China – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 China

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – China Booth

China, one of the 11 World Showcase countries and an original participant in the inaugural Festival in 1996, returns for the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place August 29 – November 23, 2019.

Menu for the China Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 Wuxi Spareribs – $6.95
  • Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw – $4.95
  • 🆕 Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun – $6.75
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles – $6.75

Beverages:

  • Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.95
  • Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00
  • Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum – $9.25
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice – $10.00
  • Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice – $10.50
  • 🆕 Year of the Piggy: Light Rum, Triple Sec, Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice and Sprite® – $11.00

Photos of Menu Items from the China Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

*NEW* Wuxi Spareribs – $6.95

Wuxi Spareribs, $6.95

They have a nice flavor, but they were kind of chewy. They weren’t very tender, having more of the consistency of a brisket on a rib. Flavor-wise, they could have used more seasoning.

Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw – $4.95

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – China – Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw
Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw, $4.95

The only real difference with these dumplings in past years is the addition of Chinese slaw on top. Does that warrant nearly $2.50 a dumpling? Probably not, but they’re nearly bursting with chicken and pair well with the dipping sauce provided. There’s absolutely no value to be found in this dish, however, and your money is better spent at your local Chinese take-out, where you can get a dozen of these potstickers for the same price.

*NEW* Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun – $6.75

Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun, $6.75

It’s got a tangy heat to it and is packed with flavor, and the steamed bun balances out the flavors nicely.

Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles – $6.75

Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles – $6.75

This dish isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but it’s a solid option. You get a pile of garlic noodles with a few shrimp on top that have been slightly peppered. Nothing overly spicy, although you’ll probably need a breath mint after all the garlic noodles. It’s a hefty portion for the price, and feels worth the money, but it’s nothing ultimately unique. The best reason to get this dish is to soak-up some of the alcohol in your system to help keep you going.

Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk – $6.95

Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk, $6.95

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.

Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – China – Jasmine Draft Beer
Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Surprise! This one’s not brewed in China—or even made there! In fact, it’s brewed locally in Florida with a slapped-on Jasmine name, sort of like how local brewery Crooked Can made a unique draft for Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. It’s a straightforward, unfiltered wheat beer with a small floral hint. Very drinkable, and we believe this is the only spot to actually get this beer.

Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec – $10.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – China – Kung Fu Punch
Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec, $10.00 (Photo courtesy easywdw.com)

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 Punch highlights and exploits this by being a drink that tastes very alcohol-forward and feels boozy. A $9 proposition to have a solid drink isn’t a horrible deal, especially at Epcot.

Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice – $10.50

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – China – Byejoe Punch
Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice, $10.50 (Photo courtesy easywdw.com)

This is one of the most refreshing drinks of the festival, with subtle hints of the featured flavors. Nothing is overpowering, and the alcohol pour is relatively heavy. It’s a solid choice.

*NEW* Year of the Piggy: Light Rum, Triple Sec, Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice and Sprite® – $11.00

Year of the Piggy: Light Rum, Triple Sec, Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice and Sprite®, $11.00

We all liked this. It was a fun, refreshing cocktail. It has a bit of a tart kick, but if that’s too much, wait for the ice to melt and you’ll be just fine. This is one cocktail that they serve in a full size pour. Lime prevails as the primary flavor.

Location of the China Marketplace Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The China Marketplace is conveniently located directly across from the China pavilion in the World Showcase Promenade. It is #15 on the map below.

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