Skyler Tanksley started bussing tables and running food at 14-years-old. Eventually, he started a plant-based burger and bowls pop-up called Naughty Vegan Panda in Santa Ana. The Cambodian African-American chef and founder wanted to offer the type of food he grew up eating at home, and make plant-based food accessible to underserved communities. After finding some success, Tanksley and his friend Adrian Garcia (of Naughty Boy Sushi) created a permanent niche space for Naughty Vegan Panda in Pasadena. My favorite item to order is the nami nami roll, which is made with vegan shrimp tempura and tuna sashimi, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, and sesame seeds. The menu includes a variety of other plant-based dishes like Luffy’s char sui, sumo sushi burrito, orange chicken fries, and more.
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