World Square is buzzing with news. New food options such as Neil Perry's Burger Project, QQ Rice, Johnny’s Fruit Factory and Gazzi Bar & Café have all just opened up.
We were keen to try the infamous Burger Project, but the lunchtime queue for Neil Perry's burgers was unbelievably long. We gave up hope and decided to seek our feed elsewhere.
QQ Rice - The Rice Magician opened on the same day as Burger Project and there were celebratory floral bouquets everywhere near this small fast food kiosk, which is located on the lower ground floor of World Square Shopping Center, near the Coles supermarket.
QQ Rice specialise in custom made rice balls that deliver many health benefits. The concept is based on 'meal in a palm' which originated from Taiwan.
The idea is similar to constructing a sandwich, instead of bread though, you get to select your choice of rice. There are six different types of healthy rice to pick from: embryo brown rice, red rice, multi wheat rice, purple rice and multi grain rice. Each rice has different health benefits to help boost the immune system and general well-being.
You can either choose from the set menu, or you can make your own rice rolls by selecting five fillings out of the 40 varieties. The most popular fillings are braised pork, cracking roast pork, fish fingers, spring roll, bacon, dried pull-pork floss and kimchi, pickles, to name but a few. There are endless combination and permutation possibilities.
The "rice magicians" wear gloves and place the steaming, healthy rice onto a plastic sheet and then place your selected five ingredients on top before wrapping it into an oval-shaped roll.
As a first-timer, it was a bit daunting with so many choices and possibilities, so I played safe and selected one of their signature QQ rice balls - a roast pork roll ($6.00). I chose the purple rice as the base and it contained roast pork, braised mince meat, cucumber, carrot and strips of egg.
The purple rice was soft and slightly chewy, with the different fillings each creating different textures in the mouth. The rice ball may look small, but it is actually quite filling and you won't feel bloated, or fall into a food coma afterward.
QQ Rice advertised that their high-fiber rice contains B-Vitamins, Vitamin E, dietary fibre and can assist in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.
It is a great, filling, inexpensive meal choice to help manage weight-loss and maintain a healthy digestive system.
Where: Lower ground floor, World Square Shopping Centre, 644 George Street, Sydney.
When: Open every day from 11am - 6pm.
Good for kids: Yes.
Take away: Yes.