Today we’re headed over to Animal Kingdom for lunch at Yak & Yeti. Matt and I have been there a few times and enjoy the food there. On this trip, we ordered something we’ve ordered before. Our table mates ordered a few other items and I was able to get some additional pictures to accompany what Matt and I ordered. We have a lot to review, so let’s get going!
Our table mates decided to order several appetizers to share. Among them were Pork Pot Stickers, Pork Egg Rolls, and Lettuce Cups. They also ordered the Lo Mein from the Kids Menu for their son. Matt and I ordered the Dim Sum Basket for Two as well as an appetizer order of the Pork Egg Rolls (they can also be ordered as a side).
The Lettuce Cups come with minced chicken breast, chopped vegetables, and Saigon Hoisin sauce served alongside crisp lettuce cups. Although I did not sample these on this occasion, I have tried them in the past and think they’re pretty good. However, there are other items on the menu I would prefer to order.
Here is the Pork Pot Stickers appetizer. The pot stickers can be prepared pan seared or steamed. Below is the pan seared version. They are served with a soy lime dipping sauce.
The kids portion of Lo Mein is deceptively large. There are a lot of noodles packed in that little bowl! Our five year old guest that ordered them seemed to enjoy them, especially once he informed us he was actually eating worms. It’s just a matter of time until he learns, “Do you like ’see’-food?”
Matt and I enjoy the vegetable egg rolls from the cart in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. Since this pork variety didn’t have the addition of shrimp (as many of the egg roll stands seem to have), we decided give them a try. The Pork Egg Rolls are accompanied by a chili plum dipping sauce.
We both enjoyed the egg rolls very much. They were crunchy and flavorful, and the chili plum dipping sauce was awesome. Matt’s more of a fan of soy sauce, so I was able to use most of the chili plum sauce for both my egg rolls as well as the dim sum.
The Dim Sum Basket for Two features pork pot stickers (steamed), shrimp siu mai, cha su bao, and pork siu mai. All items are steamed on a banana leaf and served with the same soy lime dipping sauce as the pork pot stickers appetizer. Since Matt doesn’t like shrimp, I took the shrimp siu mai and left him with the pork siu mai. We have each sampled both in the past and agreed that, if we ordered it again, this is how it would be divided.
I knew that the shrimp siu mai was my least favorite item in the basket, so I went ahead and ate it first. It’s by no means bad, there are just other items I enjoy more. I dipped it in some of the soy lime dipping sauce, and then remembered that I don’t really care for it. It tastes like there is ginger in it, which gives it a fairly antiseptic flavor. It’s not horrible, but it’s a bit overbearing to me. I pretty much stuck to the chili plum sauce.
The steamed pot stickers are decent and have a fair amount of filling. I even gave it a try with the soy lime sauce. I had hoped that the pork wouldn’t be as delicate a flavor as the shrimp and would stand up to it a bit more. The sauce won. Chili plum it is!
My favorite part of the dim sum is the cha su bao. These are soft steamed buns with a slightly sweet yet savory barbecue pork filling. I wish I could just order these!
A baked variety it served at the Joy of Tea kiosk in the China pavilion at Epcot.
Once again, we had a great meal here. I highly recommend the Dim Sum Basket. It’s a definite change of pace from more standard appetizers. If you just want a light snack, grab a seat at the bar and order it along with a frosty beverage. I recall us doing that once!
Yak & Yeti is not a Tables in Wonderland restaurant, but they do give an annual passholder discount. According to the Disney site, “Dine with 10% discount off the regular price (excludes alcohol, applicable tax and gratuity) of lunch & dinner entrees for the Passholder and up to three (3) Guests. Call 407-824-9384 for reservations. Offer not valid at Local Foods Cafés.”
And, for your reference, here are the menus we received on 7/2/11, as well as the Yak and Yeti story. Click images for larger versions.