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The Orange Chicken Burrito

Panda Express' Orange Chicken burrito is now a reality..It's basically a Panda Express version of Chipotle: you can choose a plate, bowl, salad, or wrap ( try honey-walnut shrimp, Beijing beef, and Kung pao chicken) and it's a thing only in LA at Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena -- an open-to-the-public testing lab for new concepts... I'm gonna have to give this a try…

3867 E Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena Ca.

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  1. Yea, I know, would like to try it too, though not going to that pa of town for it.... Maybe I'll recreate it at home.

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    1. They also have tea n boba.. A decade too late? Or right on time?

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      1. re: blimpbinge

        Boba hasn't been as mainstreamed in the whole country as it has here. If they offer it in all their stores eventually, it may well be how the majority of Americans first experience it. Hope it's decent.

      2. Panda's answer to Mu Shu Chicken!
        What's the big deal, other than who the player is?
        And why would anyone want to eat that thing, unless their dentist approved of the use of sugar.

          1. "Imagine if a moo shu pancake and a scallion pancake had sex" Zack Brooks

            1. I can't quite decide if this is brilliant or a sign of the devil.... Perhaps it's both. I would definitely try one for the novelty, but only if I'm in the area....

              1. Great, the Mission style craprito paradigm makes its palate-numbing way into yet another version... Get that rice out of there! You've already got carbs covered by the wrapping. Egads!

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                1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                  But a burrito is almost always filled with rice.....it's the standard cheap filler.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    The burritos are Lupe's #2 are not filled with rice, fwiw. I tried it for the first time yesterday and it was outstanding.

                    I do eat rice in a burrito sometimes, but almost always ask for no rice. I can't think of the last time I had rice in a burrito, as a matter of fact.

                    Here is a long thread on the topic from three years ago:


                    Here is J Gold's take on it:


                    1. re: PaulF

                      Agree totally.
                      Rice in a burrito is heresy.
                      Vibrant flavors do NOT need rice to deaden them.
                      Nor for that matter any orange chicken cornstarch.

                      1. re: carter

                        No they don't need rice for flavor, they use it for filler.....

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Neither your waistline nor mine needs filler!
                          'nuff said?!

                          1. re: carter

                            No shit, I don't even eat burritos, and when I do on the rare occasion, I ask for no rice. But wait, I think I'm supposed to be offended by that crack..... ;)

                      2. re: PaulF

                        Ok, I dont like rice in mine and order the burritos at el Tepeyac that don't have rice either.... All I'm sayin is the majority of burrito preps have rice, not every single one of them....

                  2. Tried it tonight

                    There was a 15-20 minute line the entire time I was there.

                    Got 2 wraps, the skin for the wraps is kind of like a tough thin scallion pancake, and was not easy to chew through.

                    The first one was 1/2 rice 1/2 noodle, walnut shrimp (surprisingly well sauced & crispy), kung pao chicken breast, kung pao sauce, sambal sauce, fried onions, no veggies. It tasted exactly like if you threw all of those items into a tortilla and ate it, except that the tortilla.. scallion pancake wrap.. was so rough that you end up not wanting to finish it. two bites in, the wrap exploded from the middle and I end up forking the rest up.

                    Wrap 2 - 1/2&1/2, orange chicken, mixed veggies, mandarin sauce. Tasted exactly like a orange chicken bowl with mandarin sauce.. with veggies.. in a wrap. It was surprisingly better than expected. Halfway through though, the wrap opened up near the bottom and we decided to discard it and eat the rest out of the bowl.

                    My friends were able to eat theirs without it falling apart, but it involved closing off one end with the foil it was wrapped in.

                    Also tried the panda tea. Got panda milk tea, and milk green tea, both with pudding. It's exactly what lollicup, tea zone, and quickly served up about 10-15 years ago, at higher prices. The panda milk tea was the better one, they used oolong tea and it actually had decent tea fragrance. The "tea house" area has it's own seating and had it's own side of the building with TVs lining the walls.

                    Overall, I felt it was a "better than expected!" moment, kind of reliving my high school and college days since there was always panda express or something similar nearby.

                    If you like, or have enjoyed americanized chinese food now or in the past, you'll get similar flavor profiles. Except you get more customization. You can have a wrap, have it in a box/plate, or salad. In addition, there are a number of toppings and some new sauces that make it more interesting.

                    If you don't like panda or americanized chinese food, you'll likely want to avoid this place.

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                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Yes. Midnite snack attack out of fridge leftovers.

                          I'll take an oki's dog offering (pico) any day over this tho when the feeling strikes

                      1. Isn't this the first horseman of the apocalypse?

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                        1. re: J.L.

                          No, that's in the next X-Men movie.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Let's tell Marvel to introduce the newest X-Men: Chowhound. Special mutant power: The ability to find the nearest tasty restaurant, no matter what the GPS coordinate.

                            1. re: J.L.

                              We have the Chinese version in Chandavkl.

                              Ability to find the nearest Chinese restaurant. In LA, in Nashville, in NYC, in Poland, in wherever.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                With his sidekick, ChowFox (played by Jessica Alba)...

                        2. this is not right. this is not even wrong.

                          1. I really miss the orange chicken sandwiches from East West Sandwiches in Westwood, so maybe this will be a good replacement.