Kokopanda, a soft-serve ice cream café from South Korea is here in Singapore! Joining other Korean dessert brands like Milkcow, Sweet Monster and several Bingsu shops in Singapore, the cute panda-themed dessert café is already causing a stir since its opening this week at its Plaza Singapura outlet.
If you are mentally prepared to join the long snaking queues, head down to basement two of Plaza Singapura to indulge in desserts that the café calls “guilt-free indulgence”. Basically, the dessert stall stands out by adding superfood toppings such as various granola blends and dried fruits like Korean strawberries, apple, persimmon and Jeju tangerine to its three unique soft-serve flavours – White Cremo, Black Yogo, and KoKo Twisto.
The White Cremo is a rich and smooth ice-cream made with premium Korean milk, while Black Yogo is a black coloured frozen yogurt consisting of roasted coconut husk and edible activated charcoal to help remove toxins. Not really another flavour, KoKo Twisto is a combination of both the Black Yogo and White Cremo that took Kokopanda’s culinary experts many months and more than 70 reformulations before they got the right balance.
Other than the superfood toppings, customers can also add ‘pearls’ like the fruit bombs made with real fruit juice and jelly pearls made with seaweed to their orders. Currently, Kokopanda gives the option of choosing between one ($4.90) to three toppings ($5.90). So, whether you are adding the famous Honey Butter Almonds for crunch, jellies for texture or chia seeds to bum up the antioxidants, choose wisely. For those that really can’t make up their minds, go for the KoKoKongo, a towering parfait that comes with 7 types of dried fruits, KoKoCrunch, KoKoGranola and 2 types of KoKoBombs for $6.90.
Kokopanda also serves a variety of drinks like Korean-style bubble teas, fruit vinegar ciders and fruit enzyme drinks with prices starting from $2.90. While the names of these drinks sounded like weight-watchers diet drinks, we will still order the Jeju Green Tea Latte. Only because we love Jeju and we like green tea!
Kokopanda’s concept of combining superfoods with well-loved desserts is certainly smart marketing in the F&B space that sees keen competition. Even though we like to eat our superfoods as it is without processing, there is certainly no harm in adding them into a dessert on a day that you can indulge in one.
Address: #B2-60, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily