New to the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is The Noodle Exchange. Savor the flavors of the Far East at the all-new The Noodle Exchange!
Located near the Starbucks location (Traveler’s Cafe), between Refreshment Port and Port of Entry along a pathway between World Showcase and the Imagination Pavilion.
The Noodle Exchange Review
Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho – $5.50
Served with Shaved Beef, Enoki Mushrooms, and Thai Basil
Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t even the spiciest pho on the menu. That said, you’ll find a decent amount of spice here that takes a few steps off of the middle of the road. We found there to be plenty of broth and enoki mushrooms. A decent option for the less adventurous.
If you’re looking for an extra kick of spiciness, you might find a pepper or two floating around.
Char Siu Pork Udon – $5.50
Served with Enoki Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg
The pork here was nice and tender, but perhaps a little light in portion. The egg certainly tasted like it was marinated in soy sauce, but we didn’t find any flavor from the pickling. This was perhaps the most well rounded dish of the new location.
Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles – $6.25
Served with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil
For those looking to take the spiciness up a level, the Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles were the answer. The spiciest dish of the new booth, we found a good serving of shrimp in this bowl as well.
Tofu Pho – $5.50
Served with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil
Whereas we found some of the earlier bowls to have some spice, there wasn’t any present here unless you bite directly into one of the peppers. The tofu presented as extra firm, but didn’t have any distinctive flavors beyond that of traditional tofu.
We found the mushrooms to be a bit undercooked here compared to their appearance in earlier dishes.
Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale, Titusville, FL – $5/$9
A nice ale here presents a subtle green tea flavor. It’s a light offering that we wouldn’t necessarily go out of our way for.
A to Z Riesling, Oregon – $5.00
We found the A to Z Riesling to be a fairly basic Riesling. Just like the beer offering here, don’t go out of your way to order this. There are better options at the festival.