There’s a bun in the oven…

August 13, 2010

and a couple of other edibles now in the China pavilion at Epcot…

Despite the copious amounts of food and beverages available around the World Showcase, I’ve long lamented the lack of reasonably-priced (of course “reasonable” by Disney-food standards…) savory “snack” items. Sometimes you just need a bit of a nosh to get you from the tequila bar in Mexico to the frozen Grey Goose slushie in France…

Well now the Joy of Tea kiosk in China has some items that just fit the bill… Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls, Curry Chicken Pockets and BBQ Beef Buns. Each order comes with two pieces, with the buns costing $4.50 and the other two items running $3.99.

How "Lucky" can the Lucky Combo be without an adult beverage???

The size/volume of the goodies perfectly fit into that “savory snack” size that I think has been missing, and the price is right…  also all are easy to eat out of hand while wandering around… but how about what’s really important… how do they taste?

Curry Chicken Pockets on the left, Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls on the right, and a tasty Chinese brew in the middle...

Let’s start with the egg rolls – they are reasonably good quality frozen-type egg rolls – nothing bad at all but nothing special… if you feel like an egg roll (and who doesn’t from time-to-time?) they are perfectly fine.

The Curry Chicken Pockets are triangular pastries encasing a curry-flavored (big shock from the name, huh?) chicken filling. The filling is flavorful, with a little bit of a bite. The flaky pastry (which I doubt is very authentic) is sprinkled with sesame seeds. There could be a bit more filling, but overall I thought this was quite a tasty item and I’m sure I’ll see more of these going down my gullet in the future…

Shiny BBQ Porks Buns

Now to the buns… and we all love buns, don’t we? These are baked buns with a nicely glazed top – looks like a big, pretty, dinner roll actually – inside is a fairly small amount of sweet barbecue pork.

Inside the buns...

The filling is a bit sweet for my taste, but would have been good if there was a bit of spice to it. And for the size if the buns, the filling was a bit sparse… that being said, it still wasn’t a bad choice, and I’m sure plenty of people would find this quite yummy…

Now as an “authentic” food item, this probably is far from it… now I’m not the ultimate Asian food expert, but the buns I’m most familiar with are actually steamed, and look (and taste) quite different from these… doesn’t make then bad, just not quite “right”…

All in all I’m glad these items have been added, the price is right, and it’s something different to snack on. I really quite liked the Curry Pockets, and the Egg Rolls and BBQ Buns were both fine, if unexceptional. So next time you’re taking a trip around the World Showcase Promenade, stop by the Joy of Tea and give these a try – post a comment and let us know what you think…

The Joy of Tea also has some interesting and unusual adult (and non-adult) beverages available, but that’s another post for another day… and a few more “research trips” to properly evaluate them… once again, I hope you people appreciate what we here at Eating (and Drinking) Around the World go through just for you… yeah, it’s all for you… and we’ll take about that Central Florida mountain property I’ve got for sale in the next post…

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