I’ll bet you’ve all spent a day or two (or more!) strolling around Epcot’s World Showcase…walking right past the Joy of Tea in the China Pavilion.
After all, with all of China’s gorgeous themeing inside the gate, who would happen to look outside of it?
Many folks assume it serves… well, just tea.
But this fun grab-and-go stop actually offers so much more!
And here’s a DFB tip! You can try all of their snacks at once via the Lucky Combo.
The Lucky Combo is a terrific way to sample the eats at the J of T: the Curry Chicken Pocket, Chinese BBQ Pork Bun, and Egg Roll (if you order the snack portion of any of these, you get two of the item – for the Combo, you get one each).
The Lucky Combo also includes your choice of ice cream (Caramel Ginger or Strawberry Red Bean), AND a can of soda to quench your thirst!
The price? $9.98 for everything. Score! That’s less than the cost of one turkey leg!
I took my Combo over to the seating area at the Lotus Blossom Café.
Let’s go down the list, shall we?
Starting with the Curry Chicken Pocket (AJ’s a fan!), the center is great: the chicken is flavored with a generous-enough amount of curry that you can taste it in every bite. It’s not a ton of curry, but I think you definitely need to enjoy curry to appreciate this snack (which, fortunately, I do!).
But, as AJ noted in her review, the standout here is the pastry surrounding the chicken: it’s light, flaky, and buttery, and I enjoyed the touch of sesame.
The Egg Roll here is pork and vegetable. The wrapper was not as crispy as I like (in fact, I’d even say it was a little rubbery), but overall it’s your basic, decent egg roll.
The Chinese BBQ Pork Bun is a pretty great little snack. The pork inside the bread was very tender, and I enjoyed the presence of onion in addition to the mild BBQ flavor.
But my favorite part was the roll surrounding the pork (even though it gets a little messy because it’s so flaky). It’s thick, super soft, and has great flavor.
As you may have noticed, there is lots of bread all over the Combo. I think that’s why it’s so filling — even more so than the protein in the meat. I started to feel a bit of fullness setting in before digging into the final course: ICE CREAM!
I chose the Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream, and it’s definitely my favorite part of the Lucky Combo. I don’t even particularly care too much for regular strawberry ice cream from the store, so I don’t know why I like this so much.
It’s definitely a cream versus a sorbet, yet it’s still quite refreshing thanks to its fruity flavor. The red bean makes it less sweet than a typical strawberry ice cream. And the size of the carton is pretty generous, too. The ice cream is packed dense, so you are getting a lot with each little bite.
So, now I’ve tackled all the food at Joy of Tea. Next time I’m actually gonna try some TEA!
And I might be more than a little tempted by that Mango Gingerita, too… one thing at a time, I guess. But if you can’t narrow down which thing to try on your next visit, then the Lucky Combo is a lovely way to go!
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