Lifestyle and Press Release | Panda Express Soon To Open in Metro Manila

10:24 PM

As you probably know, I’m Filipino-Chinese. So, I have been exposed to various Chinese food like siopao, siomai, broccoli beef, kung pao chicken, and many more. Unlike before though, I’m not into Chinese food anymore. However, I still appreciate the cuisine and am willing to eat at various Chinese restaurants.

And speaking of Chinese restaurants, a new one is coming to Metro Manila! I’m kind of excited to explore it because this restaurant is known worldwide. So, get ready to hop on the food train because Panda Express is making its stop in the metro. There were some speculations as to where the location would be. But now it’s official: the first store will be in SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Acquired by Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC)

Word spread rapidly about the opening of Panda Express after it was announced in 2018 that Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing Asian restaurant companies, will partner with Panda Restaurant Group to bring Panda Express to the Philippines.

Panda Express has successfully popularized American Chinese cuisine through authentic Chinese recipes adapted to global tastes. It has set the brand up as the largest Asian dining concept in the US and the largest American Chinese concept in the world.

To date, Panda Express has more than 2,000 restaurants all over the world and with close to 39,000 associates. Outside of the US, it has established its presence in Canada, Guatemala, Aruba, Japan, Mexico, El Salvador, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Panda Express Journey

Panda Express is born out of a successful immigrant story, where co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng both went to the US in pursuit of a better life.

In 1973, Andrew and his father Chef Ming Tsai Cherng opened the sit-down Chinese restaurant Panda Inn, the first dining concept that led to the creation of Panda Express in 1983.

Andrew and Peggy opened the first Panda Express in Glendale, California with the goal of bringing together bold flavors, quality, and convenience to the dining experience.

Over the years, the key to the company’s success lies in its values-based culture. They focus on growing its people, serving quality ingredients to guests, and giving back to the community.

Four years after its first store opened, Chef Andy Kao created the Original Orange Chicken, which was inspired by the flavors of Andrew’s hometown Yangzhou, China, and Hawaii.

The dish consists of crispy bite-sized chicken covered in a sweet and tangy sauce. It is now the most famous dish on the Panda Express menu, having sold more than 90 million pounds of this crowd favorite.

Other American Chinese classics include Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef, and Shanghai Steak.

As it stretches from coast to coast and around the world, the Panda Express will soon arrive in Manila. Finally, Filipinos will get to enjoy dining in America’s favorite Chinese restaurant.  

Can’t Wait To Try It

I have heard of Panda Express from friends and relatives, so I’m a bit excited to taste their dishes here in the Philippines. As I said above, I still appreciate Chinese cuisine and I would love to taste Panda Express’ dishes one day. 

~ Hainrihi

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