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Looking for place that does cheap but good Chinese food party trays (NOT in Alhambra/SGV)

nicoii Nov 16, 2010 02:31 PM

We're doing a catered party for about 65 people, and other than the fast-food chain Tasty Goody (http://tastygoody.com/) we don't know of any place that has affordable Chinese food party trays.

We'd like a mix of the standard greasy fare (low mein, wontons, etc) as well as healthier, tastier, or more interesting dishes that have fresh vegetables.

Most of all, it needs to be affordable. We'd like to keep it to under $250 total.

We're on the West Side but don't mind driving to Chinatown. However that's about as far as we'd want to drive. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Bonus if you have used the restaurant before, and can give an approximation of how much the trays might cost depending on the dish.


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    fdb Nov 22, 2010 04:05 PM

    I have ordered from New Panda Cuisine on Santa Monica & Barry in WLA for many functions: school, church, private parties. They don't have a party tray menu but the owner, Mr. Bai, is very easy to work with. Tell him your budget and he can work something out for you. He is able to make off-menu dishes to suit your need. His sesame chicken, orange chicken, pot stickers, stirred fried shrimp and/ or veggies are very popular for my parties. The place looks tiny and unassuming but they can easily handle parties for up to 300 people.

    New Panda Cuisine
    11628 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 7
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

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      vickie2172 Nov 16, 2010 08:52 PM

      88 Chinese & Sushi has party trays. I've ordered individual orders & party trays for my work place. Food has always satisfied those who grew up with great Chinese home-cooking.

      Small tray (12" x8" x1.5"); medium (13" x10" x2"); Large (13" x10" x3")
      Any chicken/ beef item ($19/$29/$39)
      Any shrimp item ($26/ $39/ $49)
      Vegetable/ noodle/ rice item ($16/ $26/ $36)

      They will deliver with $15 minimum/ 3 miles. Nighttime parking in the rear.

      418-1/2 N Fairfax Ave (Across from Canter's)
      Los Angeles 90036

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      1. re: vickie2172
        nicoii Nov 22, 2010 11:01 AM

        Great suggestions guys-- thanks for the help!

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        chanmegs Nov 16, 2010 04:48 PM

        This will probably take you over your $250 total, but Hop Woo on Olympic Blvd and Sepulveda has decent Chinese food for the westside and does party trays.


        Hop Woo
        11110 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        1. Sarah Nov 16, 2010 04:09 PM

          Plenty of party trays:

          1. raytamsgv Nov 16, 2010 03:20 PM

            What type of "healthier, tastier," etc. dishes are you looking for? Are you looking for stir-fry? Steamed dishes? Boiled dishes? Do you want all dishes to be cooked by the restaurant, or are you willing to prepare some?

            If you decide to get stir-fried dishes, ask them to use less oil. Just about any Chinese will be able to accommodate that request (with the obvious exception of deep-fried items).

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            1. re: raytamsgv
              nicoii Nov 16, 2010 03:34 PM

              We don't have too many specific dishes in mind-- we wanted to keep it open and see what the recommended restaurants have available as party trays.

              Stir fry would be nice, a noodle dish besides Lo or Chow Mein would be great. A seafood dish that doesn't involve deep-fried shrimp would be ideal. But ultimately we're flexible.

              We'd prefer not to have to cook too much since we're going to be really busy that day-- but if it just means sticking something in an oven or combining some pre-cooked ingredients, that should be fine.

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                ns1 Nov 16, 2010 04:40 PM

                won't sam woo also do this?

                1. re: nicoii
                  raytamsgv Nov 16, 2010 09:28 PM

                  I'm not sure about what's available at the restaurants you are considering, but here are a few dishes that might work out:

                  Stir-fried assorted veggies (often called Buddha's feast or something like that)
                  Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce
                  Fried rice with crabmeat
                  Stir-fried sliced chicken or fish with ginger and scallions
                  Beef chow fun (cooked dry style)
                  Roast pork
                  a whole cooked chicken (there are numerous ways to prepare this)

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                Chandavkl Nov 16, 2010 03:07 PM

                There was a similar thread from a year or two ago, but I couldn't find it right away. I believe my suggestion was CBS Seafood in Chinatown and I thought that suggestion was seconded.

                CBS Seafood
                700 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                1. re: Chandavkl
                  taiwanesesmalleats Nov 16, 2010 03:30 PM

                  CBS Seafood on their take-out side also sells decent dim sum items such as siu mai, har gao or a variety of meat-filled buns if you want to try some more "exotic" items.

                  CBS Seafood
                  700 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                2. ipsedixit Nov 16, 2010 02:36 PM

                  I'm not sure what your definition of "affordable" is but based on your food request (combo of greasy fare and healthier items) I would suggest you inquire with your local Panda Express.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    nicoii Nov 16, 2010 02:39 PM

                    Thanks for the suggestion, but I guess I should clarify that we want to avoid fast-food chains like Panda Express or Tasty Goody.

                    We're looking for something that's affordable, but are willing to pay more for food that's isn't something you could buy at an airport food court.

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