Never let it be said that the organizers of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival don’t have a sense of humor.
At a media preview of new menu items for the upcoming 18th annual food fest, executive chef Jens Dahlman announced that the South Korean Marketplace will have a new item called Kimchi Dog, which elicited quite a bit of snickering. (OK, that was me.) But don’t worry, Pluto is safe. The food item is actually a spicy version of a hot dog that was produced especially for the festival by a sausage making vendor in Sarasota who provides all the sausages for the Germany pavilion at Epcot.
Dahlman says he asked the sausage maker to play around with adding ginger and some kimchi seasoning, and he came up with a spicy dog that is made spicier with the addition of kimchi, the fermented cabbage that is a staple of Korean diets, and a splurtch of mustard.
The result? It’s pretty tasty. Spicy food lovers might ask for a little more kimchi or mustard, but I liked my dog.
But won’t the food item raise some eyebrows? Dahlman says that the culinary team is always conscious of respecting a participating country’s heritage, and that’s true of South Korea, where, as off putting as it is to Americans, dog is used as a food item. But Dahlman also says they like to have a little fun with the food offerings, too.
What do you think? Will you try the Kimchi Dog at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival when it opens September 27? Leave a comment below.
I’ll have more about some of the other food and beverages to look for soon.