Though his chariot oil, sword polish, and fax paper are now obsolete, people still enjoy General Tso's chicken. Make a coordinated attack on hunger with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Chinese cuisine at Happy Panda.
Chopsticks squeeze at the succulent pieces of meat embedded in Happy Panda’s steamy rice and noodle dishes, including brown rice, which arrive at tables or doorsteps alongside signature Chinese entrees and vegetarian specialties. A garland of crushed peanuts adorns the spicy mound of pork pad thai ($6.95), and shrimp surfs alongside snow peas, mushrooms, or broccoli on waves of white rice ($5.85/pint; $9.25/quart). Golden bits of chicken and pineapple melt in the sweet-and-sour furnace of the sweet fire chicken feast ($8.99), whose egalitarian flavors break down ramparts between neighboring taste receptors. Silky pillows of mongolian tofu or Szechuan-style bean curd add spice to beds of rice ($6.95 each), and flames fall victim to a frothy deluge of imported Asian beers such as Yanjing ($3.99).
Chefs at Happy Panda use crunchy vegetables, sweet pineapple, and lots of Asian herbs and spices (but never MSG) to create flavorful Szechuan and Hunan dishes. They fry egg rolls, wontons, and origami swans to a crisp in 100% vegetable oils and offer a number of vegetarian dishes in addition to the roast pork, chicken, beef, and seafood options. The restaurant runs a bustling dine-in and carry-out trade, particularly during the lunch rush, when diners can choose from 30 specials served with fried rice and an egg roll or soup.