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

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.

Thanks!!

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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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.

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

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        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.

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

      2. 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

          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.

            1. re: nicoii

              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)

            1. 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.

              http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

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

              1. 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
                323.852.1638
                www.88menu.com

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                1. re: vickie2172

                  Great suggestions guys-- thanks for the help!

                2. 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
                  310-826-0900