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FWIW, don't think that the lack of response in the topic means that lunch isn't on for Saturday at 1p - most of it has gone on in PM, and we already have 10 confirmed.

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I'm in, but I want to mention that it isn't obvious that I have a PM when I am on my phone, which is 90+% of the time. I have to actually check to see, and as months go by without one I do so rarely. Is there a way to fix this?

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I'm in, but I want to mention that it isn't obvious that I have a PM when I am on my phone, which is 90+% of the time. I have to actually check to see, and as months go by without one I do so rarely. Is there a way to fix this?

Do you use the mobile site? At the top right, click the square with 4 white squares inside it. The black screen appears with New Content and other options, one of which is messenger. If you have a new message, a red box with 1 in it shows. Click that.

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Do you use the mobile site? At the top right, click the square with 4 white squares inside it. The black screen appears with New Content and other options, one of which is messenger. If you have a new message, a red box with 1 in it shows. Click that.

Yes, that is what I mean by "checking." I don't do it a lot.

I have new content bookmarked, so I start there.

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Not sure if you can do this from the mobile, but from the desktop browser:

  1. Click on your name in the upper right toolbar, and select My Settings.
  2. Click the Notification Options tab on the left
  3. Scroll down to the Private Messages area. I'm not sure if the "inline notifications" will work on the mobile, but you can check the boxes for the choices listed to have the system send you an email to your registered address when you get a PM

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Hey, sorry for the radio silence - was stuck on jury duty 3 days this week.

WE ARE STILL ON FOR 1P TOMORROW!

Nine of us in - post or PM if you want to join.

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Right before I posted here, I sent a PM to everyone who had expressed interest either in-topic or via PM to me.

It's more a question of who is checking the board between 6p Friday and 1p Saturday...

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Report: there was food, and we ate it, and it was good.

A few more details, at least for the dishes that I can remember, please correct where I get it wrong as I know some of them are mixed up:

Cold tendon and tripe in spicy sauce - I feel like this had a third meat (maybe tongue? whatever it was was the best of the selection). Thin sliced in a spiced chili oil. This dish was the last to be finished, at least the slices of tendon? were a bit lonely there until the end.

Rabbit cubes, cold and bone-in with peanuts and salty spices. This was probably my least favorite due to the tiny bone shards throughout.

Cumin lamb, hot lamb slices with bell peppers? I was mixing this one up with another dish, which may have been pork slices with mushrooms. Or not.

Shaanxi (not) hand-pulled noodles - very tasty thin noodles with ruffled edges, dressed with chili oil and spices.

Soup with lamb and mystery cubes (pita? tofu?), this came with a separate dish of some kind of chili paste and garlic, which really added a lot to the dish.

Pork? in fiery pot - vat of pork slices with cabbage in a chili broth. I've had the fish version of this here before, I think I might give the edge to the fish version as the fish filets soak up more of the tasty broth. I'm not

Dry fried green beans - this was the sleeper hit of very flavorful, garlicky beans. This is different from the heavier, greasier version with pork that I have had elsewhere (and which seems to be ubiquitous at every hotel breakfast buffet in China).

So that is eight dishes, and I feel like I may be forgetting something. Nothing was overly spicy, but after eating enough chili oil it can be hard to distinguish flavors between dishes. Anyway, for 9 people this ended up being $18 each.

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I thought the cumin lamb was not as good as skewers of lamb with cumin.

The firey pot had lamb and not particularly lamby lamb at that.  Agree that the fish would be the way to go.

 The pork had pressed bean curd and mushrooms

there was one more cold plate I think.

think the rabbit suffered from being inhe middle of the meal.... a hint would be to order cold plates firlst, then order the hot dishes after the cold plates start to arrive.

I think we hot better dishes last week.  But one thing of note: the dishes all compared with the best renditions we have had of these dishes as in "this is almost as good at it is at Grace Garden, or Joe's is a little better.  The broad range of generally excellent dishes is impressive.

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Today was my first meet-up so I was supposed to write this up, but thanks to the others because everything pretty much became a mashup in my mind.  I had a great time and look forward to more meet-ups hopefully in the near future.  My favorite was certainly the green beans.  Although the meat in the firey pot was nondescript as dean mentioned, I really enjoyed the vegetables and the "soup" (this is very similar to one of my go to dishes at Joe's, but at Joe's it is tofu in place of the meat).  The tendon and tripe was also very nice, numbing and spicy.  Based upon the abundance of good Chinese in Rockville, I am not sure when I will be back to Panda again, but it was still very good.

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my wife has forbid us ever to return.

So my wife was fine with Panda Gourmet tonight, and we actually ate there last month too as we also explored Chang in Rockwell. I find Panda Gourmet much more compelling, especially for cold dishes and vegetables. Some updates:

- no more delivery

- 10% discount if you pay cash!

- lady a table over was really mad that they forgot her General Tso's shrimp. A 15 or 20 minute ordeal. Felt sorry for her.

I recommend ordering the Dan Dan noodles, delicious and because they seem guaranteed to come out quickly for a starter. Other dishes may take a bit longer, if you are really hungry.

