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Working nights at a bar in the area means I need a good pregame meal...I don't know the area too well, so any recommendations are welcome! My criteria are:

-reasonably "authentic" (as hard to define as that is)
-quick
-good value (but preferabiy cheap)
-delicious!

Any bright ideas?

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  1. Hmmm, tough one. Foo's Ho Ho is reliable but not amazing and usually quick but the portions are big for one unless you get a rice combo. New Town is not too bad and has a large selection. There's a new oyster place too whose name escapes me that might be worth a look. And of course there's always bbq pork at one of the places with beasts hanging in the windows.

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    1. re: grayelf

      A reliable place for the bbq'd beasties is Kam Gok Yuen on Pender. If you're not looking exclusively for Chinese, there's Cambodian-Vietnamese (especially the chicken wings) at Phnom Penh, Vietnamese at Golden Garden, even the bahn mi at Ba Le (although better versions are further east on Kingsway).

      1. re: el_lobo_solo

        timoftheshire if you're asking about Chinese, there's not much open past 7pm these days. I can think of:

        - Kam Gok Yuen (as ELS mentioned above. Also known as Daisy Garden)
        - New Mitzie's Garden: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/181190...
        - Gain Wah
        - Hon's Wun-Tun House

        But if not focusing on Chinese, your options widen:

        http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/14/1302/V...

        1. re: el_lobo_solo

          Oops, how could I forget the banh mi at Golden Garden. $4 to go, $5 to dine in, get the "chicken seasoning" one.

          I like Kam Gok Yuen, Lee Loy and Money's for bbq, and there's one other that I can't remember the name of, doh.

      2. our very traditional (and good cook too) Chinese aunt swears by the steamed buns at New Town Bakery, 148 EAST Pender (just off Main)

        it's amazing what can make a meal, incl apple tarts ; )

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        1. re: Georgia Strait

          That's the quickest good meal in Chinatown!

          1. re: fmed

            A couple of steamed buns, an apple tart, washed down with a HK milk coffee .... complete meal for < $6 :-D

        2. Phnom penh. This is a cult favourite. The deep fried chicken wings are to die for. The beef luc lac with fried egg is almost like a cambodian beef teriyaki (#35?). The Cambodian beef stew (#7) is also one of my favourite beef stews anywhere.

          Lee Loy BBQ meats. Just pure HK style BBQ meat. I've been buying their BBQ pork (char siu) for over 10 years now and it never disappoints. Do not ask for more than $5 worth of meat. $5 gets you more meat than two people an finish.

          Kam grok yuen. Traditional HK cafe. Their BBQ pork was amazing the first time I went. Mediocre the second time. My friend loves their beef brisket curry but I thought it was mediocre.

          Big Lou's serves sandwiches during the lunch hour and I've heard good things.