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Here’s to the power of words:
After readings THIS article in yesterday’s Honolulu Advertiser, I could not stop thinking about Panda Express all night and all morning. I don’t know why, it just happened to be one of those articles that get stuck in your mind. It also brought back memories of trips to the mall during those middle school years where everyone would happily agree to Panda for lunch.

After nearly drooling over endless shiny platters of orange chicken and kung pao chicken and chicken with string beans and other sorts of chicken in all kinds of scary forms, I convinced my friend to drive me there for lunch. “Lets have Panda Express for lunch!” I said enthusiastically. She looked at me like I was crazy (and I proabably am at times), “you want Panda Express? For real kines?” And I said, “yes.” And because she’s my friend and friends know when requests shouldn’t be questioned, off we went without a hitch. I don’t this I’ve ever actually craved Panda Express, but hey, there’s always a first!

I had orange chicken, eggplant tofu, and half fried rice, half chow mein. Greasy, fatty, too sweet and quite nauseating after you finish, it was just as I expected and craved.

One interesting thing about non-Hawaii Panda Express locations: how come they no serve chow funn? What’s up with that? Everyone on this islands know that Panda’s chow funn is best item there. Even better than the orange chicken. That’s why you should all move to Hawaii. Because we’re unique. And like to eat.

I mean REALLY REALLY like to eat, check this out…”Hawaii’s first Panda rakes in the highest revenue of any Panda anywhere — that’s $4 million annually.”
Our tiny island placed first! We win! Guess who’s close to placing second in brining Panda in the most revenue? “Moanalua is on its way to the No. 2 position nationally.” We win again! Although I don’t know if that’s something we should be proud of…
Did you know the Hawaii locations of Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen also bring in the most revenue out of all their locations? I told you we eat. (a lot).

Panda Express
All over the nation
But Hawaii brings in the most revenue…hehehe

10 Comments
  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 30, -0001

    Hey Kat!I almost wish I didn’t read the article! Like you, I had not gone back for years and all of a sudden, woomph…I need orange chicken like no other!But I still need to fill up on their chow funn…guess that’ll have to wait until I return for spring break! Did you go for lunch at Mariposa yet? I want to hear all about it! :)

  • anonymous
    January 19, 2007

    Hi! I must admit I have been secretly reading your blog for a while now! It has taken me a few weeks but I have finally managed to get through all of your posts! Oh how I wish I found a site like this when I visited Hawaii three years ago! I was searching for a good place for good authentic foods and loco moco! I live in nyc and it seems like you’ve found such jewels of places that I’ve never heard of! And I like to think of myself as quite the foodie too! Looking forward to more of your fun posts! Till next time…happy eating! =) I’ve also added a link to your site on my site – I hope you don’t mind!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 19, 2007

    Hey Taryn!Thanks for commenting! I’m totally flattered you actually went back and read all the posts! :) I’m moving to back to nyc this august and can’t wait to pick back up again. The fooding options never cease to amaze me. And you can walk everywhere! That I like :) Please tell me your site address…I’d love to read it! :)PSIf you ever come back to Hawaii, I’d be happy to give you any tips or show you around :)

  • Kat
    January 19, 2007

    Hi Kathy! Oh goodness gracious, Panda Express? Yes, I admit to being an Orange Chicken addict when it first opened on Maui back in the days. I was in highschool then and currently I am out of college for 3 years (so it was a long time ago). I haven’t eaten at Panda for so long probably because I fear the actual taste of the food won’t live up to what I think it used to taste like. Plus now that I’m old enough to understand how unhealthy the little nuggets are, I pretty much avoid food courts in general. But… your post actually may have stirred a craving for some….

  • anonymous
    January 20, 2007

    Hey Kathy!As a Chinese-American girl, I was raised to “shun” all types of “American/bastardized” Chinese food. However, I don’t!!! I think that stuff like Panda Express is in a whole other category. It’s a cuisine by itself, just like california rolls and teriyaki chicken. There is no shame in craving orange chicken or broccoli beef! In fact, during highschool I had a part time job at Star Wok, which is this Chinese fast food place next to Vons on Baseline. I don’t know if you’ve tried it yet, but the food ( in my opinion) is pretty good if you go during meal hours. The portions are really really HUGE, and they also have Singapore fried vermicelli noodles in addition to chow mein and chow fun (unlike most of the other Chinese fastfood places I know). Anyways…yeah, now I’m craving it too.

  • anonymous
    January 21, 2007

    Mmm…orange chicken…I totally didn’t eat at Panda’s yet…I think I might have to stop by before I leave. And I can’t wait till you’re back in NYC senior year! You’ll be all busy working, but I’ll visit and we can EAT UNTIL WE DIE!!(let’s do breakfast in NY)

  • Chubbypanda
    January 21, 2007

    Cat likes the orange (candied) chicken at Panda Express too. =D

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 22, 2007

    Hey Jackie!Thanks for the tip! I pass Star Wok whenever I go to Vons, but never though to stop in – but I’ll be sure to give it a try on my next visit…I’ve been craving chow funn so badly! :)I completely agree about the Chinese-American food. I find myself embarassed to admit that it’s good, but really, who doesn’t like beef broccoli and california rolls? hehe, thanks for stopping by my blog :)Hey Kelly!Bah, you got your Boston Pizza today – I’m jealous! I already picked out a spot for breakfast come fall. They have THE BESTEST pancakes busting at the seams with Maine blueberries. And you don’t even use syrup, cause they give you MAPLE BUTTER. Like a combo of maple syrup and whipped butter. Like magic, I tell you! :) ENjoy you last few days at home!Hey Chubbypanda!Gah. Now that you put it that way…orange chicken is like the meaty version of candied walnuts! (Almost) eww! It’s fried and sugary and fatty. Why must it taste so good?!

  • anonymous
    January 22, 2007

    Well you know I just had to bus’ out one big smile when I read half fried rice, half chow mein. Oh yes!! That’s way to order the carbs part at PE!!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 22, 2007

    Hey Rowena!I would have done allll chow funn if only it was an option! :)

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