Asian food is one of my favorites to enjoy whenever I go on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From Disney Springs staples like Morimoto Asia to options like Katsura Grill, Kimonos at the Swan Hotel, and Nomad Lounge at Animal Kingdom. There are staple spots that I love to visit when in search of delicious Asian food on vacation.
Here are my picks for the best Asian eats at Disney World.
Chicken Manchurian Nomad Bowl
Nomad Lounge – Animal Kingdom
Let’s start at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Nomad Lounge on Discovery Island. This swanky lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and bite during a Disney Park day. The menu offers a mix of Latin, African and Asian cuisine. Try the Chicken Manchurian Nomad Bowl for $13. Manchurian is a cooking method with Indo-Chinese roots that involves deep-frying meats or vegetables before sautéing them in soy sauce.
Another delicious option on the Nomad Lounge menu is the Tuna Poke Bowl made with steamed white rice, red cabbage kimchi, tuna, crunchy edamame and drizzled with a sesame-chili glaze. This dish comes in at $16. Pair either of these dishes with a Singha Lager from Thailand for the perfect meal.
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Crispy Duck Bao Buns
China Pavilion – EPCOT
If you think international cuisine, you think World Showcase at Disney’s EPCOT. Let’s head to the Chinese Pavilion and Nine Dragons Restaurant. This table service dining spot is a go-to for staple dishes like dumplings, fried rice, and stir-fry. One of my menu favorites is the Crispy Duck Bao Buns for $13.95 from the appetizer menu. Fluffy and savory bao are so fun to eat, and these duck bao do not disappoint. If you’ve never tried duck, this dish is a great start!
From the entrée menu, I am a fan of the Kung Pao Duo. This $25 main course is a chicken and shrimp combo cooked with delicious peanuts. I love the uniqueness of this dish, as it is not something I’ve seen on Chinese food menus in the “real world”. The Salt and Pepper Shrimp served with spinach noodles ($27) and the Kowloon Spare Ribs ($30) are two more of my favorite dishes from the entrée menu.
Kimonos – Swan Resort
Ready for some sushi? Let’s head to a Disney Resort eatery that you might not expect. The EPCOT area Swan and Dolphin Hotels are awesome places to stay and play, even though they are not technically Walt Disney World-owned. Still, don’t let this fact deter you from a stay at either of these hotels or a visit to Kimonos at the Swan Resort. Kimonos is a great option for Guests looking to eat delicious sushi without the need to purchase a Disney Park ticket. By delicious sushi — I mean the best sushi in Orlando. It’s true, Kimonos was voted Orlando Sentinel’s Critic’s Choice for the best sushi in Orlando.
Choose from sushi roll options like the Bagel Roll made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber or the Kimonos Roll made with tuna, yellowtail salmon, and spicy wasabi mayonnaise. Purchase sushi by the whole roll if you see a roll that looks extra enticing, or build a sashimi or nigiri portion with two or three pieces of sushi. There are truly so many sushi options available on this menu, you’ll want to take the time to browse it on the Disney World App before visiting.
The great thing about Kimonos is that the rest of the menu doesn’t disappoint either. Do not miss a chance to try one of my all-time favorites, the Wagyu Beef Satay. This $17 appetizer is a great price for the high-quality beef in this dish and is cooked with clamshell mushroom with a miso-mustard sauce and scallions. The Chicken Katsu, with a plum sauce, is another mouth-watering appetizer option that comes in at $16. Do not miss a chance to experience this Disney World dining option.
Berkshire Pork Lettuce Wraps
Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs
Now it’s time to chow down at Disney Springs. Let’s head to The Landing at Disney Springs to dine at Morimoto Asia. Founded by Chef Morimoto, well known for his appearances on Iron Chef America, this Pan-Asian restaurant serves up some of the best food for lunch and dinner that you will not want to miss. As a huge rice and noodle fan, I adore the Duck Ramen on this menu. This $19 dish is made with Peking duck broth, wheat noodles, duck meat, scallions, and cilantro, and topped with a soy-marinated egg.
If you are looking for a unique, fresh, and delicious appetizer, you should try the Berkshire Pork Lettuce Wraps. This entrée has the perfect flavor, texture, and crunch level and is honestly so delicious that I’ve made a lunch from them before. Think crunchy and fresh baby iceberg lettuce boats filled with ground savory Berkshire pork, shiitake mushroom, bamboo shoot, crunchy water chestnut, and spicy hoisin sauce. Don’t skip this $16 appetizer.
The Beef Lo Mein Noodles are a shareable main course option that my family loves. Made with beef tenderloin, Napa cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, mushrooms, and scallions all cooked to perfection in stir-fried noodles, this dish is delicious!
Tiffins Restaurant – Animal Kingdom
Disney dining fans love discussing the best Animal Kingdom restaurant. I’m not going to say that Tiffins Restaurant is the best Animal Kingdom restaurant, but it has to be near the top. Located in the Discovery Island section of the Park, you’ll find this table service restaurant that serves a mix of African, Asian, and Latin cuisine. Our favorite Asian-influenced dishes on the menu include options like Charred Octopus, a Whole-fried Sustainable Fish, or the Tamarind-braised Short Ribs.
Entrées at Tiffins Restaurant are pricey but make for a perfect celebration or memorable Disney vacation meal. This is particularly true for those looking to get out of their culinary comfort zone.
We hope these recommendations come in handy the next time you are looking for delicious dining options at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a magical meal!