Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village is an opulent restaurant on the second story of an Alhambra shopping plaza, with a menu the size of the fall issue of W magazine. You can be forgiven if you're overwhelmed by, well, everything, and don't make it quite to the end of the menu book, where the fried rice is listed almost as an afterthought. That said, try to remember to order it anyway, because it's fantastic: It arrives sizzling in a stone hot pot, the fluffy rice tossed with various Chinese greens and pointedly salty, smoky bits of pork. At the bottom of the pot, the real treasure: a thin, crispy, deliciously chewy layer of rice that anyone who's grown up on a lifetime of fried rice will happily grab and crunch on, even here, in the middle of the grandest dining room in the San Gabriel Valley. 250 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel. (626) 282-1777. —Tien Nguyen

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