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Watch This Record-Breaking Competitive Eater Down The Entire Panda Express Menu In One Sitting

When I hit up Panda Express for a quick meal, a regular 2-item plate tends to fill me for the rest of the day. With that in mind, watching competitive eater Raina crush the entire Panda Express menu in just 45 minutes was absolutely mind-boggling.

Raina went with Foodbeasts Marc and Elie to Panda Express to attempt the challenge on Going In, Foodbeast’s new YouTube and Facebook Watch show. Elie and Marc got their own, more manageable meals, while Raina casually ordered everything, totalling over two trays’ worth of food. For those wondering, here is Raina’s complete order:

Sides: 1 large Chow Mein, 1 large Fried Rice

Entrees (all in small sizes):  Beijing Beef, Shanghai Angus Steak, String Bean Chicken, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Eggplant Tofu, 8 Treasure Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Sweetfire Chicken Breast, Broccoli Beef, Mushroom Chicken, and Black Pepper Chicken

Appetizers (small order of each): Chicken Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, Cream Cheese Rangoons

The final price of all of that food was at least $75 (it came out to just under $100 factoring in Elie and Marc’s orders). In terms of nutrition, Raina consumed a staggering 4,500 calories (not factoring in the drink). That means she ate enough to feed 2 people for an entire day in 45 minutes.

For proof of time, peep Raina’s full video of the challenge below:

What’s even crazier about Raina’s feat is that technically, this wasn’t a speedrun attempt, but a mukbang video. Throughout the entire 45 minutes, Elie and Marc were interviewing her, with topics ranging from her In-N-Out world record to chugging a gallon of water every night. Without all of those distractions going on, it’s safe to say she could’ve finished the whole Panda Express menu in an even shorter time than that.

Once the challenge was all wrapped up, Raina also ordered some takeout for the road, so she had plenty of room in her belly for another go-around. How she manages to stuff all that food in there, I will never know.

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Wong Fu And Panda Express Show Us The Hilarious Struggle Of Choosing Where to Eat Dinner [WATCH]

We’ve all been there before: The work day is wrapping up, we’re about to head home, and then an important thought crosses our mind. (Or we get a message from our significant other).

“What’s for dinner?”

Usually, that devolves into a flurry of internal conflict as we try to select where to eat our next meal. Fortunately, the comedic team over at Wong Fu Productions has come up with a simple solution.

In their latest video, the Wong Fu team comes up with a genius skit to help people decide where to go for dinner. This particular scenario features a guy deciding for his girlfriend where to go for dinner. The guy starts with a Panda Express fortune from the girlfriend’s latest dinner. However, he then twists his way through several other options before finally circling back to Panda, which is where the couple ends up. Overall, the message is that you’ll probably end up going to the place you crave most, no matter how much you debate.

Photo courtesy of Panda Express

This video is actually part of a fun campaign between Wong Fu and Panda Express that’s happening this month. We can expect two more hilarious videos from Wong Fu as a result. Additionally, Panda Express will be dropping a new item, Peking Pork, on September 27th. It’s unclear whether the sweet-and-sour pork will show up in a Wong Fu video, since it didn’t appear in the above skit. However, it’s definitely a possibility.

At any rate, it’s going to get us more funny bone-tickling skits about eating, so we can’t wait to see what else Wong Fu and Panda Express have in store for us.

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Exclusive Panda Express Spots Are Serving Orange Chicken Burritos, Here’s Where To Find Them

A while back, folks lost it when Panda Express released an Orange Chicken “Burrito” at their Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA.

The fast-casual Chinese food chain recently opened a new Panda Express + Tea Bar near our stomping grounds so we decided to swing by and grab some burritos for ourselves.

Though in actuality a “Chinese Bing” or wrap, the item effectively acts as a burrito with a thin scallion pancake acting as the tortilla. While essentially having the same core ingredients as a tortilla, there are some noticeable differences in the taste of the scallion pancake.

Panda’s new item didn’t stop at Orange Chicken. The bing acted as a canvas for us to create the most intricate of burritos, combining a plethora of different meats, starches, and sauces in a hefty wrap.

We even threw a double dose of the restaurant’s new Five Flavor Shrimp into a bing.

The Panda Express + Tea Bar, outside of the original Innovation Kitchen, is one of three restaurants that serve the “burrito” to patrons. You can’t find the item at just any Panda Express. Trust us, we’ve tried.

