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Vegan at Disneyland – California Adventure’s Lucky Fortune Cookery

I have posted about Disneyland before and will continue to update as I try different vegan options in both Disneyland and California Adventure.  Click here to see all posts about Disneyland.  Eventually, I plan to put together my own comprehensive list.

My sister, Sammi, decided to get an Annual Pass and came to Disneyland with us this weekend for her first visit in a long time.

We decided to go to Lucky Fortune Cookery in California Adventure this time, since I hadn’t yet had a chance to try it.  It’s in the Pacific Wharf area along with many other restaurants.

Lucky Fortune Cookery Exterior | A Vegan in Progress

They offer Asian rice bowls, each with steamed rice and seared Asian vegetables.  First you choose your protein, then you choose your sauce.  The fact that they offer both tofu and meat options makes this a good place to go with others that allows everyone to get what they want.

Lucky Fortune Cookery Menu board | A Vegan in Progress

Sammi is vegan too, so we agreed to order difference sauces so we could try both.  She ordered a tofu bowl with Spicy Korean sauce and I got a tofu bowl with Teriyaki sauce.  We realized later that we may have been able to ask them to substitute brown rice, since they offer it in their kid’s meals.

The Spicy Korean sauce was flavorful, but a little too spicy for my taste – and I usually like things spicy!  Sammi really liked it, she has a higher tolerance.

The Teriyaki sauce was just as flavorful with a little less heat, but still on the spicy side.  It was my preference.  I didn’t think it had quite enough sauce.  Sammi thought hers had enough sauce, but it could have been because it was so spicy that she appreciated a little plain rice in there to cool off her tongue.

Both of them came out piping hot and perfectly cooked.  The used silken tofu, which isn’t my favorite – I like it a little firmer.  We were given pretty good portions, but when compared to gumbo in an edible bread bowl, it seemed a little expensive.  It was originally $10.49, but after a Premium Annual Passport holder discount, it came to only $9.63 including tax.

I would eat here again to break up my habit of ordering Veggie Gumbo from Royal Street Veranda, which remains my favorite.  However, I did prefer this meal over the N’awlins Vegetable Ragout from Cafe Orleans, which is more expensive.

More reviews to come as I try different dishes around the parks!

Vegan at Disneyland – Cafe Orleans, post 1

Eric and I just got Annual Passes to Disneyland again to celebrate his 30th birthday and my college graduation.  I have posted about Disneyland before and will continue to update as I try different vegan options in both Disneyland and California Adventure.  Click here to see all posts about Disneyland.

Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

It seems like it has been a really long time since we had passes.  We’re looking forward to making it a main source of entertainment for the next year.

Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

Now population 650,000,002!

For lunch, of course, we beelined to the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square for some long awaited Vegan Gumbo.  It didn’t disappoint.  I love that stuff.

For dinner, we decided to eat at an old pre-vegan favorite, Cafe Orleans.  We made reservations for sunset and requested a table outside so we could watch the park go from day to night over a nice meal.  Thanks to the blogs I linked to in a previous post about vegan options at Disneyland, I knew that there was an entree that could easily be made vegan.  I got the N’awlins Vegetable Ragout (no cheese, with the corn cakes on the side for Eric to try) for $15.49.

N'awlins Vegetable Ragout - Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

The vegetable ragout (like a stew) included eggplant, red onions, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, and fresh garlic, with a tomato sauce.  The vegetables were cooked very well and the sauce was delicious, but the dish felt like it was lacking in substance.  Without the corn cakes to mop up some of the sauce, I was simply eating vegetables topped in sauce.  This dish would have been so much better on top of some pasta or accompanied by some sourdough rolls.  As it was, I would grade it a B level meal.

We also ordered the Pommes Frites ($5.99) to share.  They very nicely veganized the traditional French-fried potatoes with garlic and parsley by omitting the Parmesan cheese.  These tasted kind of boring… they were definitely lacking in the garlic department.

Vegan at Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

As a nice treat, the Cafe Orleans offers a Mickey shaped Beignet (a French pastry, similar to a puffy donut without glaze) for guests celebrating a birthday.  I always loved those pre-vegan days and enjoyed celebrating.

BEIGNET

I have to make one more note about the Cafe Orleans and probably all restaurants in Disneyland.  This has never happened to us before, but their water on this visit was nasty.  Eric’s water tasted soapy (probably a soapy glass) and mine had a *cue Psycho music here* brownish ice cube in it.  I’m not saying this is an ongoing problem, but I am saying that I will be ordering drinks without ice from here on out.  Gross.

Stay tuned for more Disneyland reviews.  We’ve already planned visits for the next two weekends!