Once you enter the shop, you have a choice of selecting how many grams of froyo you'd like too have. Each 100 grams costs $13. After you have been given your tub of froyo (the staff weigh and measure your tub for you, unlike in other stores where you have to blindly guess how much you've put in), you can go nuts and choose as many different toppings as you'd like to accompany your froyo base.
While some people look for a huge range of hideously artificial and sugary froyo base flavours, such as creme brulee, green tea and red velvet to name a few, Panda only has one - original. This is made with Hokkaido milk which gives it an extra creamy and consistent texture and doesn't melt after two minutes. I've found that with many other shops that serve froyo, it is far too watery. I also find that after trying a couple of the more exotic flavours it all tastes the same. What I like about Panda is that they keep it simple and don't try too hard to wow the public.
Toppings range from chocolate chips to condensed milk, to gummi bears and crushed Oreos. You can be as adventurous as you like and mix as many different textures, flavours and syrups together to create a froyo wonderland. After you've loaded up on whatever tickles your fancy, you put it on the scale and weigh it according to how heavy your overall tub is.
The shop itself is quite small, so if you're looking for a table to sit down with friends, you're out of luck. The shop's decor is (obviously) panda themed and there are lots of cute pandas all over the walls and on top of shelves to entertain you whilst you wait for friends to choose their toppings.
The staff are very friendly and speak pretty good English. They even have a 'rewards' card where you collect 10 stamps (a stamp is given each time you go there and buy a tub of froyo) and get your eleventh tub for free. I am currently on my second card and have almost filled it up. It is that good!
It is also very close to Mong Kok's main shopping area (i.e. Ladies Market, Mong Kok Computer Centre and Dundas Street), which makes it a convenient, cheap and tasty snack after a long day of shopping. If you want to get your froyo as fast as possible, make sure you beat the school crowd. It is usually teeming with high school students once the final bell for the day rings.
So in summary:
- Excellent value for money
- Variety of tasty toppings
- Friendly staff
- 'Rewards' card
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- No seats to kick back and relax
- Shop is quite small and crowded, especially after nearby schools finish
It's definitely worth a try! Panda Froyo for the win!
Spending per head: Approximately HKD20(Other)
Value for Money5
Keep it up!