REVIEW: Shanghai Holiday Kitchen is Back Again with Vegetable Spring Rolls, Beef and Noodle Soup Bowl, and More at the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Last year during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, Lotus Blossom Café took over the responsibilities for the China marketplace booth. But, this year for the 2022 festival, the Shanghai Holiday Kitchen returns! With its return comes all of our favorite drinks, the Panda bubble tea, The Lucky Mo, and more, along with new food items.

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Menu for Shanghai Holiday Kitchen at the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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Food:

  • 🆕Chicken Skewer with Creamy Peanut Sauce – $6.75
  • 🆕 Beef and Noodle Soup Bowl with Slow-braised Beef Shank, Green Onion and House-made Chili Oil – $9.25
  • 🆕 Vegetable Spring Rolls with Citrus Sauce – $5.25

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas – $8.25
  • 🆕 Lucky Foo Pale Ale – $5.25 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • Kung Fu Master with Tito’s Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango, Orange Juice and Soda Water – $14.50
  • Marco Boba with Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Whole Milk and Boba Pearls – $13.50
  • The Lucky Mo with SKYY Infusions Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Piña Colada Mix, Orange Juice and Soda Water – $13.75

The Chicken Skewer makes its Festival of the Holidays debut this year, having last appeared as the Bon Bon Chicken Skewer at Lotus House during the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

Photos of Menu Items for Shanghai Holiday Kitchen at the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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Chicken Skewer with Creamy Peanut Sauce – $6.75

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

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With the well-cooked chicken and the peanut sauce, this was a winner.

*NEW* Beef and Noodle Soup Bowl with Slow-braised Beef Shank, Green Onion and House-made Chili Oil – $9.25

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The meat lacks some flavor and is bland on its own. There is also cilantro, but it doesn’t add much of anything to the flavor profile.

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It’s a good dish, but there isn’t a lot of spice. There’s a small kick you get as an after taste, but it’s not a spicy dish by any means.

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There’s a lot going on here, so the noodles and meat overpower the spice. It almost tastes like you’re eating spicy miso noodles with some peppers.

*NEW* Vegetable Spring Rolls with Citrus Sauce – $5.25

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This is your classic spring roll. There’s nothing special about it, but it’s nice and crispy. The citrus sauce is pleasant here, we almost got some tangerine flavor from it that we found enticing. Overall, it was a good spring roll.

“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas – $8.25

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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.

*NEW* Lucky Foo Pale Ale, Lakeland, FL (6.0% ABV) – $5.25 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

According to Untappd, this is “an American India Pale Ale brewed with 2-Row, crystal malts and dry hopped with Simcoe hops and conditioned on lychee.”

Kung Fu Master with Tito’s Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango, Orange Juice, and Soda Water – $14.50

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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 Master 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.

Marco Boba with Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Whole Milk, and Boba Pearls – $13.50

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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. In fact, all three of the beverages we tried had heavy alcohol pours.

The Lucky Mo with SKYY Infusions Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Piña Colada Mix, Orange Juice and Soda Water – $13.75

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We definitely felt lucky with this drink. It’s made with peach schnapps, peach syrup, orange juice, pineapple juice, and coconut milk, and you can taste every flavor, though it’s heavy on the peach and pineapple. We found it to be very refreshing and delicious.

Location of Shanghai Holiday Kitchen at the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen is located at number 10 on the map below.

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Are you happy Shanghai Holiday Kitchen has returned to the Festival of the Holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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