Step out of reality and into Pandora – World of Avatar with these delicious Satu’li bowls from Satu’li Canteen at Walt Disney World.
Satu’li Bowls from Pandora – The World of Avatar
These bowls are a MUST when visiting Walt Disney World. Each bite is bursting with an array of different fresh flavors. You will feel like you have stepped out of reality and into the World of Avatar. Create your own salad, rice bowl, potato bowl, or noodle bowl using the ingredients in this recipe. The combinations and possibilities are endless!
Where in the [Walt Disney] World is Satu’li Canteen?
Satu’li Canteen is located in Animal Kingdom Park in the Land of Avatar (aka Pandora). You will find it across from the Windtraders Shop at the exit of the Flight of Passage ride (best. ride. ever.) Save time by putting your order in on the WDW app. You can just walk up to the front of the line and pick up your order!
Satu’li Canteen Menu
Though the Satu’li bowls are the main entree at Satu’li Canteen, there are all sorts of other fantastic menu items. You can’t go wrong with the blueberry cream cheese mousse or the chocolate cake for dessert. There is also a great kids menu including several “Mickey check” items. Have an allergy? The Satu’li Canteen menu also includes gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, fish free, soy free, and tree nut free options. Pretty much any of the menu items can be made to be allergy friendly. How cool is that?
What’s In A Satu’li Bowl
The Satu’li bowl is a “build your own”-type entree. You basically pick a meat option, then a base, and a sauce. Each is topped with the crunchy slaw and a few boba balls. Here are the options:
- Pick Your Protein:
- Combination grilled chicken and beef
- Chili-garlic shrimp
- Grilled wood-fired chicken
- Slow roasted sliced beef
- Crispy fried tofu
- Pick Your Base:
- Rice and black beans
- Lo mein noodles
- Red and sweet potato hash
- Hearty Salad (basically a kale salad)
- Pick Your Sauce:
- Black bean vinaigrette
- Creamy herb dressing
- Charred green onion vinaigrette
For the recipe below, we made the combination chicken/beef bowls with the lo mein noodles and creamy herb dressing. I have had several variations/combinations of the bowls and this one is my favorite by far.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
For this recipe you will need some very common ingredients such as olive oil, vinegar, carrots, beef, chicken, etc… and some not so common ingredients. I will break down some of the ingredients that aren’t as easy to find and tell you where/how to find them:
- Lo Mein Noodles: I was able to find these in the Asian section of my regular grocery store. You will be able to find them at any Asian market as well. They came in a pack like spaghetti noodles. If you can’t find lo mein noodles, Yakisoba noodles would probably work fine.
- Ground Sumac: This one is tricky. You use very little of it in the recipe but it adds so much flavor to the sauce. You can find it at an Asian market in a small packet. I just asked one of the employees where I could find it and they led me right to it. If you can’t find sumac, I have heard that lemon zest is a decent substitute.
- Cardamom/Turmeric: You should be able to find both of these in the spice section of your grocery store.
- Boba “Popping” Balls: Not to be confused with tapioca boba balls. You want these boba balls to have the juice in the middle. The kind that gives you a little juice explosion when you bite into them. I read online that you can find them at most Asian markets but I called every. single. Asian market in my area and I couldn’t find them anywhere. Finally, I remembered seeing them at a build-your-own frozen yogurt shop and tried my luck there… SUCCESS! They actually had cups that were pre filled with the boba balls that you could buy (without having to get any frozen yogurt). The flavor doesn’t really matter, but I think the ones we got were strawberry.
How to Make Satu’li bowls
Though these bowls seem to have a lot of ingredients, the preparation part really isn’t that hard. Most of it is mixing marinades/dressings and letting them sit overnight. Here’s how to make them:
- Prepare marinades for chicken and beef and marinate meat (separately) in the refrigerator overnight.
- Prepare creamy herb dressing and allow to set overnight (this is very important, you want those flavors to combine or it won’t taste right)
- On the day of serving, remove beef from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temp (about 1 hour). Roast at a low temperature for 3-4 hours or until beef has an internal temperature of 130-degrees. Allow beef to rest and then slice into thin slices.
- Prepare the lo mein noodles and allow to cool (you can serve them warm but they are served chilled at Animal Kingdom).
- Grill the chicken and dice into bite-sized pieces.
- Prepare the slaw by making the easy dressing and tossing with carrots and cabbage.
- To arrange the bowls, place the noodles in each bowl and top with chicken, beef, slaw, and boba balls. Serve with the dressing on the side or over the meat.
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Satu’li Bowl Recipe
- 20 ounces lo mein noodles
- juicy boba "popping" balls (for garnish)
Slow Roasted Beef
- 3 pound beef roast (you won't use ALL the roast, but to make it work for slicing you will want to make the full amount and just use as much as you need)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons rosemary
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
Grilled Canteen Chicken
- Cook lo mein noodles according to package directions. Drain well and allow to cool. Toss in 1 tablespoon olive oil and refrigerate until ready to eat. (see notes above)
For The Slow Roasted Beef:
- Place beef roast in a large Ziplock bag.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, sale and pepper until well combined.
- Pour mixture over the roast and seal the bag, pressing out as much air as you can and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
- When beef has finished marinating, discard excess marinade and place roast in a roasting pan (uncovered). Roast at 200-degrees for 3-4 hours or until internal temperature reaches 130-degrees.
- Remove from oven and cover with foil and allow to rest for 30-40 minutes.
- Using a sharp carving knife, slice into very thin slices to serve over your Satu'li bowls.
For The Grilled Canteen Chicken:
- Place chicken thighs in a large Ziplock bag.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Pour mixture over the chicken and seal the bag, pressing out as much air as you can and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
- Remove chicken from bag and discard excess marinade.
- Grill over medium heat until chicken is completely cooked through (165-degrees). Remove from grill and cover with foil. Allow to rest 10-15 minutes.
- Cut chicken into cubes and serve over Satu'li bowls.
For The Crunchy Slaw:
- Place the shredded carrot and shredded cabbage in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Toss mixture with the carrot/cabbage mixture until well coated.
- Serve immediately over the Satu'li bowls.
For The Creamy Herb Dressing:
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse or blend until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Note: When you first make the dressing it will have no color to it. After it sets you will notice the natural color from the spices will make it look light green, just like in the park.
Assembling The Satu'li Bowls:
- Divide lo mein noodles between 6 pasta-sized bowls.
- Add about 1/2 cup chicken and 1/2 cup sliced beef to each bowl (or just divide evenly).
- Add slaw to each bowl and top with about 2 tablespoons of boba balls.
- Serve with 1/4 cup creamy herb dressing per bowl (on the side or drizzled over the meat).
- Roasting pan