Chandu Tail is one of the most sought after snacks at Tokyo DisneySea. Many have blogged about it and so far, all that I've read were good reviews. A very popular snack at Tokyo DisneySea. On my visits to Tokyo DisneySea, I've never really cared about Chandu Tail. I always end up with a box of Curry Popcorn when I'm at Arabian Coast and after fighting for the majority of popcorn with Little Mahina, I get tired and decide to take a break from eating for a while. This time however, after reading all the positive reviews, I decided to crawl my way up to Sultan's Oasis, taking another route so that I don't come into contact with the smell of Curry Popcorn, to get a taste of this cute little snack that might make some oversensitive animal lovers go apeshit.
As you can see from the picture above, Sultan's Oasis serves up many different parts of animals' anatomy. Tails, balls, balls with soft serve and so on.... "Oh my God, did he just say that?!" Okay, okay, bad joke. Apologies for that, Ratketeers. I'm in a really mischievous mood right now. The Texans just won 4 in a row and Liverpool F.C. is doing really well with our new manager, Jurgen Klopp. I'm happy and when I'm happy, I become a child.
My sincerest apologies to every rat that got offended by my mischief. I'm going to try to soften the blow. Balls = Eyeballs. Soft Serve = Tears. Tail is just tail. When you bite on an animal's tail, it's eyes will swell up from sadness and tears will start rolling down it's face. Kids, don't do it. Nothing good can come out from that. Chandu Tail is a snack. I repeat, it is just a fun and super cute snack. I hope that helps clarify things.
Sultan's Oasis is a counter service snack store with outdoor seating. This might be the reason why I have never visited prior to this visit. You see, as I've said countless times, I'm a tropical rat. My body only functions at 100% in summer. In spring, autumn and winter, I feel cold. When it gets cold, I crawl back to my sewer and sit in front of a little fire that I cook up using matchboxes and matchsticks. You will never see me seating outside for more than 5 minutes when it's below 20 degrees celsius. In winter, when I go out, I wear 6 layers up top and 4 layers below. I'm currently typing this blog post in my heated office wearing Heat-tech, a T-shirt, a sweater and a hoody. Yes, that's how weak I am.
So, naturally, when I walk around DisneySea, from one heated place to another, I avoid all dining establishments that only have outdoor seating. I would not be able to remove my hands from my pockets to pay the cashier. I would probably get her or him to reach into my pockets to extract my cash which would probably lead to a sexual harassment lawsuit. Thankfully, this was not a cold night. It was about 20.5 degrees celsius. I was able to crawl up to the counter of Sultan's Oasis with my head held high, get myself a Chandu Tail and pay the wonderful cashier with a big smile on my face knowing that I was going to try one of the most popular snacks in Tokyo DisneySea.
As I held Chandu Tail in my hand, it's warmth resonated all over my body. I've never seen a snack that looked so damn cute. Everything about it was cute. The packaging was cute, the snack was cute, the lady handing Chandu Tail over to me was cute, but Ratketeers, I am here for a reason. I am here to give you an honest, Honorable Rat review. I am not one to gaze into the eyes of cuteness and bend over backwards. I am really good at looking past the cuteness of something to find out what it is really about. It's a talent that I picked up and sharpened when I was growing up in Singapore. You can read about this talent here.
Interestingly, the first thing that popped into my mind when I was holding this super cute, bright artificially colored tiger's tail in my hand, was The Riddler. I felt like I was in a Batman movie, somewhere in the Middle East, trying to solve one of The Riddler's clever riddles. What was The Riddler trying to tell me? I couldn't tell by just looking at Chandu Tail. I had to take a bite to find out more. As I stood in the middle of Arabian Coast with the full moon staring down at me, I took a bite. I got even more confused. Confused at what the hype was about. It tasted like a Chicken Pot Pie Bao, if ever there was such a thing. The cream with corn and little bits of chicken oozed into my mouth and I began to think that The Riddler was just playing with me. Damn you Riddler! What are you trying to tell me?!
So, what is this hoo-ha about Chandu Tail? Granted, it looked amazing and will definitely be a hit on your social media page, but taste-wise, it was nothing special. It tasted good, but not good enough to justify paying 410 yen, especially with minimal stuffing. I'd rather go for the Meat Pie at Breezeway Bites. It's more affordable and more fulfilling. This reminded me of the Gyoza Sausage Bun, just more presentable.
Riddle me this. Would you pay 410 yen for a chicken bao with minimal filling that looked super cute?
Honorable Rating: Don't Break Your Notes (3/5)