Almost every year Morocco lures me into its kiosk, though I didn’t fall for it last year, as the food options weren’t anything I hadn’t tried before. Nor was I impressed when I did try them.
Having been burned by its lack of flavor over the past several years, I skipped the Kefta Pocket and moved on to the new Spicy Shrimp Roll. In the past, they’ve offered a Harissa Chicken Roll, which made the menu last year as well as back in 2011. It can also be found at Spice Road Table on its Tingis Sampler. It was nothing more than a chain restaurant’s Southwest Egg Roll, and I’m not the only person to have made such a comparison.
The Spicy Shrimp Roll’s only information listed on the menu board was that it comes with a Cilantro and Mint Sauce. The “sauce” was very heavy on the oil, and its flavor was almost more prominent than the cilantro and mint. Fortunately, the wrapper’s crisp exterior held up against the sauce and didn’t become soggy.
Inside the roll was shredded cabbage, carrots, and some herbs I couldn’t discern. They are very reminiscent of the Egg Rolls found at the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland Egg Roll Cart. They don’t have as much “homemade” look as the Lamb Brewat Rolls served at Taste of Marrakesh during the 2014 Flower & Garden Festival.
The shrimp used in the roll were baby shrimp, and there were maybe 4 of 5 of them tucked inside. They weren’t as prominent in flavor as the veggies. As an egg roll, it wasn’t terrible, but it was really uninspired to represent Morocco. The sauce didn’t help it either. It’s not a dish I care to revisit, and will skip if it appears again next festival.
Here is 2011’s Kefta Pocket, which I haven’t ordered since.
While I’ve never ordered the Baklava from the Morocco kiosk, I recommend, and have for a while, picking some up from the Pastries and Coffee Bar inside Restaurant Marrakesh, where you can find it in Pistachio, Walnut, and Cashew:
We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Morocco as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?