Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
Panda Express may introduce the people of China to . . . Chinese food--or at least the American bastardization of it.
First, Taco Bell made its way to Mexico
. Now, Panda Express, which we can thank for bringing glazed orange chicken to mall food courts across the country, may find a place in its motherland.
reports that Andrew Cherng
, chairman of Rosemead-based Panda Restaurant Group, is "working on some angles" in a possible expansion into mainland China. The company, which includes Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi-San, has more than 1,400 stores in the States.
While easy to think that the people of China would scoff at shockingly sweet and deep-fried interpretations of Chinese cuisine, the fact is, they'd probably love the stuff. They've already embraced American restaurants like McDonald's, Starbucks, Dairy Queen and Papa John's. And dishes
like Sweetfire Chicken Breast and Cream Cheese Rangoons would be as new to them as fortune cookies
America: Introducing China to Chinese food. We win again.
Somewhere, General Tso is rolling over in his grave.