Panda Express And Bambang

Remember a long time ago when I posted about the overzealous Panda Express Lady?  Well, she has not been at the Panda Express in several months.  I don’t know what happened to her, because seriously – why would I?  But Dame and I went to Panda today, and I realized that I actually miss her.  The Panda people there now aren’t nearly as excited to see me.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that they’re NOT excited to see me.

You know what I hate? I hate that the way our Panda is set up, you order your food at one end of an assembly line type of counter, and you get your food pretty much right at that same end that you order, but then what happens is that you have to wait forEVER for all the people ahead of you to make it down the line to the cash register.  And then by the time you pay, your food is not all that hot and steamy anymore.

Mr. Mock will attest that I am totally quirky about eating hot food.  It’s one of the reasons that I’m such a fast eater (which I know is bad for you).  It’s because I enjoy food most when it’s, as Mr. Mock would say, “Chernobyl Hot.”  There are actually some foods that, when they cool even only slightly, I actually can no longer eat them.  Mac and Cheese is the perfect example.  If I don’t see steam rising from my Mac and Cheese, I will not eat it.  It has to be PIPING.

Just a little Mockarena factoid I thought you might be interested in.

By the way, the cashier at Panda today?  His name was Bambang.  I am totally not making this up.

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  • barkleybug

    Speaking of hot: when someone puts food down in front of you and tells you to be careful because the plate is very hot, do you immediately touch the plate to see just how hot it really is? I find that people either answer “of course!” or stare blankly and wonder what is wrong with me. My husband’s family never touches the plate, my whole family touches it immediately.

  • rosie too

    Completely agree about the piping hot food. One of my favorite restaurants has great food but what I really like about it is the entree comes out scalding. And, yes, I always touch the plate. Sad but true.

  • Anonymous

    PS. How is Dame?

  • mseunice

    I have the same aversion to less than hot food. I have a fantasy about finding a restaurant where there’s at least one microwave on each table for mid-meal reheatings. If it’s supposed to be hot, it better be HOT & if it’s supposed to cold, it better be COLD!
    I like ice crystals in my Diet Coke.

  • meganyore

    im the saaame way. i microwave my food till there are parts you cant eat, but most of its pretty steaming. i like it so hot i cant taste it is wha i tell my hubby. i cant eat something once its cooled. ew ESP not mac and cheese. grooss.

  • Hatchetwoman

    Mock, if you’re in line at one of these fast-food places, you can go around people who are dawdling. All the places to eat near my work are set up the same way you describe the Panda Express, and everyone goes around the person or persons who can’t seem to make up their mind, or who look intently at the food and direct the server to exactly the right slice of chicken (or whatever). No one gets offended, especially because the servers always tell people to go around if they’re hesitant.

  • Mockarena

    Anonymous – Dame is great! 22 weeks along and totally precious looking.

    Hatchetwoman – it’s not that the people ahead of me are dawdling – it’s that they too are waiting to pay. The cashiers are waaaay slower than the food servers. 🙂