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Dec 19, 2007 02:18 PM

Inexpensive Chinese Take-Out for 120 people?

Tall order, I know. My family is feeding about 120 day laborers and their families on Saturday at 11:00 am, and we decided to get a lot of Chinese food (there will be other stuff served but this will constitute most of the food.) I tried ordering six gigantic party platters of food from MVP BBQ To Go on San Gabriel and Valley, their food is pretty good and very inexpensive (with the "buy 5 platters get one free" deal, it would have been under $200 for 6 HUGE trays (2 each) of chow mein, sweet and sour pork and beef and broccoli), but the problem is they can't have the food ready until 11:00 am, and I need the food by 10:15 a.m. at the latest (serving at 11:00 in Malibu). The current plan is to pick up the food Friday and reheat it Saturday morning but I'm stressed about the work involved, my oven not being big enough and that the food won't be very good as essentially leftovers.

So does anyone have any ideas for a Chinese place that (1) does very large take-out orders, (2) will be decent food (need not be great), (3) will be about as inexpensive as MVP would have been and (4) ready on Saturday morning, 10:15-10:30 am at the latest? The event is in Malibu so I'd prefer the Westside but am willing to drive to Chinatown or even SGV if need be, but it would mean the food would need to be ready that much earlier.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Forgive me, I can't remember the name, but there's a steam table chinese place that does inexpensive party platters in the mini-mall on the SW corner of Lincoln and Rose. They're actually quite good for that type of place - I especially like their pepper chicken. But go by and taste - the owners are nice and accommodating and might even deliver to Malibu.

    They also serve Louisiana Fried Chicken - good but not great. But I don't think you'll find a better deal anywhere in Santa Monica and certainly not in Malibu.

    1. There is a place at Lincoln & Washington, south east corner, next to the 7-11. Have had the food and it is good, not great, but good basic, maybe try it and see what they can do for you. Good Luck!
      PS The New Won Kok in Chinatown might be able to do it, they open early

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        The place at Lincoln & Washington is Chow's Express, and I believe they open earlier than most Westside Chinese restaurants. Besides New Won Kok you might check with Tai Wong (711 New High) or L.A. Dimsum, (638 N. Broadway), the two most economical eateries in Chinatown that do a lot of business with the fixed income elderly residents of Chinatown, yet have serviceable food. I suspect they open fairly early. As I recall a full plate of noodles costs only around $1. Lucky Deli (706 N. Broadway) may be another early open option, though not quite as rock bottom cheap as the other two places.

      2. CBS in Chinatown does party trays and opens up early. I'd expect they would be cheaper than places in the SGV.