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The China Marketplace Booth has been known for large portion sizes and fun cocktails at the Festival since 1996. It’s a very popular booth this year!
This year’s menu got a relatively big renovation, although a few of the items remained (or were tweaked and renamed.)
First up — making its debut in 2012 is the Mongolian Beef with Chinese Steamed Bun. The stir-fried beef had excellent flavor from the traditional vegetables, and I really loved the creamy sauce.
Pork Pot Stickers were an item that stuck around from the past few years. I imagine there would be a revolt if you tried to have a China booth with no pot stickers!
To be honest, these are not the best pot stickers I’ve ever had, but the portion size is good, and the sweet dipping sauce was a nice addition.
Last year’s Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick has been replaced by Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Pickled Vegetables. In this pic, it doesn’t look like the satay comes on a stick, but I found out the hard way that…it does. Ouch!
The flavor here is good, and the pickled vegetables offer a nice taste and texture contrast.
The Mango Tapioca Pudding is new this year — and very pretty! I’m a big tapioca pudding fan (my parents used to get it for us and call it “fish eyes in glue,” and what kid wouldn’t love that?!), so I was excited to see this on the menu. It was an enjoyable dish, as well — mix up the mango flavor into the tapioca!
There are ALWAYS fun drink choices in China as well. New this year (and replacing my favorite Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler!) is Sunny Guava with Coconut Rum. This was fantastic.
And the Happy Lychee always makes for a happy AJ. They dialed back the alcohol a bit last year, and they seemed to have followed suit in 2012. But you never know what you’re going to get.
And you can’t leave the China Booth without a refreshing Tsingtao Beer!
The Australia Marketplace Booth has been delighting Festival guests with tastes from Down Under ever since it debuted in 1997.
The Menu for 2012 is very similar to last year’s offerings, with fan favorites like shrimp and lamb chops back for another go ’round. There’s one big difference: chefs have taken a completely different approach with the lamb chop. More about that in a sec.
The Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies is just gorgeous, isn’t it?
Gone are the goat cheese salad and Shiraz reduction from last year’s menu, but the pesto and potato crunchies make for interesting flavors and textures.
My lamb chop was cooked expertly, and the pesto and potato crunchies (which are really just crushed up salt and vinegar potato chips it seems to me!) were awesome!
I was thrilled to see the Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze back in 2012! This dish was one of my surprise favorites last year because of the delightfully spicy sauce. The shrimp are cooked to perfection as well.
And with what is quite possibly one of the best cakes ever, the Lamington scores big as the featured dessert.
These little dessert cakes are enjoying quite the renaissance in pastry circles. Moist sponge cake is covered with chocolate ganache and sprinkled with coconut to make this delightful bite. There’s a pretty good chance that you won’t want to share!
Overall, two thumbs up to Australia and China for some delicious new dishes.
What are YOU lovin’ so far at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
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Also, if you’re headed to the Festival, check out our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book for a full schedule of events, touring strategies, tips and tricks, and a full section on the World Showcase booths this year. Be sure to check out our mid-point sale for great deals on our e-book bundles just in time for your trip!