REVIEW: Phenomenal Pho and Udon Return to The Noodle Exchange at the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
When the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival opened this year, a handful of booths were scheduled to open later, on August 15, 2022. Finally, that day has come, and we’re snacking our way around the World Showcase, again, to sample all of the new booths! Up next on our list is The Noodle Exchange, a booth that caters to flavors from East Asia.
Menu for The Noodle Exchange at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho with Shaved Beef, Mushrooms, and Thai Basil (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $5.50
Chinese Char Siu Pork Udon with Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg – $5.50
Thai Shrimp and Coconut-Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $6.50
Tofu Pho with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Plant-Based) – $5.50
Photos of Menu Items for The Noodle Exchange at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho – $5.50
with Shaved Beef, Mushrooms, and Thai Basil
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. 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.
Chinese Char Siu Pork Udon – $5.50
with Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg
These seemed thinner than a traditional udon noodle, but the flavor is really good and rich in spice without being hot. You get half of a hard boiled egg, and the pork is tender. We found this to be the best option at the Marketplace.
Thai Shrimp and Coconut-Curry Rice Noodles – $6.50
with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil
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For the money, you get several nice-sized shrimp. The curry is present, but not overwhelming. 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.
Tofu Pho – $5.50
with Mushrooms and Thai Basil
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. If you don’t eat any kind of meat, it’ll do, but otherwise, you’re better off with the other choices here.
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Location of The Noodle Exchange at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
The Noodle Exchange is located near Disney Traders on Showcase Plaza. You can find it at number 7 on the map below.
From Pho, to Udon to Curry, The Noodle Exchange has a little bit of everything for noodle lovers! If this booth intrigues you, make sure you head out to EPCOT anytime between August 15 to November 19, 2022.