Hot (and Numbing) Scoop: Panda Express Is Checking Out “Sichuan Hot Chicken” in L.A.

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Hot (and Numbing) Scoop: Panda Express Is Checking Out “Sichuan Hot Chicken” in L.A.

Panda Express is Checking Out “Sichuan Hot Chicken” in LA

Summertime might be over, however heat levels are increasing at Panda Express The Rosemead-based, American-Chinese fast-casual chain– which now has more than 2,000 areas throughout the U.S.– is presenting a brand-new hot meal over the next couple of weeks in a handful of test markets, consisting of Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and L.A.

Panda’s most current menu addition, called Sichuan Hot Chicken, includes “additional crispy chicken breast strips wok tossed in a Sichuan-style spicy pepper sauce,” according to push products. The Sichuan peppercorn-laced production was obviously established after the corporation’s cooking advancement group, led by chef Jimmy Wang, took a research study journey to Chengdu and admired the range of spices utilized in the area, particularly its renowned numbing peppercorns. The meal likewise not-so-subtly nods to Nashville-style Hot Chicken, a local meal that has actually acquired nationwide prominence through upstart success stories like Howlin’ Ray’s and leviathan junk food chains like KFC

Considered that it channels 2 foods presently taking pleasure in a rise in regional appeal– Sichuan food and hot chicken– Panda Express’ mashup appears distinctively placed to create buzz, particularly considering that it might well be the very first Panda Express providing that is genuinely, objectively spicy (no, Sweetfire Chicken does not count). And if you’re the sort of individual that monitors these things, this is likewise the very first time a national-tier chain has actually used Sichuan peppercorns as a component, which is rather wild thinking about the spice wasn’t offered for U.S. import up until 2005 due to misdirected issues over citrus blight.

It’s uncertain Panda Express’ hot chicken will load a punch on par with what you ‘d discover at devoted Sichuan dining establishments like Chengdu Taste or Sichuan Impression, obviously, however provided the conservative nature of mainstream food brand names, even gesturing because instructions is a quite substantial advancement. A little spice goes a long method, as they state.

In the meantime, up until a chain-wide rollout takes place (fingers crossed), you’ll discover Sichuan Hot Chicken at 6 Panda Express areas in the L.A. location, all in the San Fernando Valley.

18427 Nordhoff St., Northridge

20040 1/2 Ventura Blvd., Forest Hills5752 Lindero Canyon Rd., Westlake Town17870 Ventura Blvd., Encino15303 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys14445 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys


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