Jul 17, 2012

Review: Panda Express - Beijing Beef

Panda Express' Beijing Beef was one of their limited-time offers that sold well enough to make the regular menu. Beijing Beef features battered and deep-fried marinated beef stir-fried in a wok with red bell peppers, sliced onions, and a sweet and spicy sauce.

My local Panda Express has 2-entree plates for $6.29.

The best way I would describe Beijing Beef in one sentence is: "It's like sweet and sour chicken, but with beef."

The beef itself is a bit on the chewy side. It's not going to be crispy after sitting in the steam table under the heat lamps for any appreciable amount of time, so if you're looking for crispy, you'd need to go during a mealtime rush when the Beijing Beef has a high turnover rate (i.e. it's selling a lot) so you can get it fresh from the wok. Of course, you'd also have to wait in line for a while.

The sauce is a fairly average sweet and sour sauce with just a hint of spiciness. You'd have to be pretty sensitive to spicy food before you'll be reaching for the water.

Overall, not a bad dish, but I won't be choosing it over my beloved Orange Chicken.

Nutritional Info - Panda Express Beijing Beef (5.6 ounce)
Calories - 690 (from Fat - 360)
Fat - 40g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 890mg
Carbs - 57g (Sugar - 25g)
Protein - 26g