Review: Chinese Spare Ribs from Panda Express

Take a look at most any Chinese food takeout menu and you’ll be able to find BBQ spare ribs.  It was only a matter of time before Panda Express had a version of their own.  New Chinese Spare Ribs are now available… let’s review.

Panda Express Spare RibsPanda Express describes their new Chinese Spare Ribs like this:

Equal parts traditional Chinese and classic American, Chinese Spare Ribs are marinated and slow-cooked, then wok-fired in our tasty Chinese BBQ sauce. Our sauce is inspired by Char Siu, which is a traditional Chinese barbecued pork.

Right below the name “Chinese Spare Ribs” on the Panda Express website you’ll see the words, “Rack up an appetite”.  I’d rather have my appetite satisfied instead of getting too little and being left hungry.

Panda Express Spare Ribs 2To be clear, as you can see from my pictures, I would have to be ashamed of myself for being left hungry after my complete meal.  I opted for the standard combo of one side and two entrees.  A heaping side of fried rice, a generous portion of Orange Chicken, and new Chinese Spare Ribs.  The combo is priced at $6.80 with a $1.50 upcharge for the new Chinese Spare Ribs.  My “being left hungry” is directed at the new product only.

Panda Express Spare Ribs 3 I received 5 pieces of ribs and the amount of meat that came off of those rib bones would probably equal 1/4 of the meat from my Orange Chicken.  The bulk of the spare rib size is in the bone.  Some pieces were a little bigger and meatier than others, but for the most part they were all under 3 inches long.  A couple of pieces were quite lean, one piece was overly fatty, and the remaining two were somewhere in between.  Putting aside any descriptions of bone and fat and just getting to the good stuff… the good stuff was in fact… good stuff.

Spare Rib PandaI really enjoyed the Chinese BBQ Sauce with its blend of sweet and spicy.  Panda Express really excels with their highly addictive sauces and the blend used to coat new Chinese Spare Ribs is another winner.  There’s a nice mix of peppery BBQ sauce coating and cooked-in sauce flavor that makes for thoroughly flavorful pork.  The meat is tender and falls off the bone with ease.  The problem of course is when you’re enjoying the good stuff, the experience doesn’t last very long.  To get a better experience out of new Chinese Spare Ribs from Panda Express, you’ll probably have to get a double portion.

Panda RibsWhen you feel gypped off the original portion, you can only blame yourself for spending more to get your fill.  There’s plenty of other sweet and spicy options on the Panda Express menu that are a whole lot more filling and don’t come with an upcharge… stick with those.

Pros: Sweet and spicy Chinese BBQ sauce.

Cons: Upcharge for less food. You're likely to encounter some overly bony or fatty pieces.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 1.50/10
Price: $6.80 for 1 side, 2 entree plate with + $1.50 upcharge for the Chinese Spare Ribs. A La Carte, small $4.95, medium $9.40, large $13.45

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

More Info: pandaexpress.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 370
Fat - 25 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Sodium - 90 milligrams
Carbs - 7 grams
Fiber - 1 gram
Sugars - 7 grams
Protein - 28 grams

11 comments on “Review: Chinese Spare Ribs from Panda Express

  1. Robert says:

    Hmm. Were you supposed to get more? Saying you got 25 percent of the meat compared to orange chicken doesn’t match up with a supposed 28g of protein.

  2. Robert says:

    Also I didn’t know anyone got their terrible fried rice. Half chow mein, half veggies is the way to go, yo.

  3. Thistle says:

    Wow, you got half of what I had. I got them as a small side, and the box was packed full of them. Maybe ten ribs total? They were too spicy for me to order again, but I did finish this order of them.

  4. Will B. says:

    I got these for lunch today along with chow mein and broccoli beef, and I was pretty impressed. I think I only got 5 as well with my order, but what little fat I got I didn’t mind, and only one of them was small enough that it was really noticeable to me. I will say that I got quite a large helping of the broccoli beef, so maybe all the broccoli ended up filling some of my appetite and I’d be less thrilled without it. I’m planning on trying a double batch next time to see what I get with it, because flavor wise I though they were great.

  5. Snackeroo says:

    Panda’s fried rice doesn’t do anything for me. Their chow mein is much better IMO. Or like someone else mentioned, their mixed veggies are a good side too. But their fried rice is just too dry and bland.

  6. scram says:

    I got a small(5) order today. The sauce was awesome, the meat tender, but damn they were tiny. I didn’t notice much in the way of spiciness(maybe I need to lay off the Sriracha sauce).

  7. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Ribs and wings are the two biggest ripoff foods out there, literally paying for bones.

  8. TehBuLL says:

    Gypped is a negative racist term that offends the Roma community (formerly known as Gypsy)…so if they wanted your take on ribs from a fast food American-Chinese global restaurant they might be offended. That is all. Really this is more informational for you than anything. If you had said you got “jewed” buying this I would have let you know about that too.

    • Pilar says:

      THANK YOU! It’s like people think that gypsy dont exist anymore so they think it’s okay to say that, I don’t know why people think that it is so okay to use a racist term when you trying to be funny cause it’s not. It’s 2015

  9. Mummra says:

    chill out nerds and stop being a baby

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