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Eat This (Kinda): China’s Lotus House at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

I’ve been doing a lot of very much deserved raving lately – so let’s keep it real for a minute.

China has been confusing the heck out of me lately. The pavilion will blow it out of the water for a few straight festival at Epcot, and then all of the sudden we’re eating spring rolls again.

Don’t get me wrong. I dig the artistry behind many of their desserts – the cotton candy this season is an Instagrammer’s dream. The preparation of dragon’s beard hand pulled candy and sugar paintings is amazing to watch in execution.

I just wish the food was more consistently good and interesting.

In any event…China’s Lotus House has 3 regular food items this year – all savory – along with a number of drinks.

They also have the incredible aforementioned cotton candy, alas, on the day we visited:

Which is just as well, as a food review of cotton candy is sort of ridiculous – even if it is pretty to look at.

As for the food that *was* available…

  • Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice ($8.00)

If you just want to sample something from this booth, I’d so with this. It’s a solid item and the green onions are a nice addition. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s tasty enough.

  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons ($6.00)

I mean – it’s a crab and cheese wonton? Tastes the same as any mediocre crabmeat rangoon I’ve had at countless spots. Not usually my favorite thing and here is no different, but if you’re into them I suppose you’d enjoy this.

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (vegetarian, kid friendly) ($4.50)

Nothing makes you question your path in life more than having to review a mediocre spring roll. I guess it tastes fine but I just took a bite for the sake of this review and passed it on. Again, if you dig spring rolls I guess you’d enjoy these. They have all of the requisite sauces for your dipping pleasure.

  • Pirates of the China Sea: Dark Rum, Peach Syrup and Piña Colada Mix ($9.25)

Oy. I don’t know what’s up with drinks at the China booths lately but this thing just tasted like a whole lotta rum, even after copious stirring. I think I’ll stick with bubble tea from now on.

So…been there, done that. I doubt I’ll be back – but for what it’s worth?

Lotus House? Check.

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