It’s time to grab your Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Buns and Smoked Beef Bulgogi!! The 2020 Lunar New Year festival at Disney California Adventure has finally begun!
Happening now through February 4th, 2020, we have been having a blast celebrating the “Year of the Mouse” over in DCA. And while we’ve already told ya about some of the amazing entertainment (like our girl Mulan and her Lunar New Year Procession!) we’re BACK to talk about all DEM festival EATS! That’s right, folks! It’s time for our rundown of the Lunar New Year’s Best of the Fest sips and snacks!
2020 Lunar New Year BEST OF THE FEST
Firecracker Three Cup Chicken Wings from Red Dragon Spice Traders
These crispy chicken wings are tossed in a spicy red chili pepper sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, and soy! We loved them so much last year, we just had to get ’em again! They’re seriously FIRE! Get ’em for $7.50!
Honey Lime Green Tea from Red Dragon Spice Traders
The new Honey Lime Green Tea for $6 had a nice, mild flavor! While we definitely tasted the honey, the drink wasn’t too sweet! We spiked ours with bourbon for $13 but we didn’t find the alcohol to be too overpowering. In fact, it was quite refreshing!
Honorable Mention: Shrimp & Ginger Dumplings from Red Dragon Spice Traders
The Shrimp & Ginger Dumplings from Red Dragon Spice Traders are very tasty as well — we just slightly preferred the Firecracker Chicken over them! Served with a soy reduction sauce, and sriracha-mayonnaise, this dish packed a real punch of flavor. If you’re looking for a yummy seafood option, go with these guys for $8.25.
Chicken Meatballs and Lo Mein Noodles from Longevity Noodle Co.
Do yourself a favor and grab the Chicken Meatballs and Lo Mein Noodles for $7.50! It’s a hearty portion of lo mein noodles, well-seasoned ground chicken (so yeah, it’s kinda healthy, too!), and comes served with a cabbage salad and apple-ginger sauce on top. YUM!!!
Black Sesame Mochi Donut from Longevity Noodle Co.
You know we love to “Mochi Donut and chill” at Disney California Adventure this time of year. It’s always one of our favorite bites at the Lunar New Year fest, and this year’s no exception! Pick this one up for $6!
The donut was perfectly moist, with a great texture. The flavor came through, and was just the perfect amount of sweet! The seeds on top were also a great addition, giving the donut a nice crunch to every bite.
Honorable Mention: Vegetable Egg Roll and Chilled Sesame-Garlic Noodles from Longevity Noodle Co.
We’re giving this dish a special shout out because we’re BIG fans of the chilled sesame-garlic noodles that accompany the vegetarian egg roll. The egg roll is fine and all, but it’s not the main draw and doesn’t really stand out to us. The noodles, however, are very TASTY! This dish costs $7 — we just wish it came with more noodles for the price! We’d even forgo the eggroll entirely in lieu of more NOODS!
Smoked Beef Bulgogi Short Rib from Lucky 8 Lantern
The Smoked Beef Bulgogi Short Rib at Lucky 8 Lantern is new this year and was maybe the best thing we ate ALL DAY! The short rib comes served with a cake of steamed white rice and a crispy green onion salad. LOVE the portion size, flavors, and textures of this delicious festival offering which costs $8.25!
Peach Sojito from Lucky 8 Lantern
And speaking of our top picks for our BEST of the FEST list, the Lucky 8 Lantern also has our favorite drink! The new Peach Sojito is a classic mojito — with a Korean twist! It’s made with craft soju, Simply Peach, house-made mint-infused simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and soda water. Pick one up for 13 bucks!
Honorable Mention: Shrimp Fried Rice from Lucky 8 Lantern
It’s hard to compete with the flavor powerhouse that is the Smoked Beef Bulgogi Short Rib, but the Shrimp Fried Rice is also really tasty! It’s served with garlic-bacon edamame and a pile of deliciously deep-fried breaded shrimp! This dish will cost ya $8!
Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Bun from Prosperity Bao and Buns
The Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Bun is one of the most fun festival eats of them all! I mean, who doesn’t appreciate a Mickey-shaped food novelty — especially when it studded with chunks of hot dog! You can chow down on this adorable eat for $7.
Mango Pineapple Pastry from Prosperity Bao and Buns
We’re obsessed with this flaky, sweet Mango-Pineapple Pastry which is layers of wonderful crust filled with pineapple jelly and diced mango! It’s a nice, sweet contrast to the Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Bun, plus it comes topped with a Mickey-shaped piece of pastry!
Honorable Mention: Lychee-Grapefruit Gin Spritzer from Prosperity Bao and Buns
The Lychee-Grapefruit Gin Spritzer is also new to the festival this year! While we preferred the Peach Sojito, this drink was super tasty too — especially if you’re a grapefruit lover! It’s made with gin, pure lychee fruit syrup, simple grapefruit, and soda water and costs $13!
There ya go! That’s our Best of the Fest for Lunar New Year 2020, baby!
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Are you visiting the Lunar New Year festival in Disney California Adventure this year? What are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments!