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3 of our favorite cuisines and where to find them in Orlando based on your budget

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Splurge: 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Ukulele players serenade and tiki drinks on fire flow freely at this vast dining hall in the center of the newly refreshed Polynesian Village resort. Make two reservations, though: One for 'Ohana for dinner and one for pre-meal cocktails at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar, where the Shrunken Zombie Head cocktail comes in a souvenir shrunken head filled with three different kinds of rum, plus tropical juices, falernum and cinnamon. Then head into the restaurant for oak-grilled shrimp skewers, pillowy pork dumplings in garlic-ginger sa auce and probably the best bread pudding served in a hotel anywhere in town, laid over ice cream and topped with banana caramel sauce. 1600 Seven Seas Drive, 407-939-3463, disneyworld.disney.go.com

Spend: Ming's Bistro
You might have visited this popular dim sum spot on the weekends to score custard tarts and shumai from the passing carts, and truth be told, you can spend a buck in a hurry here (those little dishes add up fast). But if you've never ordered off the menu before, start there. Watercress soup envelops savory sliced pork, servers scoop live Maine lobsters out of the tank for steamed lobster with soy and chili sauce, the sound of giant Chinese cleavers hacking up sweet and salty roast duck swells from the kitchen, conch sauteed with green chives comes sauced in a rich seafood-stock glaze. The place has been redesigned to feel more intimate and upscale, but the prices are still fair and plates are full of flavors both exotic and familiar. 1212 Woodward St.; 407-898-9672

Save: Sushi & Seoul on the Roll
Found on weeknights outside pourhouses like Will's Pub, the Thirsty Topher, the Guesthouse and Redlight Redlight, this food truck is home base for sushi, Korean and Chinese street food like bao stuffed with soft-shell crabs, avocado fries and ramen bowls, perfect to pair with craft beers or cocktails. One of our favorites: seared ahi tuna tataki bites crusted with chili flakes and topped with avocado slices, belted with nori and dotted with a little sriracha and spicy mayo. The flavor bombs have dropped. Look out for Asian delicacies you wouldn't think to find on a truck, like salty, briny uni cradled by sliced avocado (forget bacon, everything's better with avo) and topped with salmon roe. facebook.com/sushiandseoulontheroll


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