If burritos aren’t your thing, the Panda Express + Tea Bar also serves customizable salads — an item that isn’t offered at regular Panda Express locations.

Peep our salad diet:

Nice, right?

The Tea Bar portion of the restaurant lives up to it’s actual name. Customers can choose from a variety of different milk teas and fruit teas from the tea bar menu. Drinks are either pre-made for those who are in a hurry, or you can have a drink made to order. Beverages can be customized with add-ons like tapioca pearls, lychee jelly, aloe vera, and chia seeds.

A word of caution for new patrons, however: make sure to take in the entire menu upon your first visit. Whatever you decide to order will fill you up for the rest of the day.

Items like the Orange Chicken “Burrito,” salads, and milk teas can be found at Panda Express + Tea Bar locations (Hacienda Heights, Monterey Park, and Westwood) as well as the original Panda Express Innovation Kitchen located in Pasadena, CA.

Also, be sure to check out our Foodbeast Podcast to hear more about the burrito!

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Free Firecracker Chicken At Panda Express For Chinese New Year

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It’s almost the year of the rooster, and Panda Express will be celebrating Chinese New Year by handing out celebratory red envelopes (or Hong Bao) to all guests this Saturday. Within those envelopes will be coupons for you to redeem a free entree of their Firecracker Chicken and a 22-ounce drink during a future visit.

WHO: Panda Express

WHAT: Free voucher for Firecracker Chicken entree, and 22-ounce Dr. Pepper on future visit

WHEN: Saturday, January 28

WHERE: All participating Panda Express locations

WHY: To celebrate Chinese New Year

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Behold The CHORK, Panda Express’ Combo Fork + Chopsticks

A couple weeks ago, Panda Express started hyping up these new Chorks. The plastic utensil features a fork on one end with a pair of chopsticks on the other.

Like the wooden chopsticks found in most Asian restaurants, you can snap the Chork in half and they’ll act as traditional chopsticks. If you’re unfamiliar with how to use chopsticks, leaving them connected lets you train with them.

We got our hands on some and decided to test them out for ourselves.

Check out the video to see what fellow Foodbeasts Marc and Elie had to say about them.

Panda Express currently has no plans to roll the utensils out nationally, at least for now. Rather, they’ll be giving them away on special occasions. If you’re dying to try them, you can buy some directly from Chork.

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Panda Express Combined Forks With Chopsticks And It Looks Ridiculous

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Panda Express is reportedly making an intriguing choice of cutlery which may soon revolutionize how Chinese food is eaten in the U.S.

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In a recent tweet by Nation’s Restaurant News West Coast bureau chief Lisa Jennings, Panda Express is revealed to be adopting a plastic chopsticks/fork hybrid utensil called the “chork”.

The chork is a disposable plastic tool that has fork prongs on one end and two chopstick ends on the other. While it is designed in a way that the adjoining sticks can be pinched together to grasp food without needing to be separated, one simply needs to snap the sticks apart for the full chopstick experience. The brilliant yet weird looking tool will finally be making its mainstream debut if the popular restaurant chooses to adopt it.

Introduced in 2012, the chork was deemed by many as the future of eating but somehow failed to catch on. Creator Jordan Brown had the inspiration for nifty plastic utensil when, during a sushi dinner, he found himself grabbing a fork while eating with chopsticks.

Brown immediately began working on a prototype through his company Brown Innovation Group Incorporated (B.I.G.) in Salt Lake City, where he is a partner at the concept development and marketing. The resulting product was a promising new piece of innovation that many found very useful.

Testimonials on the Chork website showered it with some praises.

“That’s great, now my husband can use chopsticks with me and still be able to poke at the hard to pickup scraps,” said one happy user.  Another said: “Yay! I don’t have to fumble with chopsticks or ask for a fork!”

Written by Ryan General || NextShark

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Panda Express Offers Classic General Tso’s Chicken For A Limited Time

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Panda Express is bringing a popular staple in the world of American Chinese food to consumers with their new take on General Tso’s Chicken. Honestly, we’re actually surprised they haven’t done this before.

The chicken dish features all-white meat chicken served with a blend of Chinese and American flavors: Hunan Province spices and vegetables hailing from the United States. The origin of General Tso’s Chicken was believed to be somewhere in the 1970s at New York restaurants and grew in popularity from there.

You can try General Tso’s Chicken now at any participating Panda Express location for a limited time until December 27, 2016, NRN reports.

