Last year, the Kimchi Dog was introduced to the South Korea kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The sausage used for the dish was not a typical “Disney dog,” but a special type made in Tampa specific for the festival. I was excited to try the new dish, and it didn’t disappoint.
Seeing it return this year, I was hoping that they didn’t sub out the sausage, and fortunately, they did not (at least from what I could tell). The Roasted Pork Lettuce Wrap remains, and while it was perfectly fine, it’s not something that I’ve ordered since the kiosk’s introduction in 2010. Prices are up 25 cents each on the food items, and the Soju Fruit Slushy is up 50 cents.
My Kimchi Dog this year was a bit less mustard sauce than last year, but it still brough a kick to it. The “kimchi” is more like a quick-pickle, but still added some necessary crunch to the dog.
The bun was fresh, but really nothing special. It’s the same thing you could buy at the supermarket.
The spices in the sausage build a touch, but I don’t find this dog overly spicy. It might be a bit much for those with a sensitivity to heat, though. While I do like this dish – certainly enough that I ordered it in its second year – I’m not so sure it really provides much “bang for your buck.” The main feature here is the sausage, and if they were to switch it to a normal dog, I’d walk right by.
As I’ve noted, the Roasted Pork Lettuce Wrap is fine, it’s just starting to “show its age” at the Festival.
Last year, the Soju Fruit Slushy came with a comically oversized straw. While refreshing, the portion size is overpriced, much like the Szarlotka in Poland.
The Bokbunjajoo, below on the left, is a Black Raspberry Wine that tastes like Manischewitz. I haven’t ordered it since 2011 because if I wanted sweet, blackberry wine, I can buy a whole bottle of Manischewitz for about the same price.
We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from South Korea as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?