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I buy 2-3 of these a week usually in egg fried rice and pilau rice flavour for myself and my boyfriend on offer in Morrison's. They make a great snack as the rice is filling and in my opinion very tasty. I'm not the first person to come out and say I hate cooking rice. I burn the pot, its too hard or too soft, or its just sloppy and starchy if I don't properly drain it. This way I can still get a delicious rice meal but without all the hassle. In fact, speaking of easy rice cooking I'd also like to recommend "Uncle Ben's boil in the bag rice" which is a box of 10 already sized plain rice portions that you pop in a boiling pan for 10 minutes and they're done, but I digress.
To cook I crunch up the contents while the packet is still closed as much as I can. I then slit the two outer sides about an inch or so as directed to do so on the back, and put in the microwave for 2 minutes (this may vary according to your microwave's power setting). I think you can also cook it on the hob if you put in a little bit of water, however I've never tried this so I can't speak from experience. When you take the packet out of the microwave its best to be over cautious and to use a tea towel or something to protect your hands as believe you me, its hot! I almost certainly burn either my hands or my tongue when cooking and eating this, although the latter is more to do with my impatience as you probably should leave it to cool.
Almost every time I've cooked this rice there is always a 'bad' it where a portion of the rice, about a square inch, has burnt or clumped together and I always just throw this away immediately. Its not enough for it to be an issue, but I thought it worthy of note.
I tend to eat a pack of this as a single portion for lunch when I'm feeling lazy, but I've also had it with cajun chicken or curry and think it works quite well. The taste is quite understated, although I still find it very pleasant, it isn't overly eggy or strong. The other flavours are much stronger, particularly the tomato based ones, but this is definitely my favourite as I think its simplicity makes it go better with other foods. You can add whatever you'd like to it to give it a bit more substance, for example sometimes I chop up a bit of spring onion to give it some crunch, but alone it still tastes fine.
My only issue with this rice is its price. Though not ridiculously expensive when bought through a deal, alone it is between £1.50-2. This is simply too much for me to spend on a single snack type meal and unless I'm using it in a bigger meal, I wouldn't like to spend that much for one. The 3 for £3 deal is very reasonable I feel however and much better value for money. You can find them almost anywhere, although you might not be able to get the rarer flavours, but I find it easy to source this particular variety. There is 250g in a single pack.
Overall I would recommend this rice as I think the taste and the quality is good, as is the price when on offer (or if your budget isn't quite as minuscule as mine). You can spread it out amongst a few plates if you have a few packs, and 3 does our house of 5/6 just fine as a side portion along with a meal. Also, as mentioned, it makes a good lunch time meal as its warm and filling, and the variety of flavours means there's something for everyone. The range in particular is a strength of this product. It is cheaper than opting for a takeaway and even more convenient as its right in the cupboard.
I dislike cooking rice immensely. I have never perfected the art of cooking it and have more disasters with it than I care to mention! As terrible as it sounds, I always buy these versions of 'Express' rice. I have had Tescos own version, Co-Op's own version and packs from Uncle Ben's range as well.
This was on offer when I bought it but generally it costs £1.69 for 250g from Tescos or is available at a similar cost from other supermarkets. It comes in a bright orange packet much like the rest of the Uncle Ben's range. It is a soft plastic packet and you can squeeze it and feel the rice inside.
In order to cook the rice you need to cut a 2cm incision in the top of the packet prior to putting it in the microwave. Before going in the microwave I squash the whole packet in case there are any clumps of rice sticking together that would perhaps not come apart all fluffy when it comes out of the pack.
The pack only takes 2 minutes to cook in the microwave which is obviously a huge bonus if you're short on time. When you take the pack out you need to cut across the whole of the top of the pack but be careful with the steam which will escape as it can burn you if you hold your hand there longer than you need to.
You are left with some gorgeous tasting perfectly cooked rice which is extremely flavoursome. The texture to me is good, it is fluffy and loose without being soft and claggy. With this being egg fried rice you can see little chunks of egg and taste it quite clearly as well. There are other herbs and spices in there and the taste of it is really nice. I like salty foods and to me the salt level is good but that means it might taste too salty for other people.
For a very quick fix this is a really tasty product that you can have as part of a main meal or added to something where you need a bit of rice. It isn't as healthy as making your own rice but it isn't intended to be healthy. It is a convenience food and should be treated as one. I personally enjoy them and would recommend them to others.
Uncle Ben's express egg fried rice
Uncle ben's do a variety of products mainly being ready made cooking sauces, rice (boxed and boil in a bag) and their side dishes. Uncle Ben's is the number one rice brand in America. They are renowned for making food convenient for the consumer. Their products are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Uncle Ben's products are manufactured by Mars Food US.
As a big fan of Chinese cuisine, when I found out that Uncle Ben's had brought out a new express egg fried rice which would be cooked in 2 minutes I was delighted. At the supermarket was when the products downfalls began to show. All of the Uncle Ben's express products are all in the iconic orange packets with little difference between the different products. This would make it hard if you were in a rush as you would have to stand on the aisle for a good couple of minutes to find the packet you would like.
The egg fried rice comes in 250g bags and they are recommended for 1-2 people. They are easy to cook as you simply tear one side of the packet and cook in the microwave for between 1.5 minutes and 2 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. If you do not have a microwave then that is not a problem for this product as you may cook it in a frying pan with 2 tbsp. of water and leave to simmer for 3 minutes. This has to be one of the only advantages of the product that it can be ready in a short period of time.
