I’m not a big fan of quinoa so I went for the Soba Noodle Bowl with Chicken. Besides the noodles and chicken, the bowl has spinach, napa cabbage, roasted mushroom & onions, sesame seeds, cilantro and an umami soy-miso broth.
As usual with entrees at Panera, the bowl comes with a side. The bowl did have good flavorful ingredients. Honestly I thought the chicken was a bit of an odd pairing – I think maybe seafood, shredded chicken or even the funky meatballs I get in my Pho would be better. I’m sure they use the chicken because it goes on sandwiches. The brother had a lot of flavor – needed a little salt. The overall bowl though – good flavor, lots of variety in textures. I was still a little hungry after – but I liked it.
They have videos on their site and one is even about the giant spoon – honestly that’s one of the things I didn’t like. The spoon is too big to even eat with and eating long noodles with a spoon?!? Not so easy.
The other thing to mention – right now if you have a Panera card and go to their website – you can get $5 off a bowl! If you log in to the site and go to this page – watch broth bowl three videos – you’ll get a pop up notification that $5 off a bowl has been loaded to your card! Then if you watch the other 3 – you’ll get another reward of a free drink! I have no idea how long this offer will last – so get it while you can!
**UPDATE** Since this post has been so crazy popular – I created a Copycat Recipe so you all can make these at home! Check it out here!