It’s been a minute since we saw something pop up from Panda Express, but delicious things come to those who wait. And for those who have been clock watching, Panda’s latest addition to their summer menu is what they’re calling Cheesecake Cream Tea.
Cheese Tea is already a widely popular trend in countries like China and Thailand, and select tea houses in the United States have begun offering the rich beverage.
However, this will be the first time a major chain like Panda Express puts their own spin on it. If it’s anything like the original beverage, Panda’s Cheesecake Cream Tea will have some sort of thick whipping cream made from milk and some variety of cheese. The company describes that it will have a sweet, velvety taste.
Tea flavors include your choice of cheesecake foam over Milk Tea, Green Tea, or Black Tea.
The Cheesecake Cream Teas will be available now through Aug. 27 exclusively at Panda + Tea and the chain’s Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA. While you’re there, I highly recommend pairing it with a bing wrap filled with Orange Chicken. It’s essentially an Orange Chicken Burrito.
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:
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!
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get kids to try new foods like sushi. What if, however, that piece of sushi looked as whimsical as this Panda roll? Make Sushi, known for creating beautiful works of art contained within a sushi roll, has created a roll resembling the adorable South China bear.
All you need is a few basic ingredients: a small piece of sushi grade tuna, several Nori sheets, some cooked sushi rice, 2 heaped tablespoons of wasabi masago and 1 heaped tablespoon of chopped coriander.
Cut the tuna into four slices: two 1 cm and two 0.5 cm in thickness. Marinate the slices in a bowl of soy sauce for 30 minutes to an hour. Definitely no more than an hour or the tuna will harden.
Add the 2 tablespoons of wasabi masago to the cooked sushi rice. Then, add the chopped coriander and gently mix together with the rice and masago. Make sure the ingredients are spread evenly into the mixture. Once you’re down, set it aside.
Remove the tuna from the fridge and cut to appropriate thickness for the eyes (bigger), nose and mouth (smaller). Horizontally lay down a sheet of nori and place the first tuna strip at the edge of the nori sheet. Wrap the nori around the fish, covering the whole strip and cut off the excess nori.
Keep repeating this until you have six different strips: two parts, two eyes, a nose and a mouth.
With a new sheet of nori, add a small handful of sushi at the center and spread it into an oblong shape. Make sure the rice touches the top and bottom of the nori.
Place a think strip of wrapped tuna flat in the middle of the rice for the mouth. Then, add a think layer of rice on top of the tuna strip covering the strip. Repeat the step with another thin tuna strip.
Now, place the two thick tuna strips on top of the column to make the eyes of the panda. Then, add more rice between the two strips. Carefully mold the column with white rice to make sure that the panda has a round face.
Make Sushi says to now take one side of the nori and curl it up and around the column of rice. Repeat the step with the other side so that the two sides overlap at the top. Compress the roll with your hands gently rolling into a circular shape. Set that aside.
Taking two sheets of nori, lay them horizontally. Then, glue the sheets together by putting a thin column of sushi rice on the edge of one of the sheets and sticking it with the other nori sheet.
Now, take the GREEN sushi rice and cover about 3/4 of the large nori sheet with it. Be careful so that it stays light and fluffy.
Using two chopsticks, press them to the center of the green rice (two centimeters apart). Now, remove the chopsticks. You should have two grooves that you can now place the last two pieces of rolled tuna inside. These are the panda ears.
Place your panda face roll on top of the ears you just made. Make sure the eyes are at the bottom next to the ears.
Now, dip a sharp knife in som cold water (so it doesn’t stick to the rice), then carefully cut the roll with as little motion as possible. Cut off each end of the roll first, then section off your panda sushi in whatever thickness you want.
Mostly, the recipe is just stacking and careful rolling. You can get a play-by-play of the exact process in the video above.
An argument over $1 at a Chinese restaurant quickly escalated to an intense foot chase ending a man getting tasered and two arrests.
Heirberto Chavez ordered some chicken wings and French fries at New Panda Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, reports the NY Post. Chavez had already prepaid for his food and was coming in to pick it up when he ran into a “scruffy” man outside the restaurant. The man claimed he needed $2.75 to order the meal he wanted.
Since his food was already paid for, Chavez decided to help the man out by giving the woman working there $5 for the man’s food. Chavez should have gotten $2.25 back for the $2.75 meal, however, he only received $1.25 from the woman.
He was short $1.
The two exchanged words over the money which led to two brothers coming out from behind the counter.
As Chavez began to leave, the two brothers began to hit him. Chavez started running and the brothers gave chase. Eventually, Chavez was hit by one of the two with a taser. In the end, he suffered from bruising to the face, bleeding from the cheek and a burn on the back of his neck from the taser.
It isn’t exactly clear what was said during the exchange to warrant such a reaction. No one from New Panda could be reached for comments.
The brothers were arrested and charged with assault and weapons possession.
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Sandwiches bringing you down lately? As delicious as they can be, and trust us, we know, sometimes staring at a slab of bread before you bite into your lunch just doesn’t cut it. Lucky for you, and us, a Japanese company called Torune has decided to elevate the sandwich to new levels of cute and squee.
They created a series of bread cutters and molds, in panda, frog, and little bear face shapes. But this isn’t your regular old cool sandwich shape story. Nope, these cutters turn sandwiches into adorable pop-up figurines.
After you cut your bread, using a little mold that’s literally as simple as a cookie cutter, you can tuck your sandwich to make its body stand up. It’s like the cutest little sandwich watchdog you never realized you needed. Or if you like, you can just cut out the mold and make tiny, animal shaped sandwiches. We won’t judge.
Sold at the bustling Ueno Zoo station in Tokyo, these panda-baked goods come from the Shiretoko Factory. The variety pack contains doughnuts in five flavors: Hokkaido Milk, Hokkaido Pumpkin, Cocoa Chip, Choc Chip, and Salty Fresh Caramel. Each panda face is created by hand, giving every bear a unique character.
Shiretoko, the peninsula at the northeastern tip of Hokkaido in Japan, contains a unique population of brown bears which provides the inspiration for these doughnuts. In homage to the local kuma (bear), this particular brand of Shiretoko doughnut is called Kumagoron.
You may have qualms about eating these cute little bears, but think of it like a Teddy Graham. Yes, you feel guilty biting its cute little teddy head off, but the sweet reward makes you forget all about that.
The variety pack retails online for 1,580 yen ($16.20 USD) at Rakuten.