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Good Cantonese late-nite snacks ("da lang"/打冷) places ?

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Wondering what the current opinions and landscape is for good Cantonese late-nite snack places ? I prefer if they start serving them before 8pm, but I guess that's rare and contradicts the whole premise of "late night". TIA.

Prefer to stay within Vancouver city proper.

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  1. There's Congee Noodle House, which is near you IIRC LR, but they don't start their da lang until 9 p.m. Kwong Chow also does da lang (I think) but I don't know when they start...

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    1. re: À la carte

      Golden Harvest on Main has a later night menu, or at least they did in May per Chowtimes: http://chowtimes.com/2011/05/09/golde...

      1. re: grayelf

        Thx A la carte, yes, Kwong Chow and CNH are close to me, but I guess maybe I'm looking for a bit of change :-)

        And thx GE, didn't know about Golden Harvest's ..... they're not that far from me neither, definitely worth a try !

        1. re: LotusRapper

          I figured you'd be familiar with KC and CNH as they're the standards for the 'hood. I'm not sure about Golden Harvest's da lang menu as they close at 10:30 p.m. FWIW, Urbanspoon lets you search "late night" and "Chinese" and comes up with a pretty decent list...

    2. One menu item I had long ago was fried chicken gizzards in spicy salt. Is there any current "da lang" restaurant that does this?

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      1. re: sbug206

        Oooh that sounds good, *anything* in spicy salt is good. Where did you have that ?

        1. re: LotusRapper

          I forget the name but it was the restaurant now occupied by Congee Noodle King at Kingsway & Joyce. Directly across from the 7-11. It's been at least 10 years.

          1. re: sbug206

            That name is going to bug me now because I'd go there all the time, dirty carpet et al. It was convenient for post-bar closing nibbles.

      2. I think Landmark has some of the da lang items.

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        1. re: fmed

          Oops...I meant to say "some of the *best* da lang items".

        2. Landmark hot pot crushes all competition in terms o late night food. Been going since I was 10 and im 28 now. Place has withstood the test of time and the food rivals hong kong in terms of quality.

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          1. re: chinatown7

            I totally agree.

          2. I'm scratching my head...is "da lang" the Cantonese word for late-nite snacks? Or is it Mandarin? I've always known this type of food to be "sik siu yeh".

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            1. re: flowbee

              "Da lang" is Cantonese-equivalent slang term for the Teochow term "meh siao" (夜宵) which means late-night dinner.

            2. Sounds like Sandy La can be added to this list, which needed refreshing anyway:



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              1. re: LotusRapper

                I know this list is supposed to be for Cantonese but I thought I'd toss Ramen House on West Broadway in the mix, since they seem to cover a few cuisines. They are advertising an after 9 pm menu (they are open till midnight) but the deets are in Chinese so I'm not sure exactly what it entails.

                1. re: grayelf

                  More the merrier. Maybe I shoulda named the thread "Late Nite Eats".

                  So I gather the Ramen House folks are Chinese then ?

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    Yeah they are despite the misleading name, prolly should be Lamien House or something!

                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      Yep. Don't be fooled by the name. They serve pan-Chinese cuisine: Cantonese, Shanghai, Beijing, and Sichuan represent.

                      1. re: fmed

                        I also had a report from a reliable source that a dinner there recently was pretty solid with spot on shredded potatoes, bright, clean flavours in the spicy herb salad, Szechuan beef noodle soup with notes of cardamom, fennel etc, though a bit watered down, deep fried bun was fried well, not greasy at all and clean oil. Also got more confirmation that the cooks/staff are indeed ex-The Place.