Sunday Brunchies and Crunchies: Chinois Chicken
Salad at Wolfgang Puck Express
June 26, 2011
Authorâ€™s note: Sunday Brunchies and Crunchies is
a new version of Sunday Brunch that explores a single item in WDW.
Rather than dedicate a post to one whole restaurant, weâ€™ll be
taking a critical look at some delicious Disney treats and dining
This week weâ€™ll be zooming down to the Wolfgang Puck
Express in the Downtown Disney Marketplace for a quick taste of
Wolfgang Puckâ€™s Chinois Chicken Salad. This quick
service restaurant is rather unique and on a higher level than many
other quick service locations in Walt Disney World, though that
discussion is for another time. Get ready,
because this salad has both great and unsatisfactory elements.
The salad is made up of sliced pan-roasted chicken, cashews,
red cabbage and other Asian vegetables (hence the name â€œChinoisâ€
meaning â€œChineseâ€ in French), crispy wonton noodles, and a honey
Wolfgang Puckâ€™s Chinois Chicken Salad
My plate arrived at our table piled high with a
colorful array of shredded lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, and other
vegetables. There was also about 1 cup of crispy
wonton noodles sprinkled on top with a handful of cashew nuts and
some chicken. The portion size was quite generous
and I knew it would definitely fill me up.
The first forkful of salad arrived with satisfaction
as I could taste the tangy, yet light honey mustard dressing and the
crisp freshness of all the vegetables. My first
bite was made complete with a satisfying crunch of the lightly
salted, wonton noodles.
After a few more bites, I have to admit, the salad
got a bitâ€¦tiring. The more I ate it, the more I
realized this salad was a lot more like an Asian coleslaw.
Not to say itâ€™s a bad salad, itâ€™s just the portion size as a
full serving salad was too much. Served along
some Beef teriyaki or with a Hibachi meal, this would be a great
accompaniment. By itself as a single meal it was
just too much. I applaud Wolfgang Puck for
creating an Asian themed salad, though for me it was too much to
have as a single meal. I think it would work
better with more greens rather than shreds of lettuce and cabbage.
Perhaps some spinach, lettuce, and bok choy could work.
When one thinks of salad, a nice poofy bed of greens comes to
mind, though these Chinese Chickens were out of bed and stuck in a
nest of coleslaw.
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