REVIEW: Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining Introduces Pork Dumplings and Special Cocktail for 2023 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Menu for Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining in Disney California Adventure for Lunar New Year 2023

Food:

  • πŸ†• Pork Dumplings – $21.00

Beverages:

  • πŸ†• Lamplight Lounge Lunar New Year Cocktail – $17.00

The Lamplight Lounge Lunar New Year Cocktail is also available at Lamplight Lounge proper.

Photos of Menu Items for Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining in Disney California Adventure for Lunar New Year 2023

*NEW* Pork Dumplings – $21.00

Pork Dumplings with Chinese broccoli, roasted mushrooms, Fresno chiles, and fried shallots

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These are delicious! The pork dumplings are a little al dente, with a bit more of a hearty chew than we were expecting from dumpling wrappers. It’s almost like they sat out for a while between wrapping and cooking.

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That being said, the flavor is spectacular. The pork shines through without any of the fatty or greasy overtones that sometimes come along with pork. The sweet shoyu broth is slightly spicy and heavily salted, but definitely packed full of umami flavor.

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The mushrooms have been roasted severely and are a little overdone, leading to a less intense flavor than we would hope for. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed these pork dumplings.

*NEW* Lamplight Lounge Lunar New Year Cocktail – $17.00

Han Soju, Aperitivo Aperol, carrot and orange juices, and cream of coconut garnished with a raspberry and mint

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Maybe it was the carrot, maybe it was the soju, but something was off about this. We’ve never had a carrot cocktail before, and maybe that was our issue.

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The sweetness in this drink was strange, almost like a vegetable sugar, which is what led us to suspect the carrot being the problem. It just didn’t land very well. With so many great cocktails available on the menu here, this one was passable at best and feels like a waste of an appetite.

The Lunar New Year festival is running from January 20 through February 15, 2023.

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