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Jun 29, 2008 11:09 PM

Best take-out Chinese?

I am willing to make the drive where ever it takes me. Any suggestions for excellent Chinese that I can drive back to my house for a party?


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  1. Just find a restaurant you like. I guarantee they will have take out. However, not all items are good for take out or a long drive back home. Some may get soggy. Others just don't taste that good if they are not fresh. What exactly are you looking for? Egg rolls? Chow mein? Dumplings?

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    1. re: raytamsgv

      Agreed. I guess one criteria might be which restaurants either vent the take out container or separate ingredients into two containers when necessary (e.g., noodle soup). Unfortunately I can't recall which restaurants do this as a matter of practice.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        To add to this, if all you want is basic Chinese stuff (e.g. fried rice, chow mein, egg rolls, cashew chicken, etc.), then your best bet is Panda Express.

        Food won't knock your socks off, but it'll be more than passable, and generally very fresh, and they are well equipped to provide takeout in large quantities.

        Now, if you want something more complicated, or more particular ...

    2. If you consider customer traffic as an indicator of "best take out".....I notice half the business at Sam Woo BBQ in Alhambra and Monterey Park is take out business.

      1. I am convinced that there is no good take-out Chinese in Los
        Angeles. The only take-out Chinese worth considering is the Chicken Salad from Chin Chin, but only from the Beverly Drive location.

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        1. re: maudies5

          Well, ok, but, um, you do know that that's not Chinese, right?

            1. re: monku

              "the most popular Chinese restaurant in LA" LOL!!!
              Wow, who forgot to tell us chow hounds this?
              ipsedixit-I was thinking the same thing....

          1. re: maudies5

            If Chin Chin is your standard for Chinese food, then it's pretty obvious why you cannot find good take-out Chinese in the Los Angeles area--you're looking in the wrong places and for the wrong dishes.

          2. I'm not sure where you live but I am originally a New Yorker who is very partial to her Chinese take out, and am lucky enough to have three in my surroundings that I can recommend without hesitation. Twin Dragon. They don't have a website to my knowledge, but here is a page for their menu Mandarette Cafe Which is a bit more upscale, but certainly delicious.
            Fu's Palace they also don't have a website, again here is a page for their menu

            1. What about Chef Ming's Kitchen?

              Chef Ming's Kitchen
              8950 West Olympic Blvd #102
              Beverly Hills, CA 90211
              (310) 273-7727 Fax: 310.273.7728