An American in Hong Kong Disneyland – A Culinary Adventure (Part 4)

Tahitian Terrace serves a wide variety of food and is Halal certified
Tahitian Terrace serves a wide variety of food and is Halal certified

If you’re craving a burger, you most definitely can get it at Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL), but if you have daring taste buds, you can encounter a wide variety of different cuisine.  There are a lot of Asian inspired dishes as you can imagine – everything from Indian curry to Japanese fried pork cutlet (tonkatsu) to of course, traditional Chinese fare.  I loved that Tahitian Terrace, which served everything from daal tadka to a Singaporean laska rice noodle soup combo, was Halal certified!  It was obvious that HKDL is very aware of the breadth and depth of the guests they serve and they seek to make sure there is something for everyone.  They are also sensitive to allergy restrictions, but it is up to the guest to be proactive and some requests can take from 24 to 48 hours advance notice.

International flavors abound at HKDL - love the corn on the cob right next to Korean fish cakes
International flavors abound at HKDL – love the corn on the cob right next to Korean fish cakes

It was surprising to see the wide variety of food you can get nowhere else all in one place.  On one vending cart they had Korean fish cakes (in two flavors) right next to corn on the cob.  At another, you could buy Korean squid made fresh on the cart.  And still another you could buy waffles in the shape of Mickey’s head which they make right in front of you in these large waffle presses.  Duffy shaped cookies could be found on many different carts which I haven’t seen in any other Disney park.  You certainly won’t go hungry at HKDL, and if you’re willing your mouth will engage in a culinary adventure.

One of my favorites - pork buns in the shape of the Three Little Pigs
One of my favorites – pork buns in the shape of the Three Little Pigs

For lunch one day we went to Royal Banquet Hall in Fantasyland.  It’s a great place to go for families because it offers a wide variety of options for the whole family.  Everything from burgers to pasta to sushi to dim sum are all available in this one place which makes it quite popular (and hard to find a seat).  The list of different foods is extensive but you can find a pretty comprehensive rundown on the Hong Kong Disneyland site.  For us, we ended up having a variety of different Asian flavors.  I chose dim sum which was just great.  Especially the pork buns (char siu bao) in the shape of little piggies.  My wife chose Mickey shaped sushi was better than expected, and my daughter picked Japanese noodles with fried sesame chicken wings.  All of it was tasty and surprising that they could serve such a diverse menu and still do it justice.

Plaza Inn offers an authentic Chinese dining experience with great dishes (my daughter suggested arranging the dim sum in the shape of Mickey's head)
Plaza Inn offers an authentic Chinese dining experience with great dishes (my daughter suggested arranging the dim sum in the shape of Mickey’s head)

At dinner, we wanted something where we could sit down and relax after a long day out and about so we chose Plaza Inn.  At Plaza Inn they offer an authentic Chinese dining experience complete with family style servings and an abundance of menu items to choose from.  If you don’t feel like pouring through the menu, they do have a prix fixe dining option.  For about $20-$23 per person, depending on if you go for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy a six or seven course meal – quite the bargain.  But we wanted to pick and choose our food so we ordered a la carte.  Everything tasted wonderful, from the sweet and sour pork (which still had bones and cartilage in it so be careful) to the classic roast duck to the pan-fried rice noodles.  I think our favorite was the pan-fried beef though. And on top of having wonderful food at reasonable prices, you don’t have to tip!

Tip: Don’t be afraid to call a waiter over to help you.  Unlike in the states where servers come and ask if you’d like to order and if you’d like anything else, in most of the restaurants we went to, you simply raised your hand and called someone over.  They were always happy to help, but waited to be called on.

Overall, our dining experience at Hong Kong Disneyland was fun and delicious.   There was so much to choose from that it made it easy to satisfy our entire family.  Come with an open mind, an open palette, and an empty stomach and you’ll walk away with a culinary adventure.

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