What is the difference between a plate and a Bowl at Panda Express

What is the difference between a plate and a Bowl at Panda Express

Panda Express has just recently added to their menu with the addition of new sauces, like honey sesame and orange peel, but one thing that has remained consistent since the beginning is the plates and bowls you can order your food in at Panda Express restaurants across the country.

What you may not know, however, is what makes these plates and bowls different from each other, or if there even is any difference between them at all. Do plates and bowls at Panda Express really differ? Let’s find out!

Why did Panda Express come up with this weird packaging for their dishes?

As it turns out, these containers are meant to enhance your dining experience. According to Danny Buck, Panda’s chief marketing officer, these containers exist because of the ever-increasing consumer demand for customization.

He also explained that people want options, they want different size packages so they can decide what they feel like eating.

If you’re trying to eat healthier but don’t like cutting your portion sizes in half and/or getting leftovers (I know I’m not alone here), then these bowls might be right up your alley. But if you plan on packing your lunch for work or school, beware of overfilling!

The real reason behind these boxes

So you think you can order more if you get more takeout containers from Panda Express, eh? Think again. The purpose of both boxes is to help customers transport their food back home. From there, you may use one or all three to store your leftovers for later.

At times, I’ve been lazy and tossed my remaining items into a box without even bothering to reheat them in the microwave (long story short: that’s why we now have microwaves). As long as they make it home safely, you should be good to go. There are four ways customers can choose their takeout containers:

You can order a single-serving container (what most people get), a two-person serving container, a three-person serving container, or a family pack.

Why you should use bowls, not plates

In order to maximize your tastiness, you need to pile it high. The serving sizes are quite different when comparing plates to bowls. This is why if you fill your bowl with food, you get more bang for your buck than if you use a smaller plate.

We all know how delicious Panda can be, but wouldn’t it be better if we could get even more food in our bellies? By using bowls instead of plates, we can enjoy more deliciousness without overfilling ourselves!

You win as always, Panda! Please accept our thanks for providing us with so much delicious food and allowing us to eat as much as we like!
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The truth about this packaging

The folks over at Business Insider have tried to answer that question by taking a closer look at Panda Express’ food packaging. They also provide some fun facts about how much oil is used to create your meal. Plate or Bowl, does it really matter?

A lot of people who eat fast food might say it doesn’t make any difference, but those plates and bowls are actually designed with your health in mind. While you may think you’re eating healthy when you order from a Chinese restaurant, most meals come drenched in sodium-rich sauces, says Beth Warren, RDN, author of Secrets of a Kosher Girl:

A 21-Day Nourishing Plan to Lose Weight and Feel Great. And if you’re not careful about what else you’re ordering off the menu (sweet and sour chicken can be loaded with sugar), it’s easy to blow your diet without even realizing it.

Are bowls cheaper than plates?

I’m sure many people have seen their favorite Chinese food eatery, Panda Express, post a new item on its menu: Bowls. But are bowls cheaper than plates, or is it just a trick to get you to spend more money?

A quick online search reveals that some folks can easily tell why one costs less than another; others don’t quite get it. On August 18th, 2012 someone posted a query on Yahoo!

Answers asked if plates are cheaper than bowls at Panda Express because they wanted to start saving money by eating off of plates.

How do you order a bowl instead of a plate at Panda Express?

If you find yourself with one main dish on your mind—Chicken Lo Mein, for example—then order that. But if you’re in search of more variety or have multiple people with different tastes to please, then your best bet is to go with a whole bunch of options that can be served over rice or noodles.

With dishes like Kung Pao Chicken and Sesame Chicken, it doesn’t matter whether you choose them in bowl or plate form: Either way, they’ll come topped with vegetables and long, thin strips of crispy fried wonton wrapper (or deep-fried tofu) designed to soak up any excess sauce before they head back into your mouth. To go full-bore on carbs, order both entrees as plates over white rice.

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