China’s Global Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is another booth celebrating its 20th anniversary. This post details the menu of China’s marketplace booth, along with my thoughts on it.
Personally, I think it would’ve been really cool to make feature Chinese foods sold at Shanghai Disneyland. Synergy is practically a four-letter word among Disney fans, but I think this would’ve been a cool and well-received synergistic ploy. For example, who wouldn’t want to try a Peking Duck Pizza in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head like the one served at Pinocchio Village Kitchen in Shanghai Disneyland?!
Speaking of duck, by far the item for which I was most excited at the China booth is the Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce. (I think I might actually give it a second chance…) I’ve become a huge fan of bao (particularly the cute Mickey Mouse glove ones–another missed opportunity for synergy!), and a roasted duck bao sounds amazing.
Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has officially started, we’ve updated this menu with food photos, thoughts on value for money, best use of Disney Dining Plan snack credits, and more!
Here’s what you will find on the food menu this year at the China booth:
Chicken Pot Stickers – These are the same pot stickers you can order at Lotus Blossom any day of the year. You can do better.
Sichuan Spicy Chicken – A very healthy portion here with tender meat and the perfect amount of breading. The flavor here was really, really good and not intensely spicy. Highly recommended.
Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles – A healthy portion of noodles perfectly prepared with the right amount of sauce and garlic. The shrimp likewise had a very light breading and were well prepared (read: not rubbery). Recommended.
Beijing Roasted Duck in a Steamed Bun with Hoisin Sauce – I wanted to like this. I suspect it will be a very hit or miss item and really dependent upon the amount of duck they dole out. My portion was really small, but I noticed others that had double that amount of meat. The duck that was in the bao was good, but it was totally overpowered by everything else. I’d like to recommend this, but the variable portion size coupled with high price makes that tough. Perhaps worth the gamble if you’re using Disney Dining Plan credits? (It is a good use of a snack credit, FWIW.)
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (particularly because most are not unique to Epcot, so you can find a ton of info and reviews of them via Google), but here is the drink menu for China:
Strawberry Plum Wine Cooler with Takara Plum Wine
Ritzy Lychee with Courvoisier Cognac VS and Smirnoff Vodka
Kung Fu Punch with Smirnoff Vodka and Bols Triple Sec
Happy Peach with Dekuyper Peach Liqueur and Myers’s Dark Rum
Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk
That’s quite an impressive list of drink choices, alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike. That mango bubble tea is scratching me right where I itch!
If you’ve tried any of the marketplace items in China, what did you think? Favorites? Least favorites? What was and wasn’t worth it? Anything on the menu you’re excited to try this year? Do you think Disney should just bail on the current menu, and go for things “authentically Disney, distinctly Chinese” from Shanghai Disneyland? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!