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Why did Panda Express Fail in Canada?

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  • Nov 28th, 2017 10:21 pm
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Dec 21, 2011
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ar2020 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2017 12:52 pm
The food is fantastic and great value in the States. I haven't gone to the one in Canada but I am guessing it is failing because of low quantity and quality. I hardly see anyone going to Panda Express here.
Well there's your reason right there. Why should anyone else pick up your slack?
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Jkavafian wrote:
Nov 8th, 2017 10:05 am
We often go to Panda Express in California. Everything on their menu is laced with sugar. I have traveled extensively in the US and not even New York or San Francisco can compare to Toronto or Vancouver when it comes to Chinese food. We have the best here.

Oddly though, the best Thai and Korean food I've ever had was in Los Angeles.
I wholeheartedly agree. The first time I went to NYC, I wanted to eat Chinese food. I figured the city is one of the gastronomic capitals of the world, so it would taste great. Oh no. :(

I've also tried it in several places in Europe, and their quality was just sad. I feel sorry for people over there, thinking that that's all there is to Chinese food.
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The real question is, why is Din Tai Fung available in the US and not Canada?
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S14_Raven wrote:
Nov 13th, 2017 8:20 pm
Oh snap... we got the 'fahn bahn' here.. TIL..
That's why it's a head scratcher.
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Dec 7, 2004
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One opened in oshawa a few years ago and quickly closed. My wife is vegan and we dropped in to check it out. All the food was pre cooked and they couldn't accomodate her. The chairs were all metal and it just seemed like a cold atmosphere. We walked out thinking this place won't last.
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Feb 26, 2011
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A chop suey place vs real Chinese restaurants? Especially when the real Chinese restaurants are upping their game by providing English menus and passable service in English? The only chop suey places that are still thriving are those in malls and in rural Canada.
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Jan 16, 2011
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Didn't even know PanEx ever hit Canada... main problem is their franchisees couldn't reproduce the food faithfully. Most brand new franchisee locations, food is excellent (love the veggie chow mein). In large cities in the States (and most places in Cali), food is satisfactory. Until I started hitting a PanEx that's out of nowhere - everything they make is greasy and saucy as hell.
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tranquility922 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2017 3:08 pm
I dunno, it's kinda western-ppl Chinese food, e.g. really rich w/ sauces, kungpow chicken, general tso etc etc etc. I don't see any differentiation vs those other 'Chinese food' chains one can find in the mall foodcourts.
That's exactly it.
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The one in Toronto is meh food and over price.

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