It seems like there’s a Panda Express “Gourmet Chinese Food” location on just about every street corner in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. This restaurant is extremely popular down here in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun (as it is in Hawaii as well). Maybe it’s their catchy commercials, or cute panda bears all over the walls, but Americans can’t seem to get enough of Panda Express.
We’ve been here for about a week and have already visited Panda Express on East Baseline Road and Elsworth in Mesa twice already. Why? Well, there aren’t any Panda Express locations in Canada and Gary loves western-style Chinese food! This location is usually packed with hungry customers which is a good thing because they’re constantly busy “wokking up” stir-fry favorites.
We ordered three mains dishes and one side for around seven dollars. The third main is served in a little take-out container because only two mains fit on one plate. Folks, this is a lot of food! Pictured above is the Beijing Beef – inspired by a Sichuan-style dish inspired by Central China. It is prepared with crispy strips of marinated beef, bell peppers and sliced onions, tossed in the wok with a tangy sweet and spicy sauce.
Orange Chicken is a dish inspired by the Hunan Province in South Central China. It is prepared with crispy boneless chicken bites, tossed in the wok with their secret sweet and spicy orange sauce. Panda’s very own Executive Chef Andy brought this entree to life and it quickly became Panda’s most famous and beloved dish. The latest dish at Panda Express is Shanghai Angus Steak – featuring thick-cut slices of marinated 100% Angus Top Sirloin beef with crisp asparagus, freshly sliced mushrooms, all wok-tossed in their new zesty Asian steak sauce. For the side dish, we chose a typical Fried Rice – prepared with steamed rice that is tossed in the wok with soy sauce, scrambled eggs, green peas, carrots and chopped green onions.
If you want to “Experience Pandamonium”, then check out Panda Express for some quick and reasonably priced western-style Chinese eats!