The Painted Panda – EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
The Painted Panda, which debuted in 2018, returns for the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, taking place January 17 – February 24, 2020. The Food Studio offers “cuisine inspired by the majesty of Chinese art and culture.”
Menu for The Painted Panda at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
Spicy Beef Shumai – $10.50
Char Siu Pork Bun – $7.50
“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $7.25
Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower-infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum and Magic Boba Pearls – $12.50
Photos of Menu Items from The Painted Panda at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
*NEW* 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
This was a disappointing offering. The meat is dry, bland, and very overcooked.
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
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. This is a great option to counter the spicy noodle dish.
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
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.
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
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.
Check out our review of the “The Painted Panda” Food Studio here!
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