adding Zankou garlic sauce to everything I ate, including a donut.
I once went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an event almost equaling the California Strawberry Festival in terms of unpleasantness. While the former was nowhere near as poorly planned and executed as the latter, it was a 110 degree day and after eating garlic egg rolls, garlic chicken, garlic fries, garlic sausage... and yes, garlic ice cream... garlic-scented sweat poured out of my body for hours. I didn't mind but I imagine my companions did.
So when I read that Panda Express was unveiling a "Garlic Lover's Chicken Breast," there was no doubt I had to try it immediately. Panda's promotions usually miss the mark with me, but with the promise of garlic, I was willing to give it a try.
The total was $6.51, not expensive, but I have certainly been spoiled lately by going to China Express. Just three days ago I got an order of orange chicken there that cost the exact same amount and included a portion of chicken larger than both my entrees from Panda Express combined. Not to mention fried rice, an egg roll, fried wonton, and soup. The portion of garlic chicken breast that I received from Panda seemed kind of meager.
I would have liked the garlic flavor to be stronger, but I know that's not a fair statement: there has literally only been one occasion in my life when I thought something had too much garlic. There is a story there but let's not go into it. Well, okay, let's go into it. An old co-worker and I used to order double-garlic as a topping whenever we ordered a pizza; on my penultimate day working at that job, we decided to order quadruple-garlic just to see how it would be. It was too much. But we had no one to blame but ourselves. (And we obviously didn't burn out on garlic - on my last day we had Zankou Chicken.)
The chicken was disappointing - it was dry and slightly rubbery, but overall I enjoyed the amount of garlic. I have a relatively low opinion of Panda Express's promotions, but this one was decent. Of course, I'll never get it again: there is just no need. China Express's garlic chicken, which I wrote about last month, was much better. And I'm sure there are more than one hundred locations within a five-mile drive of me that can do a better job than Panda Express.