Continuing on from Part 1, we continue our first day at the 2018 Epcot Internation Food & Wine Festival. Our next booth would be Thailand.
Historically, Thailand isn’t one of my favorite booths. But I love shrimp and scallops, and the Shrimp and Scallop cake got pretty good first day reviews, so…
Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake
This had a decent flavor, but was somehow a bit watery inside. I also wish the Cold Noodle Salad was a Warm Noodle Salad. Still, not bad.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
Next up was the China booth:
The China booth usually has a couple of strong offerings. We typically avoid the dumplings, as they aren’t any better than the frozen ones we can buy at an Asian grocer. We didn’t pick up the Duck Bao on this visit, but plan to in the future.
Xi’an Pancake with Beef
It may not look like much, but this was really good. It has a savory, beef flavor, and the pancake is fluffy and delicious. It’s also larger than it first appears.
Score: 8.5 out of 10
Black Pepper Shrimp
Year after year, this is one of our favorites. There is something about the heartiness of the spicy noodles that keeps us coming back for more. The dish could use another shrimp or two for the price, though.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
Mango Bubble Tea
This is by far the most refreshing and delicious non-alcoholic drink at the festival. We get ours without the tapioca, so we get more milktea. If the portion were larger, or the price lower, we would get multiple of these every day we attend. If you are okay with peach flavoring rather than mango, I recommend getting the bubble tea at the Joy of Tea booth right next to the China booth. For roughly the same price, you get a larger serving. And it’s equally delicious.
Score: 9.0 out of 10
Next up we have the Almond Orchard booth.
We didn’t plan on getting anything from this booth on the first day. But as we were almost done with a lap around the World Showcase on a very hot day, a refreshing, cold soft serve sounded great.
Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae
We made a very wise decision, as this hit the spot. Probably the best dessert at the entire festival. The soft-serve has a shockingly natural banana taste. The berries add a nice acidic sweetness, and the chocolate streusel provided a rich, nutty, chocolaty crunch. We actually went back for a second one, though at my wife’s request we left off the chocolate streusel. The picture shown is the one sans streusel.
Score: 9.0 out of 10
We made one last stop before leaving the World Showcase. It is a stop that I absolutely regretted… the Refreshment Port!
There were quite a few positive reviews for the various Poutine offerings at Refreshment Port, so we decided to partake. After much deliberation, we settled on…
Beef Brisket Poutine
This is a very, very hearty portion of fries covered in “cheese” and “beef brisket”. I put those in words in quotes for a reason. The “cheese” was a gelatinous, artificial mess that sullied every fry that came into contact with it. And the “beef brisket” was almost all fat. 75% of the “beef” was a giant glob of beef fat.
Score: 3.0 out of 10
That about does it for Part 2 (of 3) of our first day of the Food & Wine Festival. Tune in tomorrow for items from Flavors from Fire, Taste Track, Wine & Dine Studio, Chocolate Studio, and Cheese Studio.