QQ Rice was established in Taiwan in 1988 and has more than 300 franchises around the World. QQ Rice is a company that specializes in research and developing rice products. Rice Roll is one of its main products.
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For the health nut in you.
Looking at the storefront of QQ Rice, I looked at my friend with a confounded expression. She wanted to buy this for lunch, I couldn’t for my life understand why. It looked plain, bland, and boring to me. Oh, the thoughts of an uncultured swine.
One can choose what type of rice base, and what ingredients you want before they wrap it tightly into a rice roll for you. Initially, I was disappointed when I saw the small rice ball the lady handed to me-I thought that it was not going to fill me up. Thankfully, I was wrong. Due to how tightly they pack the rice, the entire rice ball was enough to last me till dinner!
While I definitely felt like I was eating food that was good for my body, my taste buds were not pleased. Due to there being no sauce, the entire rice ball felt dry and rather boring. Perhaps it was the choice of my ingredients, but for it’s price, I will stick to cai fan.
I love it!
With a variety of rice and ingredients you can choose from, QQ Rice is like the snack version of mixed vegetables rice. They have different types of rice, from brown rice to mixed grain which is five different types of grains/rice together. My mother sometimes cook these rice too and I don't like it. Healthy food are often less tasty.
However, at QQ Rice, I love all their different types of rice and ingredients. QQ Rice is a great choice for busy people as it is really quick and convenient! It is a little too pricey but nonetheless, I still love it. They even have student price and the aunties there are all really friendly!
It stops at their variety...
QQ rice is like the Chinese version of Subway-the way you can choose the type of rice you want and the fillings. There is a good variety of ingredients to choose from and if you're in search for a healthy, balanced snack, this is a good place to go.
However, the taste of their rice and fillings personally put me off. I've tried it 3 times at different outlets and on every occasion, the rice taste stale and terribly bland. The fillings are also very dry and putting everything together just makes the entire meal very dry. You can counter this by asking them to squeeze a lot of sauce into it but well, that really defeats the purpose of choosing it for a healthy meal right?
Lastly, perhaps I'm being oversensitive, but I always feel as if the plastic wrap the rice is rolled in lends the rice an artificial taste during the steaming process.
It's edible, I would say, but the price is really hefty.
Different kind of rice dumplings
When I first saw this stall and saw how the rice was served, I thought of rice dumpling. Only here, they had a lot of variety of rice and more choices of fillings than your rice dumplings. Also, they did not use leaves to wrap your rice.
I finally gave it a try the other day when I was in a hurry and thought this would be a faster way to eat some rice before rushing off for my work. I only remembered I ordered brown rice but could not really remember the fillings I asked for. Anyway, when I was eating the rice roll, I only tasted the brown rice and not much of the fillings. I normally ate more dishes than rice so this definitely did not suit my taste. Also, it was not cheap so I would most likely not try this again.
Delicious Food, but Not Value for $$$
I like QQ Rice's creative fusion of Asian food--by using the traditional Asian diet of rice and dishes and packaging them like a bun (think Char Siew Bao), with the 'dishes' as fillings inside the rice. This is really great for takeaways. The wonderful part is, unlike the traditional Chinese bun where the fillings are fixed, the customer can choose the type of rice and fillings he wants. The customer can choose up to 2 types of rice and 6 types of fillings.
All the rice are whole grains, which means they are more healthy options than our usual white rice. The fillings are divided into 2 sections--vegetarian and non-vegetarian. This is helpful for vegetarians as they do not need to keep asking the staff whether a vegetable filling is pure vegetable or a meat-like filling is mock meat. There are more than 20 fillings to choose from, with some premier fillings costing more.
The end-result, the rice-bun, is very delicious, really yummy. I can't fault the taste--it's fantastic.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the price. Each rice-bun costs approximately $5, and the size of the rice-bun is approximately the same as a small Char Siew Bao, which means it is not filling. As such, I don't consider this value for money.
