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oops, i forgot to eat again. now it's well past 11pm and i don't think i'm going to be finding any pan fried noodles any time soon.

there has got to be some chowy type place to eat late night. but after living here for six months i have yet to find it...help please.

pasadena is great. anything within 20 minutes driving of pasadena is also good. Thanks for the help.

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  1. Luk Yue, a quintessential HK-style greasy spoon, is open until 4 a.m.: perfect for after the bars close. Good Cantonese barbecue (try the pipa duck), although it tends to fade late at night; fried tofu stuffed with shrimp; ong choy with garlic; wonderful clay-pot rice dishes; pan-fried chow mein; Cantonese beef stew; innards galore.

    On Garfield, just north of Garvey, in Monterey Park.

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    1. re: Pepper

      A few of the other Chinese restaurants in Monterey Park/Alhambra/San Gabriel also open until 3 or 4 AM. If you get to one of these places after 2 AM, be sure to ask for the "iced tea."

      1. re: Pepper

        warning - the quality at luk yue has declined. Not sure when. Probably around 1998 or 1999. Anyway, it's not even as good as the Sam Woo on Garvey and Atlantic.I haven't surveyed the late night vittles in a while, but if I find something very good... y'know.ummm.. you can get pho in pasadena, at that place on lake. never did though. too many places to test in alhambra.

        1. re: johnk

          not too late night - but MPV on valley and garfield just popped into mind. I never get the fried noodle there though.

      2. Try The Hat in Alhambra, Temple City, and various other locations in the SGV. They've been around since the fifties, and serve the best Pastrami Dip sandwich this side of Johnnie's in Culver City. Their chili isn't bad either, and for $3.50 you get a gigantic order of chili fries (the fries are twice as good as the chili).

        1. All this time and the late night eating capital of the free world was in your back yard! Especially for pan fried noodles. Just go south from whatever part of pasadena for about 10 minutes. Whether you end up in Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Monterey Park, etc, you'll find a cafe open until 2am or 3am or 24 hours! A place to start is Valley Blvd. I'd say from Atlantic on the west to San Gabriel on the East, you'll see maybe 30 different restaurants open. Good luck, happy hunting!

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          1. re: Kevin

            in my defense...i've been eating & grocery shopping in san gabriel & alhambra since the second week i was here. a person can't get a bowl of pho in pasadena, after all.

            specifically, what cafes are open past midnight on valley blvd? do you have favorites?

            1. re: hjb

              Not on Valley Bl., but Atlantis Cafe on Atlantic just north of Garvey is open 24 hours.