists in small, medium and large portions perfect for any occasion. This fried rice includes fried eggs (yum!) and slices of beef (YUM!!!).

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Sinangag na Sinigang – Kanin Club

Kanin Club started out as a humble restaurant in the province of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. One of their best-sellers is undeniably, the Sinangag na Sinigang–a Sinigang converted into fried rice. Their rice has that familiar “sinigang taste” in it,  but the addtion of tempura-fried vegetables and thin slices of pork belly give it a nice new twist. It’s so good— you have to try it to believe it!

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