Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen – EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen returns for its fourth EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays in 2021. Previously, it was known as Hokkaido Holiday Kitchen in 2017. “Please your palate with a smorgasbord of festive dishes and drinks served at the Japan Pavilion.” The 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays takes place November 26th – December 30th, 2021.

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Menu for Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food:

  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura and Yellowtail with Vegetables on an artistic bed of Rice – $6.50
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in a Hot Dashi Soup with Shrimp Tempura, Fish Cake, Shiitake Mushrooms and Chopped Green Onion – $8.00
  • Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha Mousse Tart with a Sweet Red Bean Center sprinkled with Konpeito Sugar Candy – $6.00

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Calpico, Banana Syrup and Strawberry Popping Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $5.50
  • 🆕 Choya Sparkling Plum Wine: Umeshu Smooth Sparkling Wine ($19/bottle) – $8.00
  • 🆕 Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Calpico, Banana Syrup and Vodka – $8.00
  • 🆕 Pomegranate Draft Lager: Rice Lager with hints of Pomegranate and Lemon – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

The Mont Blanc Tart has had its recipe redone for 2021, with matcha replacing strawberry as the primary flavor of the mousse.

Photos of Menu Items for Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura and Yellowtail with Vegetables on an artistic bed of Rice – $6.50

Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura and Yellowtail with Vegetables on an artistic bed of Rice – $6.50
Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura and Yellowtail with Vegetables on an artistic bed of Rice – $6.50
Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura and Yellowtail with Vegetables on an artistic bed of Rice – $6.50

This was one of the most highly anticipated dishes of the fest, mainly because of how adorable (and yes, Instagrammable) it is. You have short-grain rice topped with thinly sliced flecks of lettuce, then layers of fish, masago and ikura (fish eggs), plus strips of paper-thin cucumber, all topped with an amazing volcano and dynamite sauce. The whole dish is presented with short-grain sticky rice pressed to look like a Christmas tree and topped with a kawaii carrot star. If you like sushi, the flavors here are amazing, and it isn’t a bad price given how unique it is. Our only complaint is that the fish to rice ratio is somewhat off here. I know it’s for presentation, but you inevitably end up with more rice than fish… although the sticky rice is delicious on its own. If we had to choose between this or the soba, we’d be hard pressed to pick just one. With the soba, you’re getting slightly more food for your money, but I can never pass up a cute dish like this. My take is, just get both.

New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in a Hot Dashi Soup with Shrimp Tempura, Fish Cake, Shiitake Mushrooms and Chopped Green Onion – $8.00

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New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in a Hot Dashi Soup with Shrimp Tempura, Fish Cake, Shiitake Mushrooms and Chopped Green Onion – $8.00

This was a large serving. The broth is salty and has a good miso flavor. There are plenty of noodles, which taste as expected—if you’ve never had soba at any of the festivals (or at a Japanese restaurant), they’re made with buckwheat, giving them an earthy, hearty flavor compared to most other noodles. There’s also nice-sized piece of shrimp tempura right in the middle. The only other accompaniments are two large pieces of fish cake, which is a traditional ramen topping, and some green onions. We wish there was a little more, like carrots or mushrooms. It wasn’t bad though, and we would have it again if we’re in the mood for a hot soup.

Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha Mousse Tart with a Sweet Red Bean Center sprinkled with Konpeito Sugar Candy – $6.00

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Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha Mousse Tart with a Sweet Red Bean Center sprinkled with Konpeito Sugar Candy – $6.00

This is quite good. The sweet bean paste is a good match for the soft matcha flavor. This is a winning combination.

*NEW* Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Calpico, Banana Syrup and Strawberry Popping Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $5.50

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Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Calpico, Banana Syrup and Strawberry Popping Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $5.50

This has strawberry boba and a strong artificial banana flavor. The chocolate flavor is also too strong. We wouldn’t recommend this.

*NEW* Choya Sparkling Plum Wine: Umeshu Smooth Sparkling Wine ($19/bottle) – $8.00

Drizly describes this plum wine as “the perfect balance of sparkling wine and tart Japanese ume, with backnotes of citrus and white peach.”

*NEW* Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Calpico, Banana Syrup and Vodka – $8.00

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Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Calpico, Banana Syrup and Vodka – $8.00

This has the same artificial banana flavor as the boba. It was unpleasant and the total opposite of the lovely treat from Japan.

Location of Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen is located adjacent to the Japan Pavilion on World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 12 on the map below.

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