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Panda Express vegan options in nutshell – Not as good as it could

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The well-known fast-food restaurant chain was founded in California in 1983. Panda Express grew pretty quickly, and nowadays, there are more than 2,200 restaurants with more than 4,500 employees all across the country. The fast-food chain specialises in American-Chinese cuisines. Since it’s an Asian-styled restaurant, we would expect some naturally vegan meals with tofu, just like at Pei Wei. So, we visited the restaurant with huge expectations.

panda express vegan menu options

Panda Express Vegan options

While Panda Express wasn’t a great place for vegans a few years ago, it now has pretty decent plant-based options. Of course, this doesn’t mean we should expect vegan heaven; still, we can find many tasty bites.

vegan option at panda express eggplant tofu
Eggplant tofu at Panda Express


Let’s start with wonderful news! Veggie spring rolls are totally vegan. They don’t contain eggs or dairy. They consist of cabbage, celery, carrots, green onions, and Chinese noodles wrapped in a crispy wonton wrapper.

spring rolls as a vegan appetizer at panda express
Veggie spring rolls at Panda Express


Unfortunately, Vegan orange chicken couldn’t become permanent, so the main course options are pretty limited. But hey, at least there are tofu dishes here, which is more than avarage among the fast-food restaurants.

Eggplant tofu

Lightly browned tofu, eggplant, and red bell peppers are tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. To be honest, it is pretty good.


Do not expect much, but at least there are choices. Attention, the fried rice, unfortunately, contains eggs.

Mixed vegetables – aka Super Greens

A healthful medley of broccoli, zucchini, carrots, string beans and cabbage.

mixed vegetables super greens vegan sides at panda express
Super Greens at Panda Express

Chow mein

Stir-fried wheat noodles with onions, celery, cabbage, and definitely no eggs.

Steamed White and Brown rice

Nothing to add to it. Plain rice without any animal ingredients.


At least there are plenty of different sauces to spice up the plain sides a little bit.

  • Teriyaki
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Chili Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Potsticker Sauce
  • Hot Mustard
  • Plum Sauce
fortune cookies are vegan at panda express


The best part comes last: the desserts. All of the desserts at Panda Express are vegan. Yeah, you heard it right. However, it doesn’t mean much since there is only one. But hey, at least the Fortune Cookies are totally plant-based. They do not contain dairy or eggs, which is a pleasant surprise.

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