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Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Chinese food from Szechuan Palace is what the boys eat on Fridays. [1] From season 2, Golden Dragon replaces Szechuan Palace as it went out of business. [2]

Szechuan Palace (seen in "The Dumpling Paradox") and Golden Dragon (seen in "The Bozeman Reaction") have the same set and therefore look almost identical. Also both restaurants seem to share a mostly identical menu. This could be explained by an writer's error or by the possibility that Chen (the manager of Szechuan Palace) retired and transferred the restaurant to a new manager who rebranded it to Golden Dragon.

When the boys go out for Chinese food, they have a standardised order shared between the four of them: Steamed dumplings (Jiaozi), General Tso's Chicken, beef with broccoli (Gai Lan Chao Niu Rou), shrimp with lobster sauce (Shrimp Lo Mein) and Vegetable Lo Mei.[1]

When the boys pick up Chinese food, it seems like there is no consistent order besides side dishes like dumplings and fortune cookie. Everyone orders a main dish for themselves, examples would be:

In "The Dumpling Paradox" (S01E07) the boys are eating at Szechuan Palace. In "The Tangerine Factor" (S01E17), Sheldon complains about the Tangerine Chicken because oranges are used instead of tangerine. But in "The Cushion Saturation" (S02E16) - less than two years later - Leonard says he replaced Szechuan Palace with Golden Dragon because Szechuan Palace closed two years ago. Considering that Leonard's statement was grossly inaccurate, this means that Szechuan Palace closed shortly after Sheldon's complaint.

In "The Cushion Saturation" (S02E16), a writer's error occurs as Leonard talks about getting Sheldon his cashew chicken from Golden Dragon on Mondays instead of Fridays. A few episodes later in "The Hofstadter Isotope" (S02E20) the original schedule for Fridays is confirmed: "Chinese food, vintage video games [...] this is Friday night the way it was meant to be." ~Sheldon. The following season also indirectly confirms Thai food on Mondays in "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency" (S03E08): While Leonard, Howard and Raj are camping out in the desert to observe the Leonid Meteor Shower, Sheldon is about to order Thai food which was interrupted by him having to drive Penny to the hospital. In "The Excelsior Acquisition" (S03E16), Sheldon gets a summons for running a red light at 9:30 pm on Nov 16 (2009) what relates to said evening and thus confirms that this day was a Monday.

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