Other than the rice and fillings, QQ rice also sells puddings and juices.
As the food is great, I will still patronise the store, albeit very infrequently as the value is not there.
Doesn't feel as healthy as it look.
I tried QQ rice twice. It's just like eating your regular mixed vegetables rice rolled into an elongated ball. Though there is a good variety of healthy looking fillings to choose from, I find the overall product too oily. There's always this reddish oil residue at the bottom of the plastic bag and I don't like it. The drinks are also way too sweet.
Oh! And also, the way the rice ball is being packed into the little bag really puts me off. Yes, the friendly staff had had gloves on, but seeing them knead and squeeze the rice ball into the bag really turns my appetite down. The second time I tried, my rice ball had the mould of 4 fingers press at one side. Total turn off. Nope, not going to eat that again.
Great tasting and healthy!
Due to rising number of Singaporeans expressing health concerns, many have taken to eating healthier. No more char kway teow (fried rice noodles, with lard, and cockles) or saturated fat filled laksa, we need healthy, whole grained, high fibre rice rolls!
Hailing from Taiwan, their chains opened in Singapore not too long ago. Judging by their increasing number of outlets dotting the island, I can see that Singaporeans are taking to the food they serve. They offer many varieties of toppings to be filled into the rice rolls. There is also about 5-6 varieties of rice to choose from, and vegetarian fillings too! The rice rolls are made on the spot, ensuring freshness and tastiness of the food.
It is surprisingly very filling for such a small item. It is probably due to the fibre from the rice, which increases the feeling of fullness and increases satiety. This might be the next diet route for all we know!
Healthy food which tastes good!
QQ rice serves a variety of rice for one to choose from, ranging from brown rice to just normal wheat rice etc to suit the customer's preferences. After choosing the type of rice, the server would roll the rice into a rice ball before flattening it. Following that, one is allowed to choose from a myriad of ingredient choices, which consists of different meat and vegetable. Upon having chosen up to about 5 ingredients, the rice will be wrapped yet again into a big rice ball.
QQ rice serves food that is healthy and suitable for all. It is probably one of the places where one can enjoy healthy food in such a simple and efficient way. I would recommend this shop to the people who wish to just grab a quick bite, as this would fuel one and provide him or her energy for the rest of the day!
Healthy yummy meal!
First and foremost, I gotta say - I love QQ Rice!
I love the idea of having healthy grains instead of the usual white rice and I love the fact that there are so many ingredients inside one huge dumpling. Although the pricing is a little steep, the tradeoff is that it is a healthy alternative to what we would usually have with about the same amount of money. Instead of spending $5-$6 on fast food, having QQ Rice would be a much healthier option.
There are explanations plastered on the walls/posters in the shop to describe the various benefits of the different types of rice. You can choose two types of rice to mix. My usual is Purple rice and Brown Rice. It is important to find a balance in the dishes you're including in your dumpling so that QQ Rice delivers it's mission - to eat healthily. If most/all your ingredients are meaty kinds, the taste of each meat would overwhelm the other and it would not taste as great.
I am a fan of quick filling meals and when my friend told me about QQ Rice, I went ahead to try. There are a lot of rice colors and don't worry, the colors are not added using any artificial means. They are natural colors from the type of rice it is. For example, brown rice is brown, purple is purple. Nothing surprising there! I guess it's nice to have a change from plain white rice sometimes.
To be honest, the rice balls are not that huge. Good enough for a snack but not good enough for a full complete meal. I ordered the purple rice one as I was curious to how it tasted like. It tasted ok but I got sick halfway through the rice ball. It was a little too sick to be tasting and chewing rice in every bite. Too overwhelming. I could not finish the ball. At $5 for a ball, I felt that I wasted money but I really couldn't bring myself to finish it. It is different from eating plain rice with dishes, this is rice stuck together and rolled.. so it tends to be sticky. I guess it's nice to have 2 or 3 bites but more than that, it would spoil the taste altogether.