Looking for vegetarian or vegan options at Panda Express? Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but they don't exist!
Sadly, Panda Express does not have any vegetarian options. None. If you are a vegetarian don't even go there, unless you plan to just sit and sip on a drink, because that's all they can offer you at this place. I found this information out probably 13 or more years ago, but I just confirmed once again that it is true. I've seen articles online that list what vegetarian or vegan options you should try at Panda Express. It stinks, because those articles are not accurate. Panda Express does not have any vegetarian food. Period.
Why does Panda Express not have vegetarian food, even though they have dishes that seem like they would be vegetarian? Because they use chicken stock in the dishes, thus rendering them non-vegetarian.
To get confirmation that they are still doing this (which I had found out so many years ago), I messaged their corporate office to inquire about what is vegetarian at Panda Express. Here's the letter that I got back from them today:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the food we serve at our Panda Express restaurants. We value all comments and suggestions from our guests.
Panda Express only offers a few non-meat entrees at our restaurants. Those entrees are not considered vegetarian due to our cooking process. Cross contamination may occur as we cook our meat and meatless entrees in the same wok. In addition, some of our recipes call for our non-meat entrees to be cooked with a chicken broth base. For these reasons, we advise our guests that none of our entrees are vegetarian.
Please know that your feedback has been shared with our Executive Chef and Marketing team for further research. We appreciate the time you have taken to inform us of your concern and will look into the matter.
Thanks again for contacting the Panda Restaurant Group.
Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
Reference # 788804
So there you have it! Don't pay attention to those articles that tell you what dishes are vegetarian at Panda Express. The person telling you that hasn't done their homework to inquire about what dishes are truly vegetarian. Panda Express is a restaurant that is right up the road from me, but one I never go into, because I know they are not vegetarian friendly. At all. I'm happy they are so forthcoming with the information. They even state in fine print on their website that none of their dishes are vegetarian.