I don’t believe in the idea of a “guilty pleasure” because one should never feel guilty about anything that’s pleasurable. I’m not afraid to admit that I love watching train wrecks on television, reading advanced celebrity gossip, and eating Chinese fast food.
While I could go on (and on) about my appreciation of the former two, this post is a homage to the latter. Admittedly, Chinese-American fare is oftentimes strangely sweet, extremely greasy, and hardly authentic. But in spite of these unsavory characteristics, The Astronomer and I have a soft spot for the stuff.
My penchant for Chinese-style fast food started during high school. Whenever my mom was too tired to cook on a Friday night, she forked over ten bucks and the car keys. That’s when Panda Express’ orange chicken came into my life. The Astronomer was initiated during his high school years as well. His first encounter was at the Galleria Mall in Birmingham. When college rolled around, we both had Cheng Hing on speed dial. Mmm, plum sauce.
Our outing to Chinese Gourmet Express was completely impulsive. I tell you, once the munchies hit, they cannot be denied. Between the two of us, we shared the two item combo with orange chicken, black pepper beef and a heap of chow mein. Is it just me or does this type of food taste best when it’s packed up in Styrofoam and eaten with plastic ware?
Even though it was kind of eerie how each of the items tasted exactly like its counterpart in distant lands like Alabama and Pennsylvania, we enjoyed it all immensely. We left Chinese Gourmet Express satisfied and greasy lipped.
What’s your not-so-guilty pleasure?
Chinese Gourmet Express
330 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101