MING'S BAR B Q: This undisputed king of authentic Chinese staples — including Peking duck — makes some killer rice plates. Any dish using the superb honey roasted BBQ pork is a sure thing. The "Young Chow Fried Rice" is a simple version laced with carrots, peas, pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and just enough oil to coat each grain of rice in a sumptuous slickness. But there are numerous other fried rice plates to suit any craving that strikes you. 5150 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-451-6985.
PENANG: Buford Highway regulars flock to this ethnic staple for some of the best Malaysian cuisine in Atlanta. However, the Thai dishes — especially the fried rice — deserve some recognition. The "Thai Fried Rice" appears in a mound of stir-fried rice, chicken, shrimp and vegetables tinted red from a spicy paste made with lemongrass. Another worthy order is the "Pineapple Fried Rice," which is stuffed with shrimp, fatty cashew nuts, eggs and shrimp paste, and served in a hollowed out pineapple half. 4897 Buford Highway. 770-220-0308. www.penangatlanta.com.
V1 BBQ & CAFÉ: V1's version of "Young Chow Fried Rice" has all the usual suspects — roast pork, shrimp, egg, green onions, peas and carrots — but the Chinese sausage takes it to another level. The kitchen's light hand with the soy sauce allows the ingredients to shine. 3940 Buford Highway, Duluth. 770-623-1136.