In honor of his seventh year of culinary service at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs, WDW Magazine spoke with Executive Sous Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi to learn more about the fine art of Asian cooking and how aspiring chefs can get their start.
Morimoto Asia is one of the best restaurants at Disney Springs. Located in The Landing section, Morimoto serves up Pan-Asian cuisine dreamt up by Chef Morimoto (you know him from Iron Chef America). But it’s Morimoto’s Executive Sous Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi who makes the magic happen for guests each day.
A Conversation with Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi
This week, I corresponded with Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi (Sous-Chef de Cuisine) via email as he celebrated his seventh year with Morimoto Asia. He brings over 20 years of experience to the table and in his role today oversees everything from daily operations to food quality. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Chef Takeshi remembers seeing Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef, which set Takeshi on his own mission to become a chef specializing in Pan-Asian cuisine.
Below you will find excerpts from my interview with Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi:
Timothy Moore: What is your favorite dish to make at home?
Chef Takeshi Ikeuchi: I like to make oden, which is a Japanese fish cake stew.
T: What is the best thing on the Morimoto menu right now, in your opinion?
C: Peking Duck, for me.
T: What Chinese dish is most approachable for aspiring chefs to get started with? What advice do you have for others who want to follow in your footsteps?
C: Fried rice. This is very simple, but it requires many kinds of skills like balance, observation and speed. Eat many dishes, and carefully think about what is good and what is wrong.
T: What have been some of the more challenging dishes to make?
C: I want to make MSG-free Chinese food and vegan Chinese food.
T: If you’re ever not in the mood for fine Asian cuisine, what are some of your other favorite places to eat around Disney Springs? What is it that draws you to those restaurants as well?
C: My favorite places are Jaleo and Hungry Cab, which has good seafood with Cajun flavor.
About Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
The Morimoto menu includes Chinese and Japanese fare, including seafood and sushi. Reservations are highly recommended; call (407) 939-6686.
Morimoto Asia Hours
Hours are subject to change. Check the official page on the Disney website when planning your trip. Right now, Morimoto Asia offers lunch on weekends only and dinner every day of the week:
- Monday-Thurs: Dinner (4:30-9:00)
- Friday: Dinner (4:30-10:00)
- Saturday: Lunch (12:00-3:00) and Dinner (4:30-10:00)
- Sunday: Lunch (12:00-3:00) and Dinner (4:30-9:00)
The Morimoto lunch menu ranges from $15 to $34.99 per adult; the Morimoto dinner menu goes from $35 to $59.99 per adult.
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