Saturday, June 8, 2013

Aiko QQ Rice @ Pavilion & Just Like It @ 1 Utama

Mall-hopping for snacks, starting at Pavilion's Aiko QQ Rice on the Tokyo Street level.

Aiko offers rice balls that can be customized with nutrient-packed grains, including purple, red or brown rice, some mingled with barley, buckwheat, oats & cereal ...

... then stuffed with selections from a sweeping spread, such as sambal prawns, lobster salad, snow crab legs, unagi kabayaki, baby octopus, chicken bak kwa & more.

Some are prepacked, convenient for on-the-go eating. Tastes reasonably fulfilling too.

Not excessively expensive, with rice balls costing RM7.90 & smaller triangles at RM3.90.

Our other shopping stop supplies us with the sweet stuff: 1 Utama's Just Like It.

The liquid nitrogen ice cream concept here will be familiar to fans of N Brew (formerly at e@Curve, now at Mid Valley) & Pavilion's OMG Ooh My Gas.

Just Like It is located outside 1 Utama's GSC multiplex, so the logical choice here is the popcorn ice cream, laced with real popcorn for a crunch that marvelously complements the ice cream's soft smoothness.

Just Like It's flavors are fun: Rum & Raisin (delicious, despite being liquor-free), Durian & Passionfruit Maraschino might be some highlights. RM9.90 per small cup (which two can share).

Aiko QQ Rice @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Just Like It N2 Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream @ 1 Utama

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22 comments:

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    1. Mr Lonely: grainy goodness =)

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  2. QQ rice sound interesting! Monday I will go and buy some and try. hehehe

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    1. Ck: yaa, next time I think I want to try the rice stuffed with unagi kabayaki! Hope u enjoy it =)

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  3. Onagiri with some local flavours...quite intriguing =)

    Pop me a popcorn ice-cream please...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, i like how there's a fairly high degree of customization for aiko qq. i wouldn't mind trying the sambal prawn or chicken bak kwa flavors someday. convenient snack for a quick bite before heading into pavilion's multiplex. while the popcorn ice cream's a pleasant way to end the night after a visit to 1 utama's multiplex (it only closes at 11pm) :D

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  4. i kinda like aiko cause i always love rice ball. i think aiko is the first in malaysia with customise ingredient option and eat on the go concept.

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    1. Jean: oh yeah, hopefully they do well and we will get to see them at a lot of other shopping malls =)

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  5. Great review, Sean! I find it amazing that you can customize rice. Fantastic!

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    1. Linda: thanks! yeah, heheh, the wonders of modern food technology! love it :D

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  6. Snacks and ice cream... I need to cut down on both...for obvious reasons. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: maybe as a once-a-week treat, hopefully that'll still be cool! =)

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  7. Just Like It looks like a school lab!

    Hmmm the rice balls sounds like a good idea to get me started on rice. The toppings sound brilliant and I think anything with mixed grains and all sounds just right for me.

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    1. Missyblurkit: and the storekeepers are dressed as school lab assistants! =) yeah, the mixed grains are supposed to be the healthy sort. they've got pamphlets here listing the nutritional benefits of these grains in combating various ailments. and it was a tough choice to decide which stuffings/toppings to pick! :D

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  8. I really want to try the ice-cream!! =D

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    1. Chiew Nee: hope you get the chance soon! the ice cream is available at both 1 Utama and cheras leisure mall :D

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  9. Just Like It looks just like a science lab..

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, it would be really cool if our science teachers had taught us in school how to make our own ice cream. i'd enjoy my chemistry classes more :D

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  10. Great..! Something healthy and fun at the same time. The grains are brilliant.

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    1. Sycookies: true, minimal-guilt carbs! And a touch tastier than regular rice too :D

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  11. Nitrogen ice cream in 1U! so near me :D
    I like the idea of using healthy grains and rice too. Makes me feel less guilty eating carbs hahahha~

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    1. TNG: yaaa, actually these days, i'm not a fan of 1U anymore, cos the parking is messy and the mall just feels too big! heheh. but i had to watch a movie there recently :D
      yeps, i sometimes feel guilty about gorging on carbs too. i hope this healthy-grain rice creations inspire others to also try to offer nutritious food =)

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