Try Panda Express’ Fancy New Five Flavor Shrimp
By Cooking Panda
Fans of Panda Express should be thrilled with the new menu option. Whether observing Lent or not, this is an exciting dish for anyone.
Brand Eating has the scoop on a new Five Flavor Shrimp debuting just in time for those famished Lent-observers, and also for those of us who just love shrimp! The new item is available for a limited time and features marinated shrimp, red bell peppers, onions and green beans tossed in a “Chinese-inspired umami sauce.”
The “Five Flavor” part of the name is inspired by the sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami notes that are all wrapped up in one tasty dish. The Five Flavor Shrimp was reportedly inspired by Shanghainese gan shao shrimp, which is a sweet and sour shrimp entree. As a premium item on the Panda Express menu, the shrimp will cost an extra $1.25 to have it added to your meal, depending on your location, of course.
According to Panda Express’ online menu, some of the other items that might be safe for Lent include the classic Honey Walnut Shrimp, which are tempura battered and tossed in honey sauce with glazed walnuts (drooling); the Eggplant Tofu, which consists of “lightly browned tofu, eggplant and red bell peppers tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce”; and Mushroom Chicken (in case you only gave up red meat), which features a combo of chicken, mushrooms and zucchini tossed in a light ginger soy sauce.
If your mission is to keep it low-cal, I might stay away from pretty much any of these options, as even the Eggplant Tofu is 340 calories per serving. Hey, giving up something for Lent isn’t supposed to be easy. However, with Panda Express around it can still be tasty!
The Five Flavor Shrimp announcement didn’t mention a specific date for when the new menu item wouldn’t be available any longer, but a safe guess is probably early April, when Lent season is over. If that’s the case, you only have about a month to go and score some, so I’d hurry over if I were you! It’s bound to be worth it.Five Flavor Shrimp, Lent, limited time, panda express
White Castle Is Serving Crab Cake Sliders … Yum?
By Cooking Panda
Most of the time, when fast food chains want to offer seafood options, it’s usually fried fish fillets or popcorn shrimp that are added to the menu. This time, though, White Castle has a different idea like white castle crab cakes.
Brand Eating reports that White Castle has added a Seafood Crab Cake Slider to its menu in an effort to offer something different in the world of fast food options. That’s not to say that White Castle has anything against shrimp, since it’s also bringing back its fried Shrimp Nibblers, but the crab cake slider is expected to steal the show (at least, that’s my expectation).
The new slider is available for a limited time at all locations, and features a fried crab cake with creole sauce on one of those little White Castle buns we all know so well. According to Cincinnati’s WCPO News, White Castle began serving the new seafood items on Feb. 17, 2017, and will continue to do so through Lent.
“Today we are proud to continue leading the industry by being the first to offer a seafood crab cake sandwich at all restaurants. The bold and unique flavors of our limited-time Seafood Crab Cake Sliders are joined by the Craver favorite, Shrimp Nibblers,” said one White Castle spokesperson. “Many of our Cravers seek a dining experience with quality, affordable and convenient seafood menu items.”
Based on what some are saying on social media, consumers’ expectations for the crab cake sandwich were not high. One customer posted to the White Castle Facebook page that he was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t “a hockey puck crab cake like [he] expected.” It’s actually said to be full of flavor, and fans are praising the restaurant for getting it so right!
A third seafood item will complete the Lent menu, and that’s the Clam Strips. However, these are only available in certain locations, so check your local White Castle before getting too excited.
To top off all the good news, you can use the coupon code “RINGS” to get 20 free Chicken Rings with a purchase of $20 or more online, so grab some of those while you’re out and have a satisfying dinner!Sources: Brand Eating, WCPO News / Photo Credit: White Castle/InstagramTags: Crab Cakes, Lent, seafood, Shrimp Nibblers, Sliders, White Castle