REVIEW: Mango Shaved Ice with Olaf & Forest Friends Stein, Weird Branded Sandwiches, & More from Forest Fare in World of Frozen

Kyle Silagyi

REVIEW: Mango Shaved Ice with Olaf & Forest Friends Stein, Weird Branded Sandwiches, & More from Forest Fare in World of Frozen

Among several dining locations in the new World of Frozen expansion at Hong Kong Disneyland is Forest Fare, a quick-service stand at which guests can grab a light meal or delectable treat. The booth also happens to be home to one of the best food items available in World of Frozen.

We tried all the permanent items listed on the Forest Fare menu during our recent trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Forest Fare Menu

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  • Forest Friends Stein – with mango-flavored shaved ice (HK$85, US $10.89)
  • Forest Fare Gourmet Box – Crab stick and corn salad, chicken bun with cheese and tomato sauce, and crepe with blueberry and coconut cheese cream (HK$118, US $15.12)
  • Sausage Platter – available seasonally (HK$75, $9.61)
  • Forest Valley Green Tea Cookie – (HK$35, US $4.48 for one, HK$55, US $7.05 for two)

Forest Friends Stein – HK$85 (US $10.89)

With mango-flavored shaved ice

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The mango-flavored shaved ice served in the Forest Friends Stein was a bit of a throwback for us. Despite it being mango, it reminded us a lot of the frosty Melon Fanta that was previously available at Club Cool at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort. If you were fortunate enough to try that, you already have an idea of what our review is going to be: the shaved ice was simply delightful.

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It effectively balanced the sweet and tart flavors to create a cohesive treat, as opposed to one where tastes battled for supremacy. It’s also refreshing, with its quality rivaled only by its functionality as a way to battle the Hong Kong heat.

The adorable clear plastic stein that the shaved ice is served in features several “Frozen” characters, so you even get a cute souvenir that will help you remember this delicious snack. This is a must-try for anyone visiting World of Frozen.

Forest Fare Gourmet Box – HK$118 (US $15.12)

Crab stick and corn salad, chicken bun with cheese and tomato sauce, and crepe with blueberry and coconut cheese cream

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There’s a lot of food in the Forest Fare Gourmet Box, varying in quality from ‘decent’ to ‘detestable.’

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We’ll start with the box’s version of an appetizer, which was perhaps the most vile thing we ate at Forest Fare. The crab and cucumber salad topped with a mayonnaise-based sauce was simply disgusting, with the crab serving as the source of its downfall.

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The crab was overly fishy and bitter, wrecking the entire dish. It’s a shame, as the cucumber was fresh and the mayonnaise sauce, though not spectacular, was tasty. We just couldn’t take more than a few bites due to the presence of the crab.

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The chicken bun was perhaps the most surprising item in the box, but not for a particularly good reason. We expected to dislike it; while the (admittedly odd) “World of Frozen”-branded bun makes for a unique photo, we weren’t blown away by the description of this dish.

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The sandwich does not match its appearance or description in intrigue, as it’s quite dull and uninteresting. The chicken is perfectly adequate, with the tomato doing the heavy lifting in the “cheese and tomato sauce.” The condiment tastes decent on the protein and the bun is fresh, but the sandwich is just… bland. It’s not terrible, but the most interesting thing about it is the logo on the bread. In other words, it’s safe to skip.

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The blueberry and coconut cheese cream crepe is the (comparative) star of the box, assuming each bite you take is balanced. When you get the appropriate amount of each element in your bite, the flavors complement each other, with the coconut notes effectively combining with the (artificial) blueberry flavor in the filling to create a tasty interior blend.

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That said, the vivid blue ‘pastry’ the filling is contained within is terrible. It tastes as artificial as it looks, containing a strange gelatin-like flavor and texture that are just unpleasant. It’s not awful when masked by the filling, but if you happen to get a pastry-heavy bite… buckle up.

The Forest Fare Gourmet Box certainly isn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. If there are long lines preventing you from ordering at Golden Crocus Inn or Northern Delights, this isn’t a terrible option, but we would recommend checking those locations out before settling for this dish.

Forest Valley Tea Cookie – HK$35 (US $4.48)

Also comings in serving of two – HK$55 (US $7.05)

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The Forest Valley Tea Cookie is pre-packaged, and while the Bruni-adorned container it comes in is cute, there’s nothing exceptional about the treat itself.

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It’s not bad, it’s just nothing to go out of your way for. The cookies aren’t made on-site (the packaging is a strong enough indicator of that), and ours was a bit on the harder side. It tasted like your typical storebought cookie — there’s nothing to actively dislike, it’s just unremarkable.

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We’re happy that this treat exists, as it’s neat that the cookie and flavor are unique to Hong Kong. If you want a small snack to pair with the must-try shaved ice, you can’t go wrong with at least trying the Forest Valley Tea Cookie.

Sausage Platter – HK$75 (US $9.61)

Seasonal

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The sausage platter is a seasonal item and, thus, isn’t always available.

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  • Kyle Silagyi

    Kyle has been an ardent fan of all things Disney and themed entertainment since his first trek up the Forbidden Mountain in 2006. You can reach him at kyle@wdwnt.com