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How Two Chinese Immigrants Built A Billion-Dollar Fast-Food Empire More Successful Than In-N-Out

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Panda Express, the beloved fast-casual dining restaurant, was founded by Chinese immigrants who believe treating their employees right is the key to building their now billion dollar empire.

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The Chinese-American fast food chain made $2 billion in sales in 2015 — three times that of fast-food burger joint In-N-Out. According to Business Insider, Panda Express has no franchises and operates with 1,800 outlets in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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Panda Express, which is headquartered in Rosemead, California, is solely owned by the same family that founded it back in the 1970’s. That couple, Andrew and Peggy Cherng, who are both 67, have an estimated net worth of $3 billion today.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Andrew’s father, Ming-Tsai, worked at a restaurant in Taiwan after leaving Yangzhou, China in 1947. The family eventually relocated to Yokohama, Japan where his father found work as a chef. Andrew received a scholarship and moved to Kansas where he met his future wife and co-CEO Peggy at Baker University.

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Peggy, also a Chinese immigrant, was raised off the mainland in Burma. After Kansas, she transferred to the University of Missouri where she studied computer science and eventually earned her PhD. Andrew moved to Missouri to be reunited with Peggy and earned his master’s in applied mathematics.

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GROWING AN EMPIRE

The couple wed after moving to Los Angeles and Andrew later convinced his parents to help him open Panda Inn on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena in 1973. It was very much a family owned restaurant and business where his mother cooked the rice and Andrew focused on hospitality.

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Panda Inn was slow getting off the ground at first and the business struggled initially. The future Panda Express billionaire once had to try to lure people into his restaurant by offering deals such as three entrees for the price of two.

THE FIRST PANDA EXPRESS

In 1983, Andrew opened the first Panda Express in the new food court of Glendale Galleria. Peggy, a computer programmer at McDonnell Douglas at the time, decided to help her husband with the accounting and payroll for his business.

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Her technical knowledge allowed her to spearhead Panda Express’s growth by tracking purchasing history and shifts in customer behavior using pattern-recognition software. She said:

“The kitchen area is low tech, but the management system can be high tech-how to catch the data, how to analyze data to see what’s most salable, what’s not selling, and to determine what to offer and what not to offer.

“Andrew’s vision is that he doesn’t see anything that’s not possible. But visionaries need a system and structure to provide the growth.”

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A BUSINESS POWER COUPLE

Andrew takes the role of the charismatic leader and motivational CEO while Peggy is the chief technician in charge of operations, the financial tracking system and supply-chain management system. Though they may have differing roles, the couple agree that business is about the people. Peggy said:

“The restaurant business is the people business, and people are our investment. If we want to be loved by guests, we have to focus on food with passion and service with heart, ambience and pride. If that value equation is really good, then guests will come.”

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Panda Expresses invests in their employees and the results show. Andrew said:

“Our job is to develop people. When you have a good set of people and they’re in a good place inside and out-in their livelihood and in who they are — then chances are they will take care of the customer better.”

HOW THEY TREAT EMPLOYEES

Panda Express is known for their better quality food and positive treatment of employees. The results are higher pay and better benefits. Panda Express pays $9.50 an hour for starting entry-level positions and about $14 an hour for assistant managers.

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Benefits for Panda employees include health care, paid sick leave, paid vacation, 401(k)s and company-subsidized college courses after six months. The company is focused on self-growth and encourage employees to read books like “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey and “Re-Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins.”

They are also encouraged to join Toastmasters International and enroll in personal-improvement seminars such as Dale Carnegie Training and Landmark Forum.

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CARRYING THE TORCH

Of the Cherng’s three daughters, their eldest, Andrea, is the only one to go into the family business. Andrea said of her parents:

“This idea of a purposeful or meaningful life is something that Andrew and Peggy are very dedicated to.”

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Andrea holds a law degree from Duke and an M.B.A from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She gained experience elsewhere in the private sector before she assumed her role at the Panda Restaurant Group with her parents.

Her parents informed her and her sisters at a young age that the whole family were responsible for a number of dependents from the business. She said:

“At dinner or the breakfast table my parents would ask me, ‘What are you going to do for our people?’ far before I could do anything for our people.”

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Today, Andrea heads the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena where she tests out new recipes and restaurant decor. She said:

“The Innovation Kitchen is like a concept car. The products there can be replicated throughout the entire system three to five years out.”

Her younger sister Nicole is a real estate investor while her other sister Michelle is a teacher.

Written by NextShark