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Epcot created Christmas tree sushi and it’s lovely

The Japan pavilion’s tuna and salmon mashup is Instagram gold.
One of the more popular dishes at Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays is this Christmas tree-shaped sushi found in the Japan pavilion.
One of the more popular dishes at Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays is this Christmas tree-shaped sushi found in the Japan pavilion. [ Walt Disney World ]
Published Dec. 17, 2019
Updated Dec. 18, 2019

You have to see it to believe it, but the mad scientists at work in the Epcot kitchens have come up with some sushi that’s as lovely as a Christmas tree.

Called the Chirashi Sushi Tree, it’s found in the Japan pavilion at Epcot as part of the International Festival of the Holidays. Kiosks have been set up around the World Pavilion dishing out holiday foods from around the world like a miniature version of the theme park’s popular International Food and Wine Festival.

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The holiday kitchen set up in Japan has a more traditional (and vegetarian) dish called the New Year Celebration Soba: buckwheat soba noodles in hot dashi soup with kakiage (vegetable tempura) and chopped green onion.

But the show stopper is the sushi tree. Disney’s many foodie bloggers are going crazy for it.

Reviews say it tastes as good as it looks, though it’s a little heavy on the sticky rice out of necessity.

It has a bed of rice in the shape of a tree with thinly sliced flecks of lettuce. There’s sashimi-grade tuna, salmon and yellowtail. The ornaments are made of ikura (fish eggs), and paper-thin cucumbers are crosshatched. It’s draped with a garland of dynamite sauce, topped with a carrot cut like a star and surrounded by dabs of glowing green wasabi.

“We can’t stop staring at it,” wrote Carly Caramann of the Disney Food blog. “It’s a pretty good size for $6, but the flavors aren’t much of a standout. We love the dish for its looks, but it’s definitely style-over-substance on this little cutie.”

The International Festival of the Holidays runs through Dec. 30 at Epcot, which also features decorations, food booths around the world and the popular “Candlelight Processional” offering a lineup of celebrity narrators who tell the Christmas story accompanied by a choir and a 50-piece orchestra.