Panda Express Announces Return Of Firecracker Shrimp


Panda Express announced on Tuesday that it’s bringing back its fan-favorite Firecracker Shrimp to menus across the country starting February 14, 2024.

Originally introduced back in 2020, Firecracker Shrimp is a flavor packed better-for-you option made with seared wok-fired shrimp, fresh veggies, and the bold flavors of Sichuan cuisine.

While prices may vary, the new American Chinese classic is a premium item that can be incorporated into any bowl or plate for an upcharge of $1.50.

To celebrate its return, and for the first time, Panda is inviting fans to enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner experience at select locations in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY, where the chain will be transforming two of its restaurants into elevated dining destinations. Fans who are lucky enough to attend this unique experience in either city will be treated to a five-course prix fixe menu curated by the brand’s Culinary Innovation Team. Served family-style, the menu will include elevated takes on Panda Express’s signature items and will also feature unique American Chinese dishes that will only be available for these events.

Here’s a closer look at the special menu:

  • Special Amuse Bouche and a Welcome Drink inspired by Panda Crafted Beverages
  • Bread Service: Chinese donut, burrata with honey, sesame seed, chili crisp and scallion, and a side of cilantro jalapeño relish.
  • Appetizer: Mongolian beef sandwich featuring shaved rib eye topped with a cheese sauce and onions and served with a side of lotus root and yam chips.
  • Main Course: Firecracker Shrimp served with regional specialties, including quinoa brown fried rice and an eggplant tofu side.
  • Dessert: ‘Tea’ramisu crafted with chiffon cake, milk tea, and mascarpone whipped cream.

Reservations are already open for the experience, and you will be able to secure your spot by visiting for either 6:00pm or 8:00pm seatings in Los Angeles or New York. Priced at $38.00 per person, the prix fixe menu dining experience will last approximately 75 minutes. Just be aware that tickets are limited to approximately 200 seats total per city location, and availability for the tickets are on a first come, first-served basis. A minimum of two tickets is required for booking, with a maximum of four tickets per reservation. Also note that this is an 18-plus event.

You can find Firecracker Shrimp at participating Panda Express locations nationwide for a limited time beginning February 14, 2024.


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