Pink Panda: Your Southeast Asian Food Getaway

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Irene Tria | FoodFindsAsia

A cuisine is a style of cooking practices and traditions associated with a specific culture or region. Asia is the largest and most populous continent with great cuisines to name. Southeast Asia is known to be home of incredibly rich food history. It includes strong emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic component that features such flavors with a balance cooking method of stir-frying, boiling and steaming.

So why travel abroad to get a taste of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine if you can enjoy these sumptuous dishes right in the heart of Makati.

Pink Panda is the latest trendy restaurant and bar by celebrity food blogger, model and restaurateur Erwan Heusaff. The restaurant and bar concentrates on Southeast Asia’s well-known and favorite dishes in each country but with a twist. According to their Executive Sou Chef Siggy Torrente, they make sure to put their own style to make it more exciting. Put different textures on the best of Southeast Asia originals which conclude a “wow” factor after gratifying cravings.
Pink Panda Executive Sou Chef Siggy Torrente
Pink Panda Executive Sou Chef Siggy Torrente
 Pink Panda’s interior is an Asian inspired concept diner with interesting details of a busy street at night.
inverted cityscape
ceiling represents an inverted cityscape at night

Despite the squally weather that day, FoodFindsAsia didn’t let it pass to grub some Southeast Asian best sellers courtesy of Pink Panda; from Singaporean, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and our very own local dish.

Small Bites: 

Lumpiang Shang-Hang (Philippines) – finger chili/minced pork/ mint yogurt  P145

lumpiang-shang-hang

Crispy Baby Squid (Singapore) – plum glaze/chili/fried anchovies/spiced peanuts P180

crispy-baby-squid

Bagoong Chicken Wings (Philippines) – honey ginger glaze/leeks P285

bagoong-chicken-wings

Dimsum & Dumplings:

Pink Panda Pork Bun (Chinese) -Best Seller/Chinese sausage/wood ear mushroom/ salted egg P190pink-panda-pork-bun

Chili Prawn Fried Dumplings (Chinese) – aligue/kimchi and honey sauce P210

chili-prawn-fried-dumplings

Soup:

Pork & Shrimp Laksa (Singapore) – crispy tofu/chili oik/boiled egg/sesame buchi P245

pork-shrimp-laksa

Noodles:

Char Kway Teow (popular noodle dish in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia) – chicken/Chinese sausage/beansprout/chili/sweet soy/hofan noodles/egg noodles P285

char-kway-teow

Salad:

Larb Salad (Thai) -minced beef/puffed rice/fried shallots/jicama/basil lime dressing P220

larb-salad

Mains:

Chicken Satay/Sate (Indonesian) -chargrilled chicken skewers/peanut sauce/pickled vegetables P240

chicken-sate

Mapo Tofu (Chinese) -Szechuan pork/eggplant/braised leeks P210

mapo-tofu

Desert:

Custard Bun (Chinese/Philippines) – salted egg custard/kaffir lime jelly/mongo paste P145

custard-bun

And while waiting for the rain to calm down a ‘lil bit, FoodFindsAsia get to try Pink Panda’s cocktails:

Lily Sour -lemongrass syrup/agustura bitters/eggwhite/whisky P120

Fast & Furious – vodka/orgeat syrup/cointreau/watermelon juice P120

Granny Groose – red wine/rum/lemon juice/condensed milk P120

Pink Panda is at G/F, Y2 Residence Hotel, 4687 Santiago cor. B. Valdez St., Poblacion, Makati City. It’s open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For table reservations and event bookings, you may contact (0917) 839 0714 or send an email to pinkpandamanila@gmail.com.

PHOTOS BY: Mitzi Illagan


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