First up comes the Panda Express version of a chicken egg roll, something that isn’t a staple or a food at all in China. The Western version of a spring roll contains cabbage, carrots, green onions and chicken — and it’s roundly panned for its soggy contents and hard shell. It’s called everything from gross to a food that tastes like a candle.
Secondly, the participants try Chow Mein, which is made up of noodles, celery, shredded onions and cabbage. While the older folks seemed to like the Chow Mein from Pandra Express, many of the younger people dismissed it — save for one young woman who called out the hipster guy in the middle, saying he eats McDonald’s all the time, so he shouldn’t rag on the Pandra Express food for not being “authentic Chinese food.”
The fried rice came next, which consists of soy sauce, eggs, peas, carrots and green onions. The smell was deemed sour by the older folks, even though some of them said it was similar to authentic fried rice. After that came the hot and sour soup — which is a sour, salty and fresh version of a dish that might contain pork, sausage, egg, mushroom, dried bean curd sheet and bamboo. The older folks (at least the two older women) thought the hot and sour soup was similar to their authentic Chinese fare, while the older couple didn’t like it — as did the younger folks.
As for the Kung Pao Chicken, a dish that generally includes peanuts, zucchini, peppers and green onions, it was called salty, spicy and good smelling by a few of the taste testers. Last up was the Orange Chicken, which, although is inspired by the Hunan Province in South Central China and is dubbed Panda Express’ most beloved dish, was revealed to be a truly American kind of thing.
“My mom calls it the food that fools Americans.”
Nevertheless, the older Chinese folks liked the tasty Chinese food and gave it pretty high marks. In the end, the video that has received nearly one million views as of this writing closed off with comments from the participants about their mothers teaching them not to leave one grain of rice on their plates. As imagined, loads of comments are pouring into the video on YouTube. As reported by the Inquisitr, Panda Express was one of the eateries that were open on New Year’s Eve.
[Image via “Chinese People Try Panda Express For The First Time” from BuzzFeedVideo]