Advanced Dining Reservations are now available at Jungle Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom Park, a restaurant which adds a whole new dimension to theme park dining at Walt Disney World Resort. Bold tastes from Asia, South America and Africa are prominent at the 222-seat table-service restaurant.

Fun décor takes you to the mess hall, or to the jungle-inspired parlor once used by the company’s founder, Dr. Albert Falls and his family. Behind the once-secret bookcase, another dining room is in a former meeting room of the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

One of our favorite dishes are these steamed dumplings made with fresh pork, shrimp and the crunch of water chestnuts. The simple dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment.

It takes a little time to grind the meat in your food processor – but you also could ask your butcher to do it for you. And wonton wrappers are available in most grocery store produce aisles. Ditto the sambal oelek, a spicy Southeast Asian chile sauce usually made with hot red chile peppers, salt and sometimes vinegar.

These dumplings make a great starter for any meal – or serve them as an entrée with a cool Asian salad.

Recipe for Shu Mai from Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

Reservations are now available 180 days in advance, and can be made by visiting or calling 407-WDW- DINE.