by Kristin Casagrand
After a week of traveling to different places and states, I got to thinking about EPCOT and the “travel” experience it provides. Where else can you visit a handful of countries all in the same day?
Personally, I love traveling to see different places, but I hate the stresses and time consumption of actually doing so. So naturally, I am a big fan of EPCOT because Disney did an incredible job of replicating the actual locations all in one world showcase in Florida.
Teppan Edo in the Japan pavilion is one restaurant that comes to mind, that gives you the experience of actually being in the featured country for the night. Although similar Japanese steakhouse/hibachi places can be found off Disney property, Teppan Edo has an authentic feel because of the native speakers and chefs serving you throughout your meal.
Upon getting called to be seated at your table, you are escorted to small separate dining areas that are all connected in a main room.
Your party is seated at a hibachi-style table with communal eating arrangements. If you don’t have a large party, you will be seated with another party around the table. One waiter or waitress takes your order while another cast member is designated as your chef for the night. The chef fires up the grill on the table as you watch he or she begin the cooking process. I like getting to see my food prepared and watching how the chef makes the food taste so good! It is also entertaining when the chef performs fancy knife tricks while chopping your food and who can forget the famous “onion volcano.”
Appetizers include items such as ribs, tempura, salad, and miso soup.
Sushi is available including California roll, spicy sushi roll, and sushi sampler. Entrees range from things such as filet mignon, shrimp, chicken, and scallops. Vegetables are prepared, a bowl of rice is given, and then meat is cooked according to the designated cooking time for each. Therefore, you get your meal in segments, which might bother some people who like to have everything warm and to eat everything at once. One of my favorite parts is the different sauces that are given to accompany the meals! They add lots of flavor and allow you to make many different combinations. I have never tried any of the desserts at Teppan Edo, but I know they have chocolate ginger cake, green tea cheese cake, and ice cream.
Teppan Edo can be a bit on the pricier side, but it is definitely a delicious and entertaining meal to share with families! Add it to the “must try at least once” list.
This week’s recipe is for Teppan Edo’s ginger sauce because you can use it on many dishes you make at home! Recipe courtesy of http://allears.net/din/recipes/rec_gingsau.htm
Yield: 10 servings
6 ounces Onion
1 ounce Ginger Root
3 fluid ounces Soy Sauce
6 fluid ounces water
pinch of parsley flakes
1/2 whole lemon
1 fluid ounce rice vinegar
Method of Preparation:
1. Place onion, ginger root, soy sauce, water, parsley flakes, lemon and rice vinegar in blender.
2. Blend (puree) all ingredients at high speed until well blended.
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.