We’d found a gluten free spot, Hangry Panda, while searching for places to eat. It’s literally a hole in the wall Taiwanese spot. They’re next door to Mendoza’s Mexican Mercado.
We dropped in on a Friday (around 11:30am) and were the first customers of the day. You order by clicking on what you want (on their iPad ordering machine). The inside is cramped with only four seats so most people were doing takeout.
The menu consists of appetizers & sides, mains and BBT drinks. It’s impressive that 99% of their menu is gluten free.
Panda milk ($7.00 USD)
Black sesame seeds, milk and a cream cheese salted milk cap. This is the priciest BBT we’ve ever ordered. The black sesame was enjoyable but did this drink blow us away? Was it that special and unique? Not really.
Salt and pepper popcorn chicken ($8.00 USD)
Bite sized chicken thigh nuggets with fried basil. We opted for the hangry chili sauce, which was disappointing. No flavour or depth. The chicken is breaded with sweet potato starch. B was craving popcorn chicken and this hit the spot for her; not too greasy and reasonably crunchy. For the price, it’s an extremely small portion.
Wine drunk pork belly ($14.00 USD)
Pork belly, bamboo shoots, scallions, pickled cucumbers and rice. The pork belly (braised with anka sauce) was tasty; sweet with an underlying, slightly wine-like flavour. It comes with a large portion of rice and bamboo shoots. Pickled cucumbers had a good texture but would have liked a couple more slices. It hit the spot but again, I’m not sold on the value.
HP stands out as it offers almost everything as a gluten free option but it’ll cost you.
Hangry Panda: Teriyaki, Street Eats & Bubble Tea
7815 Aurora Ave N