Sweet Corn Johnny Cake at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras


Near King’s Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida, guests can select some interesting Mardi Gras food. The food tent located closer to the main walkway offers a vegan option that might interest some of you. This food option goes by the moniker of Sweet Corn Johnny Cake. This vegan option only costs $6.99 before discounts. The menu board explains the ingredients as pulled jerk jackfruit, blood orange crema, avocado, (and) yellow mole sauce.

First, the base of this food item functions as the “Johnny” cake. This style of “Johnny” cake does not match my previous experiences with this type of item. However, theme park chefs’ creativity should never be discouraged. The corn cake base functions like a semi-sweet pancake. The rest of the ingredients reside on top of the corn cake. The presentation looks great. In addition, the portion size for this price point earns respect.

If selecting this item, the spice level exceeds normal theme park spice. These falls short of spice level of jerk jackfruit from last year. However, the spice level demands attention. Almost all the real spice dwells within the jackfruit itself. The jackfruit fulfills the role of component for a jerk style chicken in fine fashion. If looking for a Caribbean style spice, the jackfruit meets that desire. The overall texture of jackfruit matches rest of entrée.

The avocado, mole sauce, and crema balance the spice of jackfruit. In typical fashion this year at Mardi Gras, the food items shine with all ingredients included in each bite. The individual parts taste fine but clearly are intended to blend for a flavor adventure.

Photo courtesy of Universal Food Blog

If you dislike avocado, a larger portion of it will discourage you. The yellow mole sauce tasted surprisingly good to me. For my palate, the spice level tasted great. Of course, mix jackfruit with the rest of ingredients. The blood orange crema provides a more positive flavor than expected. If you are looking for a decent vegan option, you should consider this. I would still recommend the samosas over this. However, this portion size will satisfy you for a snack. If you visit Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando, let the good time roll!

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