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REVIEW: The Noodle Exchange Brings Decent Pho and Delicious Pork Udon to the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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For the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, several new marketplaces were added, including the Noodle Exchange! We’re excited to try this new booth, which has two pho dishes, curry and udon on the menu.

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Menu for The Noodle Exchange Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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Food:

  • πŸ†• Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho with Shaved Beef, Enoki Mushrooms, and Thai Basil – $5.50
  • πŸ†• Char Siu Pork Udon with Enoki Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg – $5.50
  • πŸ†• Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil – $6.25
  • πŸ†• Tofu Pho with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil – $5.50

Beverages:

  • πŸ†• Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale, Titusville, FL – $5.00 (6 oz) / $9.00 (12 oz)
  • πŸ†• A to Z Riesling, Oregon – $5.00

Photos of Menu Items from The Noodle Exchange Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

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*NEW* Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho with Shaved Beef, Enoki Mushrooms, and Thai Basil – $5.50

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The pho is very spicy, and the noodles are a little chewy for a light rice noodle. The broth tastes like a pho broth, but without the richness of a traditional bone broth, which is what pho should use.

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This also has a spicy kick if you get one of the peppers. It has a good flavor but avoid the peppers if you don’t like spice.

*NEW* Char Siu Pork Udon with Enoki Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg – $5.50

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These seemed thinner than a traditional udon noodle, but the flavor is really good and rich in spice without being hot.

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You get half of a hard boiled egg, and the pork is tender. We found this to be the best option at the Marketplace.

*NEW* Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil – $6.25

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For the money, you get several nice-sized shrimp. The curry is present, but not overwhelming.

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It has a nice soup consistency that works well with the mushrooms, but it should have more vegetables for a curry. It’s not bad for what it is.

*NEW* Tofu Pho with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil – $5.50

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This was just okay. You get two enoki mushrooms that are barely cooked. The tofu has a decent consistency, but overall the dish is a little lacking.

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If you don’t eat any kind of meat, it’ll do, but otherwise, you’re better off with the other choices here.

*NEW* Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale, Titusville, FL – $5.00 (6 oz) / $9.00 (12 oz)

Danielle P. on Untappd says this beer is “light,” with a “subtle green tea flavor,” and that it’s “different.”

*NEW* A to Z Riesling, Oregon – $5.00

From A to Z Wineworks: “Gorgeously aromatic, the A to Z Wineworks Oregon Riesling greets with bright fresh citrus (lemon, mandarin orange, lime sherbet, grapefruit) and tropical aromas (green papaya, lychee, pineapple), as well as revealing hints of honeydew, pear, apple, quince, apricot, and floral and savory notes of honeysuckle, rose, bay leaves, sage, and tarragon. The wine initially zips across the palate with lively energy showing a rich texture, noticeable salinity, and notes of the same abundant fruits that greeted the nose. The juicy palate has lovely, mouth-watering acidity balanced by a touch of well-integrated residual sweetness, making it off-dry rather than sweet.”

Location of The Noodle Exchange Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Noodle Exchange is located near Traveler’s Cafe as guests enter World Showcase Promenade from Future World. You can find it at number 33 on the map below.

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What do you think of this new booth? Did it bring exciting new flavors to the festival this year, or fall flat?

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4 months ago

It’s too bad that Disney World doesn’t sell authentic pho or ramen or other such thing. You can get it in Orlando downtown, but it’s a long, painful ride.