When you go to the Panda Express’ official website, you will want to check the menu. That is the main reason why most people go there. Upon hovering in the list of Entrees, at the bottom right at the top of Eggplant Tofu and Honey Walnut Shrimp, you will discover a spicy dish whose name sounds appealing. It is the Beijing Beef. I have always been a beef lover. Since I was a child, I would always order beef burgers, steaks and lasagna. Basically, I take beef over chicken, fish, tofu or anything, any day.
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Every time I search the internet for beef recipes I do not get anything that much. It is either Beef Kebabs or Barbecue whereas other ingredients have a lot of recipes. Let us not talk about vegetables because the list would cross a million dishes with spinach and broad bean pie and roasted cauliflower lasagna on top. Although, did you know the world’s best lasagna comes from beef. If you are searching recipes for chicken or seafood or any kind of fish, there will be numerous of them. That does not bother me because I am happy with what I eat and that is beef prepared at home or some restaurant.
I never tried Panda Express before even though I heard a lot about their Orange Chicken. My friends always have the Orange Chicken and rice as the Entrée. I do not remember what kind of rice they take. I think the white steamed one or the fried rice. I would prefer Chow Mein over any kind of rice at Panda Express or anywhere. First of all, I can make rice at home whereas preparing Chow Mein would be difficult. Plus, I do not get any taste in the brown or white rice. I feel the fried rice is overloaded with soy sauce, another reason why I think I can make it at home.
If you are trying to make Panda Express Beijing Beef at home, you will need a wok. If you like Chinese food and want to prepare them at home, get one today. Panda Express prepares all their dishes in the wok. You will require Hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and sweet chili sauce. The wok will not be enough for this cooking, a large pan for frying is compulsory as well. Let us get back to the time when I first tried the Beijing Beef.
It is like the Orange Chicken of Panda Express but with more calories. It has more than 400 calories, in fact more than a KFC fillet burger. To be precise, it has 470 calories and the KFC burger has 440 calories. It has a lot of sugar in it, 24g and 25mg cholesterol. There is saturated fat along with a lot of calories coming from fat. The good news is that it does have Protein since it is beef and not vegetable. I ordered the Beijing Beef while my friends went with their usual chicken.
Did you know that some people do not have the beef for religious reasons other than that, I do not see a reason why anybody will not want this? Many people do not have the sweet and sour pork for religious reasons as well. That is a different case because that is harmful for the body and that is not a tasty dish as well. The Beijing Beef is tasty. When I was going to Panda Express with my friends by my car, I was wondering what could crispy beef be like.
Why do people say it is crispy beef? That sounds out of this world. Is that even possible? I like spicy food but I was scared since it was going to be covered in bell pepper and sauce. I was wondering whether it was going to be too hot for me even though I love spicy food. The reason I visited Bhutan was because of their spicy food. They have the spiciest food in the whole world even though it is a small country, the food is quite dangerous for a regular person. They did not just put few chilis as taste makers rather they use it as vegetables.
Getting back to Panda Express, upon entering, they served our food. Someone said “Welcome to Panda Express” as we entered. My friends had pre-ordered the food so there was no waiting. The first bite blew me away because the beef was soft. I was worried whether my love for beef will be gone when I bite on a crispy solid chunk of beef. Beijing Beef is not an authentic or a real Chinese dish, it is made by Panda Express. The good news is that it does not matter because it is tasty. Do not think that it is something from China. Panda Express is all about Americanized Chinese foods.
Beijing Beef was first tested as a temporary dish on their menu. After customers started loving it, they made it an Entrée. The sweet and spicy sauce makes it taste like sweet and sour chicken. During lunch time, they make so much Beijing Beed yet they cannot sit on the trays. The batches of Beijing Beef finish even before they have been placed in the tray for twenty minutes. The surprising fact is that even though it tastes so well, Orange Chicken sells more than this. Also, if you ask a group of ten people who tasted both of the Entrees what they would pick, 9 out of 10 will go with Orange Chicken.
There are people who thinks that Beijing Beef is real Chinese dish but the truth is that it is not. In fact, it is made up like the Mongolian Beef. It does not matter because it tastes nice and I would love to have it again and again. If you are worried about the calories then you can try the Broccoli beef which is a healthy option. Even though they have tables, I prefer take out when I get Beijing Beef once in a while.