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In a move not at all meant to be ironic, Panda Express is seeking to expand to (drumroll, please) China, reports Forbes Magazine. Chinese-American chairman Andrew Cherng states that he's "working on some angles" and might do business with Golden Eagle retail group, a large Nanjing-based retail and real estate company.
But can the makers of Beijing Beef and Kung Pao Chicken sell food to the folks who invented bird's-nest soup? Chinese food in America is often radically different than what is actually served in China, notes the blog Foodista. And what has thus far succeeded in China are the U.S.-based chains that do all-American fast food, including McDonald's, Starbucks, Yum!, Dairy Queen and Papa John's. Kentucky Fried Chicken alone has about 3,000 Chinese outposts. That said, the menus are often modified to suit a Chinese palate.
"When Andrew moved to America, he brought his father's recipes with him," explains the Panda Express website. With the help and business savvy of his wife Peggy, he knew that a real meal served fast, hot and fresh would catch on like a wok on fire! And did it ever."
Let's see if bringing those the same recipes back to his homeland is equally as hot.