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.
Tangy Jumbo Shrimp
Panda Express, the world leader in Asian dining experiences, introduces its latest premium entree, Tangy Jumbo Shrimp, on Jan. 30 just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year and ring in the Year of the Snake. Tangy Jumbo Shrimp combines crispy, extra-large shrimp, fresh sugar peas and sweet red bell peppers, wok tossed in a new tangy Asian seafood sauce.
“Chinese New Year is a traditional time to honor loved ones and celebrate with delicious and symbolic food. Our Tangy Jumbo Shrimp, made with unique and premium ingredients, is our way of celebrating this joyous time of the year with our guests,” said Andy Kao, Executive Chef at Panda Express. “Shrimp symbolizes happiness and good fortune and with our Tangy Jumbo Shrimp, Panda Express wishes our guests a prosperous New Year.”
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the first moon signals the beginning of Chinese New Year, which is on Feb.10th and is celebrated for 15 days. Traditionally, families gather on New Year’s Eve to enjoy a special meal, where entrees have symbolic meanings for well wishes in the upcoming year. This meal bears such importance that if a family member cannot attend, an empty seat is kept in place to symbolize their presence.
According to the Chinese zodiac, those born with the sign of the snake are said to be insightful, determined and loyal.