Pork Fried Rice From Capt. Cook's At Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Grabbing a quick bite to eat at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort often means a stop at Capt. Cooks. I've written about Capt. Cook's in a previous article, but as one of my Disney Quick Service restaurants so I thought a revisit wouldn't hurt.

Capt. Cook's serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night meals with an an adventurous assortment of sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and more. Many of the entrees have an island vibe and fan favorites include the Pulled Pork Nachos, Thai Coconut Meatballs, and an Asian-style Noodle Salad. Those pulled pork nachos are my weakness and you can read about them here.

Polynesian Quick Service At Capt. Cook'sPolynesian Quick Service At Capt. Cook's

The vibe here is fast paced with many families stopping through on their way to or from the Parks for the day. While there is sometimes a queue, the pace moves quickly as your order is put in and prepared. You can also find a grab and go case stocked with everything from soda and beer, to protein packs and cupcakes for on the go refreshment.

Capt. Cook's Ordering PodiumsCapt. Cook's Ordering Podiums

You'll notice that Capt. Cook's slow roasted pork is a mainstay of many dishes on the menu. I'd like to say that it is too prevalent, but honestly the pork is so tender, juicy, and full of fabulous flavor that eating it is a must whenever I stay at the Polynesian. In fact, Capt. Cook's pulled pork is one of those things that I crave long after we've returned home.

Capt. Cook's Polynesian FavoritesCapt. Cook's Polynesian Favorites

I figured I would try something "new to me" on this trip, so I went with the
Traditional Fried Rice with Slow-roasted Pork. I've heard a lot of good things about this dish over the years and wanted to see if it was worth switching from the Pulled Pork Nachos as my go-to Polynesian Village lunch.

Capt. Cook's Pork Fried RiceCapt. Cook's Pork Fried Rice
Capt. Cook's Pork Fried Rice is served up in a classic white paper Chinese food box. A large helping of traditional pork fried rice (complete with chopped pork, carrots, peas and scrambled egg) makes the base of this entree. That rice base gets topped with a heap of the slightly sweet pulled pork, and garnished with green onion.

The pulled pork was just as flavorful as always, and the dish was filling. Honestly though, I had some issues with the rice being bland and mushy. As you can see from the image below the peas had been sitting in a hot pan for so long the color had gone from bright green to olive drab. Overall I thought the dish was very "OK."

A Forkful Of Fried RiceA Forkful Of Fried Rice

Did I like it better than the Pulled Pork Nachos? No way. While the dish was fair enough the flavors were a bit on the bland side, and the texture didn't provide much variety. I won't be ordering this one again, but I will be returning in the near future because there's more than one way to eat the delicious pulled pork at Capt. Cook's.

Are you a fan of Capt. Cook's? What's your favorite dish on the menu? Leave a comment and let me know what I should try next!

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