Bite 2016: Morimoto Asia 

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Photo by Rob Bartlett

As Walt Disney World Resort expands (just when you thought it couldn't get bigger) and the reimagining of Disney Springs comes to fruition, the must-try list of delicious dishes gets longer. At the top of your theme park tasting to-do's should be the sticky ribs at Morimoto Asia, the Iron Chef's flagship smack-dab in the center of the Springs' dining district.

Even if you skip the sushi and ditch the Peking duck (neither of which we'd recommend, but time isn't always on your side after a two-hour no-reservations wait), the sticky ribs are a perfectly orchestrated ode to the interplay of approachable Southern barbecue and the sweet-salty-umami combos prevalent in Asian foodways. After being braised until titillatingly tender, then seared and slathered with hoisin sauce, the ribs are flash fried in rice-flour batter for extra crispy coating. They're perfectly paired with the custom-created Cherry Blossom Pilsner by Winter Garden's Crooked Can Brewery, who debuted the brew earlier this year in partnership with Morimoto Asia.

Disney Springs, 1600 Buena Vista Drive,

407-939-6686; $$$$

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