McDonald’s Red Rice Porridge Review: Good Try But We’ll Stick To KFC’s Chicken Porridge

McDonald’s have a great track record for coming up with new items that taste damn good.

Like their Nasi Lemak burger

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…and their chocolate pie.


So when we heard that they’re having a new item on their breakfast menu, we were kind of excited.

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If you’re like me, someone who takes fast food really seriously, then you’ll know that porridge is the in thing when it comes to breakfast items for fast foods.

KFC’s porridge has been a fan favourite for many, many years. Combine savoury porridge with fried chicken bites and you know you’re good to go.

Then, Long John came up with their own porridge series, and their salmon porridge hit all the right spots.

And finally, McDonald’s has their own porridge to offer to Singaporeans, with a twist.

Introducing McDonald’s New Breakfast Item: The Red Rice Porridge

Made with red rice, shiitake mushrooms, beancurd and sweet potato, McDonald’s promise that the combination of flavours and texture will be out of this world.


So how does it look?

Before we get into the taste, here’s a first look at it.

I’ll be very honest with you. When I first took off the cap of the container, I thought it was red bean soup with corn topping.

Even the consistency seems more like a dessert than a bowl of porridge.

But the smell was savoury.

And that was a major turn off for me. It’s like ice-cream mee pok.

People have went crazy over it, but me? Not a fan. Ice-cream and mee pok should never be mixed together.


But anyway, back to the topic.

So I took a bite of the “porridge”. To be fair, the taste of the various ingredients in the bowl of porridge really go well together.

It tasted like a pretty nice chicken porridge (despite it looking like red bean soup).

Except the texture takes some getting used to.

Unlike normal chicken porridge where the “rice” is soft and easy to mash together, the red rice is a bit harder.

Again, I draw the red bean reference. Biting into the red rice and sweet corn is like biting into clumps of red bean.

You know, where it’s soft inside but the skin is left behind.

So my verdict?

Not a fan.

I’ll give it a 2-star and go back to my KFC porridge.

But still, give it a try. You might like it.

Interesting facts about the red rice porridge

Now, we can’t end it off with just a food review, right? We need to give you some useful information along with it.

And for this article, it’s this: If you can acquire a taste for red rice, you’re on your way to a healthier diet.


According to experts, red rice contains more nutrients than their white rice counterpart and is a low-fat, low-calorie substitute for rice.

Plus, it’s gluten-free.

So if your 2018 resolution is to be healthier, to lose weight or any other health reasons, you might want to give this a shot.

Having said that, yeah, we really can’t complain much because healthy food isn’t supposed to taste good, right? You can’t have the best of both worlds.

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Boon Hun

Boon Hun

Armed with paper and pen, or rather keyboard and the internet, he wants to change the world one word at a time. I guess you could call him a keyboard warrior, except he doesn't troll, honest!
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