REVIEW: Magic Boba Pearls and More at The Painted Panda for the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Back for the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is one of our favorite food studios from previous years, the Painted Panda. This booth comes back this year with a brand-new food menu and a new cocktail, which we’re very excited to try!

Menu for The Painted Panda at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Food:

  • 🆕 Spicy Beef Shumai – $10.50
  • 🆕 Char Siu Pork Bun – $7.50

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $7.25
  • Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit ($30/bottle), Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple – $11.00
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec – $10.50
  • 🆕 Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower-infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum and Magic Boba Pearls – $12.50

Offerings from The Painted Panda at the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Photos of Menu Items from The Painted Panda at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

*NEW* Spicy Beef Shumai – $10.50

Spicy Beef Shumai – $10.50

We thought that this was excellent. You get three in an order, and each comes on a slice of pickled cucumber. The beef has a nice spice, and the coolness of the cucumber cuts it perfectly. It’s a very good offering.

*NEW* Char Siu Pork Bun – $7.50

Char Siu Pork Bun – $7.50

This was a disappointing offering. The meat is dry, bland, and very overcooked.

Char Siu Pork Bun – $7.50

There was almost no sauce on the pork, which was sorely missed in this dish. It would have at least made it edible.

“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls – $7.25

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“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls – $7.25

This milk tea is fantastic. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and the boba pearls provide a licorice like flavor to counter the milk.

Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

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Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Surprise! This one’s not brewed in China—or even made there! In fact, it’s brewed locally in Florida with a slapped-on Jasmine name, sort of like how local brewery Crooked Can made a unique draft for Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. It’s a straightforward, unfiltered wheat beer with a small floral hint. Very drinkable, and we believe this is the only spot to actually get this beer.

Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec – $10.50

Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec – $10.50

This is a debated item. This beverage is similar to past festival drinks with familiar flavors from China. It’s a bright, semi-sweet, flavorful drink. with a nice fruity flavor. Although only described on the menu as “Vodka and Triple Sec,” it clearly has an orange flavor, though some in our crowd thought it tasted like peach. This was a crowd favorite.

Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit ($30/bottle), Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple – $11.00

Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Red, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple $10.50
Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple – $11.00

This is one of the most refreshing drinks of the festival, with subtle hints of the featured flavors. Nothing is overpowering, and the alcohol pour is relatively heavy. It’s a solid choice.

*NEW* Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower-infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum and Magic Boba Pearls – $12.50

Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower-infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum and Magic Boba Pearls – $12.50

If you have never had a butterfly pea flower… then you’re probably like the rest of us. But don’t be daunted! This floral-tasting cocktail is refreshing and not as overly complicated as the description makes it out to be. It’s clean, crisp and hits the spot on a warm Florida day.

Location of The Painted Panda at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Painted Panda is conveniently located directly across from the China pavilion in the World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 6 on the map below.

We always love the Painted Panda, especially the cocktails. What about you?