Helen Freund headed out to “quirky” Pandan Teahouse in Harahan for technicolor Filipino sweets, soft serve, and banh mi.
Purple soft serve comes with green and purple waffles, all a product of ube, a purple yam used in some Filipino desserts, and pandan, a green leaf and herb common in Southeast Asian cooking. A bright, icy mango and chile-flavored beverage comes topped with a chile-dusted tamarind lollipop. There’s also a wide variety of bubble teas.
Freund was disappointed her Vietnamese ham and slow-roasted pork banh mi lacked the pate she’s used to, but she applauds the grilled chicken banh mi, which is “more of a soft, slow-roasted affair, with delicious fatty bits and juicy, pliable hunks stuffed into the roll.”
Pandan offers a rotating menu of soft serve flavors, like Thai tea; plus the sweet shop is baking king cakes during Carnival season. Menu specials include a banh mi and bubble tea option for $9.95. The restaurant is closed Mondays. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m every other day of the week.
Read the full review here.