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REVIEW: Papa Cakes and Tang Dynasty Cocktail Debut at Lotus House for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Lotus House is described as, “Sink your teeth into authentic Chinese eats filled with morsels of good fortune!” for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. That sounds right up our alley, so let’s head into the China pavilion and check out the menu for this year!

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Menu for Lotus House at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Food:

  • 🆕 Papa Cakes: Potato Cakes Filled with Shrimp and Water Chestnuts Served with House-Made Strawberry Sauce – $7.95
  • Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.75
  • House-Made Crab and Cheese Wontons – $6.95

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) – $7.50
  • Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00/$8.50
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba – $12.50
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice – $11.00
  • 🆕 Tang Dynasty: Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila Gold ($18/bottle), Light Rum, Strawberry Syrup, Piña Colada Mix, White Boba Pearls and Soda Water – $13.00

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

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*NEW* Papa Cakes: Potato Cakes Filled with Shrimp and Water Chestnuts Served with House-Made Strawberry Sauce – $7.95

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This had a weird layered flavor: first, we tasted strawberries, then potato, and then shrimp. We didn’t feel the strawberry sauce worked with it. The dish would be fine without it.

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That being said, one in every so many people may really enjoy this mixture but it just didn’t work for us. At least it comes in a sizable portion.

Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – $6.75

The Bon Bon Chicken Skewer is delicious. The sesame peanut sauce is tasty and has a very balanced flavor. 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 – $6.95

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.

“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $7.50

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/$8.50

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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.

Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba – $12.50

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 – $11.00

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* Tang Dynasty: Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila Gold ($18/bottle), Light Rum, Strawberry Syrup, Piña Colada Mix, White Boba Pearls and Soda Water – $13.00

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This was beyond weird. We couldn’t taste any alcohol. Zero. None. It tasted like a fruity seltzer with boba in it, which isn’t necessarily bad. At this price, you would probably want to taste some alcohol. Hopefully, this dynasty doesn’t last too long.

Location of Lotus House at the 2021 Taste of 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 #7 on the map below.

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You can get a taste of Lotus House from March 3rd to July 5th. Let us know which items you’d like to try below!

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