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Panda Express is Coming to Manila

This is supposed to be a professional news bite, but how does one stay calm when they find out one of their favorite fast food chain from the other side of the world is opening up shop in Manila? THEY DON’T. They hyperventilate for a while, tell their friends and THEN they get to work.

Panda Express restaurant facade
Editorial credit: James R. Martin /

With international chains Shake Shack and Red Lobster on their way to Manila, it’s been confirmed that JFC will be bringing in everyone’s favorite Chinese-American chain, Panda Express.

With over 2,000 outlets in the states, their Manila branch will be their first in Southeast Asia!

Panda Express can trace its roots back to 1983, when it first opened in Glendale, California with couple Andrew and Peggy Cherng at the helm.

Orange Chicken Panda Express
Image Credit: Food Panda Facebook Page

In 1987, Chef Andy Kao developed Panda Express’ signature dish – Orange Chicken! Crispy chicken bites are coated in a sweet and spicy Orange sauce, and are enjoyed with either Fried Rice or Chow Mien.

Other bestsellers that we look forward to having come over include Kung Pao Chicken, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, String Bean Chicken Breast and more.

Panda Express food bowls

Kung Pao Chicken Panda Express
Image Credit: Food Panda Facebook Page

Oh, and fun fact! In 2016, Panda Express came up with the “Chork” – a chopstick and fork hybrid which was meant to symbolize the bridging of the American and Chinese culture.

Excited for Panda Express in Manila? Let us know in the comments section down below!

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