Nestled in the heart of the Disneyland Hotel’s towers is a little piece of the tropics. Enjoy Hawaiian music and tiki torches at the Tangaroa Terrace while you dine on the delicious Kālua-style Pork Sandwich.
- Dish: Slow-roasted Kālua-style Pork Sandwich
- Location: Tangaroa Terrace, Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, California
- Price: $10.99 USD
- Cuisine: American
- Seasonality: Year-round
- Ease of Eating: Sit-down, Knife-and-Fork
- Allergy Considerations: Milk, Eggs, Wheat
- Jamie’s Opinion: Savory, fall-apart-in-your-mouth BBQ pork
- Mom-in-Chief Scale: 2.7 out of 5
- Envaluator Scale: 4.3 out of 5
What’s It Taste Like?
The Kālua-style Pork Sandwich is served on a Hawaiian roll. The roll itself is not buttered with any spread, but the pork is topped with barbecue sauce with coleslaw on top. The meat is also marinated in sauce, so the sandwich is not dry.
The barbecue sauce is sweet and zesty without being too strong. The tropical slaw is fresh and crunchy, and adds to the texture of the sandwich. I also like how it cuts through the sweetness of the barbecue sauce, which becomes overpowering after a few bites.
The tropical slaw served on the Kālua-style Pork Sandwich is made up of jicama, celery, yellow bell peppers, and red bell peppers. The flavors seem to be in the same vein as the Zesty Slaw at Hungry Bear, but without the mango. There is a light vinaigrette dressing that doesn’t interfere with the tanginess of the barbecue sauce on the pork.
The side of tropical fruit has pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, and red grapes. The fruit is a good side for the sandwich, since I think that french fries or something heavier would have just been too big a plate.
Is It Easy To Eat?
The sandwich is very hot and soft on the bottom, like it was microwaved or steamed. Because of this I had to flip the sandwich over to keep it from falling apart. I ended up having to hold it together with my fingers and not set it down so that it didn’t fall into pieces.
I would not walk around with this sandwich for that reason. It was nice to have the safety of the plate to catch the falling pieces. You don’t have to knife and fork it, although you could. The pork is very tender, so much so that you could chew the sandwich with your tongue.
Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion
- Ease: 2.5
- Kid Appeal: 3
- Messiness: 2.5
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My son Jack wasn’t thrilled with any part of this sandwich, but that was more to do with the mood that he was in. There were things on the plate that he could munch on, like the sweet Hawaiian bun or the tender pork, as well as the pieces of coleslaw and pieces of fruit. These are all things that could be broken down into bite size pieces for your little one, either to feed them directly or for them to feed themselves.
Be aware of the red grapes however, ours had seeds in them. That is usually not the case with what we’ve gotten at Disney before though, so maybe this was just a one-off.
Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion
- Cost: 3
- Perception: 5
- Theme: 5
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The pork sandwich is a decent size meal and can feed one person or two people to share who are not very hungry. The price is decent as well. Though priced at vacation levels, it’s slightly cheaper than the more American hamburgers they also offer at the Tangaroa Terrace, with a much deeper taste.
This sandwich hits the island theme of the terrace perfectly. Slow-roasted pork is certainly a staple in traditional Hawaiian cooking, where entire pigs are cooked in a covered pit for hours in preparation for a luau. Along with the tropical mix of fruit, I felt at home with this sandwich, nestled along some secluded beach looking out at crystal clear blue ocean.
The Kālua-style Pork Sandwich is a filling and deliciously savory sandwich that will satisfy your taste buds. Slip away to this oasis at the Disneyland Hotel for a quick-service meal while the ambiance and music drift you away to Hawaii.
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