We recently went to grab lunch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Satu’li Canteen. This Pandora located quick service has been a favorite for vegans for quite some time. Mostly because they have a delicious and easily vegan option on their menu.
The Crispy Tofu Bowl is the vegan option here, but things can get a little complicated from here. When you choose a bowl, you also pick a base (of four options) and then a sauce (there are three options). However, only two bases are vegan, and only one sauce is vegan. Luckily, the new Plant Based Logo 🌱has made it a bit more simple on the menu for us.
The vegan bases are the Potato Hash and the Rice and Black Beans. I did speak with a coordinator about the Hearty Salad, which can be modified by getting it as a dry salad as the dressing contains honey. The Lo Mein Noodles also contain honey.
For the sauces, only the Charred Green Onion Vinaigrette is vegan. The Black Bean Vinaigrette is not vegan as it contains fish sauce, the Creamy Herb Dressing contains eggs.
|Vegan Bases||Vegan Sauces||Modifiable||NOT vegan|
|Potato Hash||Charred Green Onion Vinaigrette||Hearty Salad (omit dressing)||Lo Mein Noodles (honey)|
|Rice and Black Beans||Black Bean Vinaigrette (fish sauce)|
|Creamy Herb Dressing (egg)|
We love both the potato hash and beans and rice bases. I personally lean towards the beans and rice as it’s a heartier option. But the potatoes are also packed with flavor, but a bit more oily.
The green onion vinaigrette is super flavorful and you can absolutely ask for more on the side (and should). It has a nice tang to it and mixes well with the bowl.
The tofu is usually crispy, but not always. When it’s crispy, it’s a great texture in the bowl. The tofu itself is pressed well and the whole cube is seasoned very well. The menu calls it “Chili Spiced” but I have never noticed any heat to these.
On top of the bowl they also have a slaw and boba balls. The slaw is vegan, not dairy based. The bobas are usually fruit based, but when Saut’li Canteen opened they were yogurt based. So just be sure to ask when you order or ask for them without in general.
They also have a kids bowl here that is vegan when you order it with the rice and beans base. It comes with just the base and the tofu. This is a great option for vegan/vegetarian kids, and especially those on the Disney Dining Plan!
This and the Roasted Vegetable Bowl from Harambe Market are my two favorite whole food style options for a quick service in the parks. It’s a super filling option and packs a ton of great flavors. I would say that this tofu may even convert some people who are scared of trying it to loving it.
Review from January 2020