Try Panda Express' Fancy New Five Flavor Shrimp

Fans of Panda Express should be thrilled with the new menu option. Whether observing Lent or not, this is an exciting dish for anyone.

Brand Eating has the scoop on a new Five Flavor Shrimp debuting just in time for those famished Lent-observers, and also for those of us who just love shrimp! The new item is available for a limited time and features marinated shrimp, red bell peppers, onions and green beans tossed in a "Chinese-inspired umami sauce."

The "Five Flavor" part of the name is inspired by the sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami notes that are all wrapped up in one tasty dish. The Five Flavor Shrimp was reportedly inspired by Shanghainese gan shao shrimp, which is a sweet and sour shrimp entree. As a premium item on the Panda Express menu, the shrimp will cost an extra $1.25 to have it added to your meal, depending on your location, of course.

According to Panda Express' online menu, some of the other items that might be safe for Lent include the classic Honey Walnut Shrimp, which are tempura battered and tossed in honey sauce with glazed walnuts (drooling); the Eggplant Tofu, which consists of "lightly browned tofu, eggplant and red bell peppers tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce"; and Mushroom Chicken (in case you only gave up red meat), which features a combo of chicken, mushrooms and zucchini tossed in a light ginger soy sauce.

If your mission is to keep it low-cal, I might stay away from pretty much any of these options, as even the Eggplant Tofu is 340 calories per serving. Hey, giving up something for Lent isn't supposed to be easy. However, with Panda Express around it can still be tasty!

The Five Flavor Shrimp announcement didn't mention a specific date for when the new menu item wouldn't be available any longer, but a safe guess is probably early April, when Lent season is over. If that's the case, you only have about a month to go and score some, so I'd hurry over if I were you! It's bound to be worth it.