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.
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).
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.
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)
a whole cooked chicken (there are numerous ways to prepare this)