Panda Management Company, Inc. (PMC), based in Southern California, has grown dynamically ever since 1983 when it opened its first Panda Express, its most successful operation. As that name suggests, Panda Express units are fast-service Chinese restaurants, now found in over 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Japan. Altogether, PMC manages over 300 Panda Express Restaurants, six Panda Inn Restaurants, eight Hibachi-San Restaurants, and seven Panda Panda locations. Panda Inns, the first of which opened in 1973, are all located in Southern California, as are the Panda Pandas, upscale, gourmet Chinese food restaurants. The Hibachi-San Restaurants, featuring Japanese cuisine, are located in shopping mall food courts, about half of which are at select sites outside California. The much more ubiquitous Panda Express Restaurants are located in five basic operating environments: mall food courts; supermarkets and retail chains; shopping centers and key intersections; university and college campuses; and airports, casinos, and sports arenas.




Spicy Chinese Dumplings

Spicy Chinese Dumplings
Panda Express Recipe

Makes about 30 dumplings

1/2 pound ground chicken
1/4 cup minced green onion
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili oil, optional
1/3 cup minced shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup minced Napa cabbage
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
30 round Chinese dumpling wrappers

Coriander, chopped peanuts and minced red bell pepper, for garnish

Mix all ingredients except the wrappers in a bowl just until blended. Lightly brush edges of a dumpling wrapper with water. Place 1 tablespoon chicken mixture in center of wrapper and fold in half. Pinch edges to seal and pinch pleats around curved edge. Repeat with remaining ingredients, placing dumplings on a tray in a single layer. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook. (Dumplings may be formed up to 2 hours ahead.)

At serving time, boil 2 quarts water in large wok or saucepan. Gently drop dumplings into water several at a time. Cook 5-6 minutes or until cooked through. Remove with slotted spoon, drain briefly and place in warm serving bowls. Serve with soy sauce or other dipping sauce on side or drizzled on top, and garnish with items such as coriander, chopped peanuts and minced red bell pepper.

Note: For mild flavor, omit chili oil.

Source: Panda Express

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