Located at the basement of Plaza Singapura, KokoPanda differentiates itself as a healthy superfood dessert kiosk. It uses a wide range of ‘superfood’ toppings such as dried Korean Strawberries, Apple, Persimmon and Jeju Tangerine.
Note: While KokoPanda brands itself as ‘Korean’, it is not known if there is any affiliation with any existing softserve shops in Korea.
The menu has 2 sections: Softserve ($4.90/$5.90) and Beverages ($2.90 – $4.20).
2 flavours are available for the softserve: Black Yogo (frozen yogurt made from charcoal and roasted coconut husk) and White Cremo (premium Korean milk softserve).
A dual flavour known as Koko Twisto made from both Black Yogo and White Cremo resembled the colour of a Panda (which is their mascot) – black and white (and our local Michael Jackson drink – Soybean Milk with Glass Jelly).
Toppings include Dried Superfruits with preserved natural nutrients and vitamins, Jelly pearls made from seaweed and Bursting jelly caviars made from real fruit juice.
A single topping with the base softserve/froyo will cost $4.90, 3 toppings at $5.90 and any additional toppings at $0.80.
Perhaps labelling each topping at the counter helps in ordering as the person behind me had multiple queries on the various ingredients on display.
He gave up, and ended up ordering “the pretty-looking toppings”. #FirstWorldProblems
After all, dried Apple, Persimmon, Pear and Jeju Tangerine tend to be yellowish-brown in colours and looked pretty much the same.
Our favourite was the Koko Twisto ($5.90) with both froyo (frozen yogurt) and milk softserve.
Served in a palm- size cup, the sourish froyo was well balanced by the smooth and sweet milk softserve, giving 2 sensations in one mouth.
Instead of using freshly-cut fruits as toppings, the dried fruits was less citrusy and provided an interesting crunchy texture. Mashisoyo.
Koko Black Yogo ($5.90), a black frozen yogurt made from charcoal and roasted coconut husk maybe less common than black softserve, but tasted pretty much like any other froyo.
The sourish, tanginess froyo be a little overwhelming on its own so we packed it with bursting jelly caviars to balance out the taste.
Korean softserve shops which were once considered trendy, are dwindling in numbers and becoming endangered (like Pandas) in Singapore.
The interesting idea of superfood softserve may attract the OLs working nearby and the diet-conscious gym-goers, for the time being. KokoPanda would probably need to stay ahead in flavours innovation and consistent marketing strategies.
We hope that this panda will not be just another a passing fad, like some of the rest.
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #B2-60, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.