Thursday, March 20, 2014

Asian Flavors at Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner

Spring rolls, a stir-fry, sate, a few balls and dimsum and then some, followed by a potent Old Stying and a Slanted Sour...  

...just another day at Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner.

Located at the Ground Floor of Y2 Residence Hotel, Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner brings the very best Asian street food all in one place. One can peek at the busy kitchen reminiscent of food hawkers preparing a variety of Asian flavors, with its range of Chinese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes.

Pink Panda offers a variety freshly made beverages. Start your meal with a cool and refreshing Pink Panty (P 110), a raspberry flavored iced tea.

A quick glance at Pink Panda's menu can be quite entertaining, with some very amusing names. And one can't help but be amazed with the diverse range of Asian flavors, from dimsum to sate, combining both traditional elements with cool innovative twists in every dish. Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner brings the flavors of Asian street food inside, with wide and spacious interiors, for one leisurely culinary journey.

The Pink Panda Stir-Fry (P 295), a flavorful vegetable dish with brocolli florettes, Chinese cabbage, carrots, sugar snaps, tofu, and woodear mushrooms. Fresh, crisp vegetables play well with the nutty mushrooms and sesame seeds, while the deep-fried tofu and crunchy wontons add contrasting textures to the dish. Fresh, clean flavors, and a great start.

Dimsum And Then Some (P 325), a bowl of assorted dumplings including Spicy Shrimp Dumplings, Pork Mushroom Shu Mai, Kuchay Shrimp Dumplings, Pumpkin and Shrimp Dumplings, and Shrimp Hakaw drizzled with a rich chili garlic ponzu sauce. All your favorite dumplings in a bowl, in a variety of shapes and colors.

The Pink Panda Rice (P 175), with Chinese sausage, green peas, peppers, fried shallots, and garlic, topped with crispy wontons. The sharp flavors of the Chinese sausage add a flavorful kick, a meal in itself and great as is, or paired with one of Pink Panda's signature mains.

VC Spring Rolls (P 240), a combo of fresh and deep-fried spring rolls stuffed with mushrooms, spiced pork, grilled shrimp and pickled jicama, served with a sate and chili vinegar dip. The deep-fried spring rolls punch through with bold flavors, contrasted with the delicate, clean flavors of the fresh spring roll. This one's a must-try dish at Pink Panda.

Puncak Chicken Sate (P 340), chargrilled chicken skewers topped with roasted peanut sauce, fried shallots, and pickled vegetables, served with a thick sate sauce sprinkled with crushed peanuts. The savory and smoky chicken sate is enriched with the sharpness of the pickled vegetables for balanced flavors, great with a serving of Pink Panda Rice.

For dessert, go for the Panda Balls (P 220/5 pcs), black & white sesame coated buchi filled with black bean, peanut butter and jelly, and dark chocolate. Like a game of chance, the fun part is not knowing the filling until you bite, and if you get the filling you want, then it's a sign of more good things to come. The different fillings are equally good, but the dark chocolate buchi is a personal favorite.

Or the Mix Mix (P 210), Pink Panda's take on the classic Halo-Halo, with pandan and coconut leche flan topped with panutsa sago, nata de coco, red mungo beans and pinipig crisps. A dessert classic reinvented, infused with Southeast Asian flavors for a unique and new dessert. And that's what makes Pink Panda special, with its cool take on traditional flavors.

Coffee? Go for Pink Panda's Kopi Panda (P 110), a refreshing iced coffee blend of espresso, milk and syrup.

And while at Pink Panda, don't forget to enjoy some of their signature craft cocktails, like the classic Old Styling (P 250), with premium whisky, Angostura Bitters, Sweet Vermouth, Cointreau, and agave syrup. A traditional cocktail given a cool twist by Pink Panda, old school was never this cool.

Pink Panda's Slanted Sour (P 250), a refreshing blend of whisky, lemon juice, yuzu, ginger syrup, bitters, egg white, and soda. The distinct sharpness of yuzu, along with ginger and lemon, combine for one refreshing cocktail.

The Pumped Panda (P 250), a wicked concoction with Tequila Blanco, cinnamon syrup, lime juice, vanilla, Mure, and soda, sweet and refreshing, with a potent kick, just enough to get you pumped up for another round.

Fangs & Bangs (P 290), another whimsical cocktail with bourbon, Cointreau, apple tincture, bitters, and yuzu, served in a tea pot. Like Pink Panda's dishes, their craft cocktails are fun, playful and inventive, adding to a unique dining experience. Sate and dimsum? And a few rounds of Old Styling? Head on over to Pink Panda...

Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner is located at the Ground Floor, Y2 Residence Hotel, 4687 Santiago Street corner B. Valdez and Singian Streets, Makati or call 0906-205-3898 for inquiries. Visit their cool FB Page at for more information.

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  1. tried this last week! loved their beef rendang! :)

  2. Lovely sounding place, it all looks great.

    1. Hi Caroline, cool place and great food, great to hear from you!

  3. what a delicious meal, i love to have all of them

    1. Hi Candy, and there's still so much more to try, great to hear from you!


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