Recently, I've reviewed two dishes from Vulcania Restaurant. The Fried Rice with Char Siu & Egg and also the Pan Fried Pork & Vegetables with Oyster Sauce. Both of them fell short, when it comes to getting a bang for your buck. It's a shame really. Vulcania Restaurant is such a beautiful restaurant. Where else in the world can you boast about dining in a volcano? Only in Tokyo Disney. Today, I will be reviewing the Spicy Tofu with Minced Pork in Vulcania Restaurant and hopefully this dish will erupt my mind, instead of getting me back to my dormant state.
Spicy Tofu with Minced Pork costs 950 yen and it contains tofu, minced pork and eggplant, all drenched in "spicy" sauce. Basically, it's Mapo Tofu. Noticed that I have the word "spicy" in inverted commas. I'll get back to that later. Firstly, I'd like to reiterate whatever I've written in the previous blog post. Spicy Tofu with Minced Pork is essentially a Chinese side dish. Eating this alone, without rice, does not feel complete. You can read more about my feelings towards this, here. I don't wanna sound like a broken record. I'm trying to stay positive, so that I can give you an honorable review. I'm just professional like that!
Let's get back to that inverted commas now. In my attempt to reform myself to be a better, more positive rat, I'm slowly coming to terms with Tokyo Disney throwing the word "spicy" around. "Spicy" to Tokyo Disney is like plates at a Greek wedding. I am slowly trying to accept this fact, so first off, forget about the word "spicy" in the name of this dish. This dish is super mild when it comes to spiciness. My daughter, Mahina, who is 3 years old, ate this and was okay. My son, Haku, who is 1 year old, ate this and was okay too. So, for those of you who don't like spicy food, you have nothing to worry about. Just reimagine the name of this dish to be Tofu with Minced Pork because, essentially, that's what it is. This goes for all of you who like spicy food too. This will help you prepare yourself for what's to come. It will save you from disappointment.
"Spicy" Tofu with Minced Pork, sorry, I meant to say Tofu with Minced Pork, tasted good. I've never had Mapo Tofu that tasted like this before and I'm part Chinese. The sauce was a little sour and sweet. It had more of a 'tomatoey' taste than spicy. The addition of eggplant to the dish added a spongy texture and tad bit of bitterness, which I found to be really good. Overall, this is really good dish, when eaten with rice. Having this alone just feels really weird to me. Alone, this dish is like a snack. It's not a meal. Would you pay 950 yen for a snack? Also, Tokyo Disney should rename this dish. Come up with something like, "Tomatoes, Tofu and Minced Pork jump over the Shaolin Temple" or something. They should do that and market it as a new dish. The world will jump on that.
Finally, the time of reckoning has come. Wait a minute, let me bust out my calculator. So, it tasted really good. That's a 5, but without the rice, it felt like something was missing, so that's minus 1. Also, the name confused me a little. Should I have reviewed this dish as Spicy Tofu with Minced Pork which is basically Mapo Tofu, or should I review this as something totally different? All this confusion Tokyo Disney is causing me is giving me a headache. So, that's another 0.5 points shaven off the score. Hit the = sign and we've got....
Honorable Rating: A confusing dish that is really good, with rice (3.5/5)
PS: If you are traveling in a group, it might make sense to get a few entrees (side dishes, in my opinion), a few plates of rice and share among your group. That would bump up the value of dining in Vulcania Restaurant. Everyone will get to try something different and most entrees on the board are better with rice, anyways. When Wife-Chan and I bring the kids to Vulcania Restaurant, we always go with two entrees and two plates of rice. That normally does the job.