I don’t know about you, but after an adventure at DINOSAUR and Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama, I feel hungry enough to eat a dinosaur! Well, maybe not quite that much, but when I get a rumbly in my tumbly at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and my stomach growls louder than the Park’s inhabitants, it’s good to know there are many eatery options.
If I’m already at DinoLand, USA, I head on over to Restaurantosaurus, a home-away-from-home for the fun-loving paleontology students, Chester and Hester. (You met them last week, remember?) Their dino collections and class notes line the walls for your perusal while the “nature students” minding the registers serve up tasty favorites, like burgers, shrimp po’ boys, veggie subs, and chicken nuggets.
Over in the Park’s Asia section is the Yak & Yeti Restaurant, offering table-service and a full-service bar. Choose such Asian delights as a bamboo steamer basket of dim sum, crispy honey chicken, and seared miso salmon. Guests in a hurry can eat at the adjacent quick-service restaurant, with a limited menu of sweet-and-sour pork, crispy honey chicken, fried rice, and egg rolls.
In the Africa area you’ll find Tusker House Restaurant in Harambe, a diverse African-inspired lunch and dinner buffet with carved meats and an array of interesting tastes such as chutneys, hummus, spiced tandoori tofu, and couscous salad. Tusker House also hosts Donald’s Safari Breakfast, a Character dining experience, from 8-10 a.m. daily. Adjacent is the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery for pastries and favorite sweets.
Near Discovery Island are the counter service options Pizzafari, offering open-hearth oven-baked crusts with a variety of unusual toppings, and Flame Tree Barbecue, featuring wood-roasted meats with a choice of two original barbecue sauce flavors plus a special dry marinade that is rubbed into the meat before cooking. Both restaurants continue the colorful artistic theme of Discovery Island, and provide outdoor, riverside dining areas.
If you’re on your way out of the Park (or into), you might choose to dine at the Rainforest Café (operated by Landry’s Restaurants, which also manages the Yak & Yeti). I’ve never dined here, because it is a franchise establishment that I’ve visited in other locations. However, the one at Animal Kingdom does exude a certain bit of Disney magic; plus it has its own entrance to the Park. The restaurant features an assortment of casual dining options like pastas, salads, sandwiches and desserts.
Well, I’m stuffed and ready for some more Animal Kingdom excitement! How about you?
Make a taste of Africa today! Below is the recipe for Spicy Potato and Pea Samosas at Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House. They are served with a mango chutney, which is not included in the recipe. [Recipe courtesy AllEars.net; photo via Todd Perlmutter of Touring Plans.] *Adult supervision recommended.
Spicy Potato and Pea Samosas
Tusker House, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Ingredients for Pastry :
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons oil
3/4 cup water
Ingredients for Potato Stuffing:
5 each potatoes (red potatoes are recommended)
2 tablespoons oil
1 each green chili (de-veined and seeds removed)
1 cup green peas (frozen or fresh work best)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry paste (if you prefer heat, add hot sauce)
Oil for deep frying
Procedure for Pastry:
1. Mix flour and salt in bowl.
2. Add oil and rub until mixture resembles small bread crumbs.
3. Add water and knead for 10 minutes.
4. Rub dough with oil, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
Procedure for Potato and Pea Filling:
5. Boil potatoes until tender, cool, peel and dice.
6. Saute peas in oil; add green chili, potatoes and spices.
7. Mix and cook on low heat for 4 to 5 minutes.
Procedure for making Samosa:
8. Divide dough into 10 balls.
9. Roll into flat square shape about 5 inch diameter.
10. Cut in half and fill each side with 1 tablespoon potato and pea mixture.
11. Brush a little water around the edge of the pastry, fold, seam and seal.
Procedure for cooking Samosa:
12. Heat about 2 inches of oil for frying over medium to low heat to 350 degrees.
13. Carefully add samosas to oil. Fry slowly, turning the samosas as they brown and are crisp.
14. Drain excess oil and serve with mango chutney.
Note: Wonton wrappers may be substituted for the pastry. Leftover mashed potatoes could be used instead of fresh potatoes.
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