REVIEW: Bon Bon Chicken Skewer, Marco Boba, and More at Lotus House at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Lotus House brings the flavors of China to the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, with items like a chicken skewer with sesame and peanut sauce and wontons. And while it may not always represent Chinese food at its best, the beverages found here more than make up for it.

Menu for Lotus House at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice – $8.00
  • 🆕 Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.50
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons – $6.00

Chinese Cotton Candy:

  • 2-Layered Sweet Heart – $7.00
  • 2-Layered Butterfly Dream – $8.00
  • 3-Layered Sunrise Star – $10.50
  • 4-Layered Aurora Blossom – $12.50
  • 5-Layered Spring Fantasy – $16.50

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic) – $7.25
  • Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00
  • 🆕 Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba – $11.00
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice – $10.00
  • 🆕 Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Piña Colada, Sprite, Soda Water and Magic Boba – $11.00

The Marco Boba premieres at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival this year, having previously appeared at Shanghai Holiday Kitchen at the 2019 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

Offerings from Lotus House at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Photos of Menu Items from Lotus House at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice – $8.00

Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice – $8.00

The beef here was pretty horrendous. It was gristly, fatty, and overall just not good. The spices here weren’t bad, and you did get a ton of rice, which does fill you up.

*NEW* Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.50

Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.50

The Bon Bon Chicken Skewer is delicious.

Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.50

The sesame peanut sauce is tasty and has a very balanced flavor.

Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.50
Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.50

With the well-cooked chicken and the peanut sauce, this was a winner. This Bon Bon was “da bomb!”

House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons – $6.00

House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons – $6.00

The wontons are fine, but they didn’t have a lot of crab. You get two wontons for the price, and they’re pretty tasty, so if you’re in the mood for these, we wouldn’t discourage it.

Chinese Cotton Candy – $7.00 – $16.50

Chinese Cotton Candy – $7.00-$16.50

While not an “official” Flower & Garden offering, these new Chinese Cotton Candy sculptures are a huge hit, and gaining even more popularity with the festival.

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Chinese Cotton Candy – $7.00-$16.50

All in all, these are great for the experience, as well as the giant cloud of beautifully spun sugar you get to flaunt (and eat, of course) throughout EPCOT.

“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic) – $7.25

“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls – $7.25

This milk tea is fantastic. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and the boba pearls provide a licorice like flavor to counter the milk.

Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

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Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Surprise! This one’s not brewed in China—or even made there! In fact, it’s brewed locally in Florida with a slapped-on Jasmine name, sort of like how local brewery Crooked Can made a unique draft for Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. It’s a straightforward, unfiltered wheat beer with a small floral hint. Very drinkable, and we believe this is the only spot to actually get this beer.

*NEW* Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba – $11.00

Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba – $11.00

To be honest, this drink tastes mostly like coffee. We didn’t get much of the amaretto flavor, but to be fair, it’s a very subtle flavor. That being said, you can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.

Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice – $10.00

Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice – $10.00

The China pavilion has two things going for it: Nine Dragons, and heavy pours. Whether it’s the drinks from The Joy of Tea booth or their festival booth, the pours are always large and in charge. The Kung Fu Punch highlights and exploits this by being a drink that tastes very alcohol-forward and feels boozy. It’s a bright, semi-sweet, flavorful drink. with a nice fruity flavor. It clearly has an orange flavor, though some in our crowd thought it tasted like peach. This was a crowd favorite. The price to have a solid drink like this isn’t a horrible deal, especially at EPCOT.

*NEW* Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Piña Colada, Sprite, Soda Water and Magic Boba – $11.00

Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Piña Colada, Sprite, Soda Water and Magic Boba – $11.00

This was really harsh, and most of us didn’t like it, though one member of our crew really enjoyed it.

Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Piña Colada, Sprite, Soda Water and Magic Boba – $11.00

“Magic Boba” is very deceiving because it did not pop; it was more like a fruit jelly. The chunks had a lychee kind of taste.

Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Piña Colada, Sprite, Soda Water and Magic Boba – $11.00

It was very artificial and syrupy, and had a strange sweetness to it. Definitely pass on this one.

Location of Lotus House at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Lotus House is located directly across from the China Pavilion in the World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 7 on the map below.

You can get a taste of Lotus House from March 4th to June 1st, 2020. Let us know which items you’d like to try below!