Japanese Healthy Sprinkles

Japanese Healthy Sprinkles: Three Chef’s Shake It Up With Traditional Japanese Spice is a recipe book, but unlike any other. Commissioned by and produced exclusively for the Mishima Foods Corporation, the idea is to push their wide line of furikake seasonings, through the deft hands of chef’s Mashaharu Morimoto, Troy N. Thompson and Roy Yamaguchi. These three world-renowned executive chef’s from world-class restaurants offer original versions of their fusion cuisines, featuring one or another of Mishima’s spices. The furikake seasonings are based on traditional powdered fish sprinkles flavored with seaweed, sesame and poppy seed invented by Suekichi Yoshimaru in the early twentieth century. Over the years, this concoction has had many incarnations, most of which are available through Mishima Foods.

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The food service industry sees restaurants close at an alarming rate. In fact, restaurants are known as the single riskiest venture an entrepreneur can get into, and yet Peking Tokyo has survived for 24 years, an impressive record for such a volatile business environment. And for good reason too. They take care of the fundamentals, without too much fanfare.
They’re located in the Mission Trace II shopping center at Wadsworth and Hwy. 285 in Lakewood. There you’ll find the obligatory Chinese model junk, room dividers, Chinese lamps, lacquered tables and chairs, and Asian-style music filling the smaller space, but set-off too by unexpected pink walls and Venetian style art-work.
The menu is big, with a wide variety of dishes from China, Vietnam and Thailand, anything a picky diner could hope for. You’ll find all your standard favorites inside, but done with a subtly original touch. Their version of the classic Sesame Chicken (for example) is not as painfully sweet as you usually get from other Chinese-American joints. This one is sweet in a gentle way, just enough to keep your sweet-tooth satisfied without coating your mouth in it. And the chicken is very tender, never overdone to the point of jerky.
The Vietnamese bowl called the Bun Dac Biet is overflowing with choices. Their unique signature stuffed chicken wing is nestled with a crispy egg roll, grilled shrimp, marinated and grilled pork and beef strips, all served over a heaping helping of thin rice noodles in (of course) a bowl.
Or you can try my favorite, the marinated beef stir fry dish they call the Bo Luc Lac. It’s savory, tender and delicious. Served with a black pepper sauce, onions, fresh tomatoes and fresh parsley sprigs, it’s simple but elegant in its minimalist approach. This is a new item, so if you haven’t visited Peking Tokyo in a while, you might want to make another trip just to check this one out.
The Pud Thai is a pleasant combination of sticky Thai noodles, peanut sauce, eggs and lime, though a little sweeter than I’m used to due to the profusion of carrot slivers. It’s also not nearly as hot. They serve it in the traditional way, with bean sprouts and fresh lime wedges, and with pork, beef, chicken vegetables or shrimp. You can also get the combination: beef, chicken and shrimp.
The service at Peking Tokyo is exceptional, going well beyond the “friendly” industry standard. Customers are made to feel welcomed, comfortable and important. They do a fairly large take-out business as well, with most of the orders coming from repeat customers, many on a first-name basis with the management. Give them a try, and you’ll quickly find out why this unassuming eatery has outlasted the usual pack of sub-par restaurants.

3355 S. Wadsworth Blvd
# H103-105
Lakewood, CO 80227
Tel: 303.985.3040

Mon - Thur 11 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday closed


Goi Cuon (Spring rolls) $3.25
Vegetable or pork and shrimp with rice noodles, lettuce and bean sprouts wrapped in rice paper Served with peanut sauce.

Chinese Style Egg Rolls $1.20

Pao Pao Platter $10.25
Egg roll, BBQ rib, chicken wing, teriyaki beef stick,
fantail shrimp and crabmeat wonton.

Scallops Xao Lan (Scallops in Curry Sauce) $10.25
Scallops sauteed with lemongrass and a touch of coconut and chili, topped with peanuts.

Tom Thit Rom (Spicy Pork and Shrimp) $9.75
Sliced tender pork and shrimp in traditional sauce

Pud Kraw Pow $6.50 – $10.25
Chili sauce with mushrooms, red and green peppers, bamboo shoots, onions
and basil stir fried with your choice of beef, chicken, pork and/or shrimp.

Chow Mein dishes, Lo Mein dishes, Egg Foo Young dishes, as well as all the traditional Chinese favorites.

Cheese Cake $2.95
Fried Banana $2.95

Panda Buffet

When you go to a buffet, you can finally let your hair down, give into temptation, and over-indulge. Be ready to eat until your belly is bursting through the seams of your pants. Don’t go to a buffet if you’re dieting or trying to lose weight; go to a salad bar. Buffets and diets go together about as well toothpaste and orange juice.
If you’re looking to get wild and crazy, if you’re searching for a buffet that offers a little bit of everything at a reasonable price, then look no further than Panda Buffet.
Panda Buffet is open seven days a week. They offer two specials: lunch and dinner. The lunch special runs $6.99 plus tax, and dinner will cost you a meager $9.99. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better buffet at a more reasonable cost anywhere in this state.
If you’re anything like me, the first spot you’ll hit up after you’ve been seated is the salad bar. This is just to get your appetite warmed up and prepared for the feast ahead. If you are watching what you eat, this is a good place to start. They offer crisp fresh lettuce, vegetables, puddings, and a wide arrangement of dressings; many of them light, or fat free. And if you’re not watching what you eat, this is also the perfect place to grab a bunch of lettuce and drown it in Ranch dressing and bacon bits. Throw on some diced ham and you’ve got an unhealthy salad, a perfect concoction for a buffet.
After you hit up the salad bar a time or two, or three, it’s time to start the main course(s). The people at Panda Buffet offer a wide assortment of delicacies; just about whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here. And at this buffet, you are like a scientist, able to mix, match, and experiment with as many textures and flavors as you’d like. Where else can you put sesame chicken on your pizza, or top your brownie sundae off with a handful of French fries? At Panda Buffet, the sky is the limit, and you can be as wild or conservative with your consumption as you want. Plus, they don’t use any MSG.
Once you’ve finished your main course(s), you know what time it is. Did somebody say dessert? You don’t eat apples or grapefruits for dessert when you go to a buffet. That’s a rookie move. Act like you’ve been here before. You know what you want; you want ice cream. And they have it here at the Panda Buffet, all of the vanilla, chocolate, and vanilla-chocolate swirl you can squeeze inside your cheeks. There is no time clock, no need to rush or give yourself a brain-freeze. Just sit back, sink that spoon to the bottom of your saucer, and tell yourself that you are on vacation.

5050 S. Federal Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80110
Tel: 303.703.6868

8460 N. Federal Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80110
Tel: 303.426.6888

Open 7 days a week
10:30 am - 10 pm

Panda Buffet Sample Menu

Lunch Dinner
Adult $5.99 $7.99
Serior (Over 60) $5.49 $6.99

Kid 10 & under

7 - 10 $3.99 $4.99
3 - 6 $2.99 $3.99


Sun & Holiday
Adult $7.99
Senior $6.99

Carry Out Buffet
Lunch $3.29 LB
Dinner $4.29 LB