The 2020 Japan Marketplace at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is usually a no-brainer. This year leaves no exceptions. The Japan booth offers some tasty items that will probably be worth your purchase. They are offering three different things that are all sizable portions.
Below is a picture of this year’s Food and Wine Marketplace for Japan. Since there is no festival guidebook this year, you’ll notice a scannable QR code in front of each booth.
Additionally, when you open the My Disney Experience app, there is a link to the different offerings available. However, if you read through my Epcot Food and Wine Menus for 2020, you might remember that I had to retype a few of the menus after visiting the festival.
That’s because some of the items online were different when I got to the festival.
Below is a look at the menu on display outside the Japan Marketplace for Food and Wine. The Tempura Donburi, to my knowledge, is a brand new item. At the same time, the Frothy Ramen and Chirashi Sushi Flowerpot return from previous festivals.
For this visit, I elected to go with the sushi flowerpot. It makes for an attractive presentation. This menu item is described as fresh-cut salmon, salmon roe, and spinach served over sushi rice with Furikake and topped with Poke sauce.
This dish is composed of a bed of rice as perhaps the soil. Then the rice is topped with fresh cuts of cubed salmon. The salmon comes dressed with salmon roe, Furikake, and a poke sauce. And some sort of lettuce leaf (mine wasn’t spinach) is stuck in the concoction to represent the growth from the flowerpot.
Would I order this one again? Probably not, it was a lovely dish, and the only complaint I had was the salmon roe was a little more bitter than I would have liked. I am also wary of eating sushi preparations from a festival booth. But that’s more of a personal thing.
With that being said, there is something I will order again.
The Tempura Donburi is another festival favorite. Word of warning, this is a huge dish, and you might want to share it with someone or at least consider how you decide to enjoy it.
This dish contains a large bed of rice sitting in a bed of some sort of soy-like dipping sauce. You will be stuffed if you eat the whole portion of rice and the tempura items.
Taking these photos, I felt like I couldn’t convey the actual size of this dish. Two long tempura-style shrimp are sitting on top of the rice. Also, you’ll find a patty of kakiage vegetables composed and fried tempura style.
On the first appearance, I felt the tempura would feel heavy. Instead, it turned out to be a crispy, light batter.
But the rice sitting on the bottom absorbing the sauce adds that heavy feeling. So if you decide to indulge, know that if you go all in, you might not have room for any other festival dishes for a while.
But I wouldn’t necessarily let that stop me from ordering this delicious dish. And I would recommend ordering this over any of the counter service dishes in the area.
Lastly, the Japan booth offers frothy ramen (not pictured). It comes in a mini disposable mug. Fans of ramen served cold will probably enjoy this popular festival dish.
For more information about this Epcot country, check out the full review of the Japan Pavilion.
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So, does anything at the Japan Marketplace look good to you? Leave a comment down below.