So, upside is greater than Peter Chang, but the service issues continue which can really torpedo a meal. A lot of lost in translation moments. But the value is tremendous.

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got carryout from panda gourmet sunday and it was great. the hand pulled shanxi noodles were great-- i loved the seasoning and the texture, the noodles felt almost fluffy. other hits were the cold shanxi noodles--a very thick, dense, slippery noodle, a very different texture from the hand pulled ones, the celery/tofu salad, and the mapo tofu which was very flavorful. one thing i wouldn't order again was what i thought was the northern schezuan bean jelly salad. at other places i've had wonderful dish of bean jelly with a savory chili seasoning. that's what i was trying to order, but i recieved a dish that was actually quite sweet. has anyone else ordered this, and if so, was it sweet? i'm trying to figure out if that's just how they do the northern bean jelly salad, or if i recieved the chengdu bean jelly salad by mistake instead. 

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Tyler Cowen hosted a dinner discussion at Panda Gourmet with Chinese cuisine expert Fuschia Dunlop.

About an hourlong discussion: video / transcript

The focus is on how to understand Chinese food culture, its growing nexus with Western culture, and especially Szechuan food. Pretty fascinating - they're joined by journalist Ezra Klein and chef Mark Miller.

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6 hours ago, saxdrop said:

Tyler Cowen hosted a dinner discussion at Panda Gourmet with Chinese cuisine expert Fuschia Dunlop.

About an hourlong discussion: video / transcript

The focus is on how to understand Chinese food culture, its growing nexus with Western culture, and especially Szechuan food. Pretty fascinating - they're joined by journalist Ezra Klein and chef Mark Miller.

And Megan McArdle.  Dunlop is really compelling, and tremendously informative -- thanks for the tip.

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9 hours ago, DanielK said:

Yeah, but I want to know what they ordered...

I asked her on twitter; her response:  "loved the Liang pi (cold Xi'an noodles) and the rou jia mo (Xi'an 'hamburgers')"

Those are the two items that appear to be the most consistent.  Otherwise, I've found PG to be hit-or-miss (though I haven't been in a while).  Lately, I've been frequenting Northwest Chinese Food, which also excels in Shaanxi cooking (or something similar--I'm no expert) and is, I think, more consistent. 

 

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Panda Gourmet is available for delivery on Amazon Prime Now so @MichaelBDC and I put in an order and grabbed a couple of drinks after our evening run. We ended up ordering the dan dan noodles, rouga mo chinese burger, cold steamed noodles with sesame sauce, hot and spicy chicken, and sauteed string beans. Highlights were the two noodle dishes, especially the dan dan noodles, and the sauteed string beans. Probably should have ordered the cold xi'an noodles mentioned above but got confused and ordered the one with sesame sauce. Still good. The green beans were nothing super special (sauteed with garlic and ginger) but still nice to have alongside the other dishes. The rouga mo chinese burger was good, but not great. I preferred the noodles to the burger, but I am a noodle fiend. The chicken was really dry and was good if we picked at it but didn't work with the steamed rice. Overall a great experience. Cost was $45 included tax and tip (which was automatic) and we had a coupon for $10 off. Order took about 50 minutes, which we expected.

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I'm normally a huge fan of Panda, but had an off meal there last night.  Yes, much of the food was still good.  But the mapo had clearly been rewarmed and not very well.  Double fried fish was soggy.  And the rice was different -- almost like a basmati.  Maybe Monday is someone's night off.  Or maybe just a fluke.  Let's hope this isn't a great restaurant in decline. 

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3 hours ago, eatruneat said:

Panda Gourmet is available for delivery on Amazon Prime Now so @MichaelBDC and I put in an order and grabbed a couple of drinks after our evening run. We ended up ordering the dan dan noodles, rouga mo chinese burger, cold steamed noodles with sesame sauce, hot and spicy chicken, and sauteed string beans. Highlights were the two noodle dishes, especially the dan dan noodles, and the sauteed string beans. Probably should have ordered the cold xi'an noodles mentioned above but got confused and ordered the one with sesame sauce. Still good. The green beans were nothing super special (sauteed with garlic and ginger) but still nice to have alongside the other dishes. The rouga mo chinese burger was good, but not great. I preferred the noodles to the burger, but I am a noodle fiend. The chicken was really dry and was good if we picked at it but didn't work with the steamed rice. Overall a great experience. Cost was $45 included tax and tip (which was automatic) and we had a coupon for $10 off. Order took about 50 minutes, which we expected.

Maybe I just hadn't had proper dan dan noodles, but the ones from Panda Gourmet blew me away.  Amazing!  Glad @eatruneat made the suggestion

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1 hour ago, MichaelBDC said:

Maybe I just hadn't had proper dan dan noodles, but the ones from Panda Gourmet blew me away.

You're so right; the tingling from the Sichuan peppercorn really comes through as compared to other versions I've had.  

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Now that they are on Amazon, going to try them through a delivery order.  Dan Dan Noodles sound like a must-order.  Has anyone had the scallion pancake?  How's the Ma Po Tofu?

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