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Premium Pork Belly Entrees

Panda Express' New Honey Glazed Pork Belly is Cooked Sous Vide

— February 6, 2018 — Lifestyle
For those looking for a way to enjoy slow-cooked pork belly without the wait, Panda Express' new Honey Glazed Pork Belly is the perfect option. Available alongside several healthy new side dishes, the premium pork entree is indicative of the chain's recent efforts to elevate its menu.

The new New Honey Glazed Pork Belly from Panda Express is a specialty dish currently being tested at the chain's latest (and fourth) Panda + Tea Bar restaurant in Pasadena, California. The dish itself consists of pork belly that has been cooked sous vide for five hours before it is smoked, flash-fried and tossed in a wok. To give the pork extra flavor, it is tossed with a slightly sweet "Chinese-inspired honey barbecue sauce."

Alongside the new pork dish, the chain is also testing three new veggie-based 'Fresh Favorite' sides, which include Glazed Carrots & Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa Brown Fried Rice, and a Kale, Cabbage, & Broccoli Stir-Fry.
Trend Themes
1. Premium Pork Entrees - The rise of premium pork belly dishes, like Panda Express' sous vide Honey Glazed Pork Belly, showcases the growing demand for high-quality and elevated pork options.
2. Healthy Side Dishes - The introduction of nutritious side dishes, such as Glazed Carrots & Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa Brown Fried Rice, and Kale, Cabbage, & Broccoli Stir-Fry, aligns with the increasing consumer focus on health and wellness.
3. Elevating Fast Food Menus - Panda Express' efforts to elevate its menu with specialty dishes like Honey Glazed Pork Belly demonstrates the disruptive innovation potential for fast food chains to expand beyond traditional offerings and cater to evolving consumer preferences.
Industry Implications
1. Fast Food - Fast food chains have an opportunity to tap into the growing market for premium pork dishes by introducing innovative and elevated menu items like sous vide pork belly.
2. Health Food - The introduction of healthy side dishes by Panda Express and other similar chains offers an opportunity for the health food industry to expand its reach and provide nutritious options to a wider audience.
3. Casual Dining - Casual dining restaurants can learn from Panda Express' example and explore the incorporation of specialty dishes, like Honey Glazed Pork Belly, to differentiate their menus and attract customers seeking unique dining experiences.
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