Here’s another confession: I visited Tokyo Disneysea for the food. Age is definitely catching up to me as roller coasters no longer appeal to me. In the theme park, there is a famous ride, the Tower of Terror, which involved ascending before sudden drops. The entire time I was thinking: you stupid girl. Paid good money to go through this?! After that ride, I did not take any high-adrenaline roller coaster for the rest of the day. In the meantime we had a lot of time to spare. Armed with my trusty girlfriends, we went around the park checking out the restaurants and food carts – there were a lot! Definitely enough to keep us occupied until the late afternoon for the Toy Story Mania ride. We combed through the eateries so thoroughly that by 12pm, I was suffering from the worst food coma, ever.
Food in Tokyo Disneysea was surprisingly yummy! They may be junk food but nowhere near the low-class ones; they were actually of a high standard. Second, the variety was aplenty! Given the relatively compact park, this was an impressive feat. After Disneysea, I was in awe of the Japanese who have managed to create themed-food packed with flavours and just the right amount of seasoning. In fact, this theme park was where I had the best Matcha Latte of my life.
If you plan to make a trip to Tokyo Disneysea, I cannot highly recommend enough the snacks from food carts – there are a lot of food carts; enough to fill you up. They were also more fun and delicious than the restaurants.
Take a look at what we had.
GRILLED REUBEN SANDWICH from NEW YORK DELI, AMERICAN WATERFRONT
I started off with a Beef Reuben Sandwich (770 yen) from a restaurant. Hey! This was surprisingly good. The thin bread was packed with grains sandwiched with tender beef pastrami and melty cheese. In the cold, this hot sandwich was comforting and I loved the equal ratio of beef pastrami to bread.
Check out more pictures of the restaurant here.
LITTLE GREEN MEN MOCHI from AMERICAN WATERFRONT
These Little Green Men Mochi (360 yen) from a food cart just in front of the most popular ride in the theme park is one of the park’s most popular food ever and for good reason. We got one box to share while queuing for a Fastpass ticket at Toy Story Mania. (Man, that queue requires fuel. However it was also the most orderly queue we ever experienced.)
Anyway back to squishy mochi, they were so cute and delicious! Definitely a must-eat in the park. In three flavours, Chocolate, Custard and Strawberry. Each was richly flavoured, soft and light.
MONAKA MATCHA LATTE from LIBERTY LANDING DINER, AMERICAN WATERFRONT
My girlfriends had the Pork Rice Roll but I needed a hot drink. This Matcha Latte with red beans caught my eye. Apparently it is a winter-only matcha latte. It comes with a marshmallow heart floating in it. At the bottom of the drink are plenty of red beans. The matcha latte itself was wonderfully bitter with a strong green tea taste and little milky taste (hate the taste of milk – dilutes flavours). The sweetness came from the red beans below but it wasn’t much and I really really enjoyed this drink that wasn’t cloyingly sweet.
MILK CHOCOLATE POPCORN from DUFFYLAND
Tokyo Disney theme parks are known for their bizarre flavors of popcorn like curry, black pepper, and cappuccino. The Japanese really love their snacks! My girlfriends enjoyed this Milk Chocolate-flavor (210 yen) but it was filling. If you plan to try everything in the park (as we were planning to), one box to yourself will be a bad idea.
UKIWAH BUN from SEASIDE SNACKS, PORT DISCOVERY
Seaside Snacks is a popular snack cart located halfway between Cape Cod and Port Discovery (it’s technically in Port Discovery). It’s primarily popular for these Donald Duck Life Preserver steamed shrimp buns called “Ukiwa Buns.” The Ukiwah bun is essentially a Chinese steamed bun, shaped and coloured to look exactly like a lifesaver float, and it features Donald Duck on the little plastic sleeve it is held in. Apparently this snack is one of the best selling snacks at Disneysea.
OH YUMS!!!! The soft fluffy buns were thick and loaded with shrimp. This was definitely better than the average bao we get in Singapore. Hunt this down.
MICKEY’S TIRAMISU ICE CREAM SANDWICH from food carts around the park
This Tiramisu Ice Cream Sandwich (310 yen) is available at ice cream carts around Tokyo DisneySea. Irresistible!
In reality, two crumbly coffee biscuits sandwich a sweet cheap-tasting white ice cream. It was probably supposed to be vanilla-flavoured but no specks of vanilla beans in sight so I won’t call it that. This was made by Meiji. Creative but not the brand’s best.
CHANDU’S TAIL from SULTAN’S OASIS, ARABIAN COAST
Chandu the Tiger, star of the incredible Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, is one of the greatest Disney theme park characters ever–so great apparently that he even has a snack named after him. The Chandu Tail (450 yen) is a tiger tail-shaped steamed chicken corn cream bun that packs a lot of flavor.
Bun texture, again, exceptional. How in the world did they make the buns so damn fluffy?!
The filling, a peppery chicken-corn cream mixture. Nice!
If the bun ain’t enough for you, in the novelty shops, Chandu’s Tails’ keychains are sold too. Hilarious.
SWEET FRIED BURRITO from TROPIC AL’S
Banana and caramel filling (400 yen).
SMOKED TURKEY LEG from NAUTILUS GALLEY, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
The leg! We hunted down this Smoked Turkey Leg (700 yen) using our noses and eying others eating off a huge bone like one was in a Flintstones movie. It was huge, it was tender, it was everything as acclaimed.
TIPO TORTA from HIGH TIDE TREATS, AMERICAN WATERFRONT
My girlfriends got this unusual Tipo Torta (360 yen). I have never seen anything like it before. Available in a sweet potato and chocolate version, these can be best described as pie in the form of a stick. The light flakey crust perfectly gave away to the very sweet and thick sweet potato and molten chocolate filling.
That’s it! Thank goodness for the yummy food or the park would have been boring. Also Disneysea is very very cold. Much colder than Tokyo itself. Please bundle up.