Panda Express Is Taking Its Orange Chicken to Japan

September 30, 2016

Chinese-American fast food goes abroad

A Chinese fast-food chain with Southern California roots is headed for Japan. American shopping mall food court staple Panda Express will open one of several planned Japanese locations in late November or early December in the city of Kawasaki, about 15 miles south of Tokyo.

Panda Express launched in Glendale, California in 1983 and has since expanded to nearly 2,000 locations; it recently opened an “Innovation Kitchen” in LA where customers can find uniquely Chinese-American creations such as orange chicken burritos. (Amazingly, the chain didn’t serve the iconic Chinese-American dish General Tso’s chicken until this