The rice is made up of only natural ingredients but the calorie content I think is quite a lot at 410 kcals per packet. This is 20% of an adult's daily intake and that is before you have the rest of your meal added to it. On the other hand, they do not contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
The flavour of the rice tastes nothing like any fried rice I have had before, I cannot stand the taste of this product at all which was a massive let down for me as I am far from a fussy eater! Even with sauce covering the rice the unpleasant taste still manages to come through any sauce I try with it!
I would therefore not recommend this product unless you are merely after efficiency therefore I award this product 1 star.
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I am a huge fan of Chinese food, and one of my favourite side dishes is egg fried rice. This is because I find it tasty and it accompanies various foods extremely well. When Uncle Ben released their microwaveable rice packets, I was quick to try out a number of them, and obviously I opted for egg fried rice first as it is my favourite type. I have had previous experience with Uncle Ben's non microwaveable foods and have always been impressed with the quality so I was hoping for the same from these.
These packets of rice are available in most supermarkets and food stores, and I picked mine up from ASDA. I got mine for £1.00 which is an okay price I suppose, but I have seen this in other retailers for around the £1.80 mark which I think is ridiculous for just one serving of rice. You can buy packets of rice and boil in the bag for half the price and you get a good few uses. The price was a put off, however I thought these would be great for lunch time snacks, and I wouldn't be frequently eating them so I went ahead and paid the price - more so for the convenience.
As you can see from the image, it comes in an orange pack and when you purchase it make sure you pick up the right flavour as it is sometimes difficult to distinguish them all as they look fairly similar, and there have been a few times when I've come home with the wrong ones. To cook these, you only need to tear open the packet by a centimetre or two, and you instantly begin to smell the rice. To be honest it did not smell pleasant, but I was hoping that when it was cooked it might be a bit more yummy. As far as being easy to make goes, this is fantastic. All you do is tear the packet a little, stand it up in the microwave and wait for two minutes. Simple, easy and great for people who are often on the go like me. I have to say it is a convenient option, and this is probably why they can put the prices so high on these, but if you are in a rush it does mean you can get some good nourishment without having to wait over the hob for some rice to cook.
Once my rice had finished cooking, I opened up the packet to empty the contents out into a bowl. Make sure before you put the rice in the microwave that you squeeze it around a little to break apart the rice so it is not clumpy, and this will make it much nicer when finished. The first thing I noticed was the horrendous smell. It sounds ridiculous but the smell really put me off it as it is strong and pungent. The rice itself looked fairly nice, the egg looked rubbery but it was a microwave meal. So how did it taste...?
The taste of this is not particularly great to be honest, I'd much rather make my own egg fried rice or purchase it from the Chinese because this tastes nothing like the usual stuff I have. Although it is fairly flavourful for simple egg fried rice, there is not a great deal of egg and the texture of this is not pleasant as it is quite rubbery. There are sesame oils and oriental spices added to this which means you do get flavour, but when it comes to egg fried rice I'd much prefer the egg to stand out more which I was disappointed with. It does not taste awful, I'm just no so sure I would personally pick it myself.
The bag contains a 250 gram portion which is a perfect size for a lunch time treat, and I sometimes accompany this with main meals however I find that 250 grams is too much for me with something else, so I sometimes share it with others. You do get a generous portion and for a simple bag of rice it is fairly filling which is also good.
Unfortunately I would not recommend this rice to others as it simply does not taste like egg fried rice should! It is too rubbery and the smell just puts me off it completely. The price is far too high for what this is so I would just avoid this one if I was you! Thanks for reading.
I absolutely love rice. I have to say, its rare for me to buy Uncle Bens rice... this has nothing to do with the quality, as the quality is very good. Its all about prices for me these days. Therefore I usually now stick to buying Supermarkets own brand quick cook long grain rices.
However, every now and again I will buy Savoury type packet rices and my partner often buys the Uncle Bens express rices. He tells me that the reason he does this is because he is no good at cooking rice! This means that whenever I'm at his it is either a case of me making the rice or us eating Uncle Bens Express rices.
In regard to Uncle Bens Express Egg Fried rice; I have to say, it really is good; and well, talk about easy to cook. It couldn't be easier. All you need to do is tear the top off the bag, so its slightly open; pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and voila.... Its cooked!!
You can also cook it in boiling water, which takes 3 minutes simmering; but microwaving it is easier.
I like the packaging on this product. Its in a thick plastic type packet The colouring is mainly orange/yellows. There is a picture of a bowl of the Egg fried rice with a pair of chopsticks on the side of the bowl of rice. There is a picture of what looks like a sort of Chinese temple in the corner; so the packaging is sort of oriental, going in line with what the product is.
Each packet has 250g contents. I would say that this is just about enough for 2 people. In saying that, I usually like to have a lot of rice and so I think it would be better if there were slightly more.
Uncle Bens state that their rice is 'Perfect every time' which I have to admit, it really is. There are some great flavours which come out in this Egg Fried Rice; You can taste a hint of garlic and ginger and all the spices and ingredients combined form a wonderful flavoured rice. There are small bits of the egg in the rice and in my view, this is a very decent egg fried rice.
You could have this rice with loads of different meats and fish. It doesn't just have to be used when you eat Chinese food for example. It would go well with Pork , Beef and Chicken (Probably cooked in slices or chopped small). Myself and my partner eat the rice with Pork or Beef usually.
Steamed long grain rice (81%)
Egg scrambled (whole egg, whole milk, water, rapseed oil, cornflour, lemon juice concentrate, salt, white pepper (9%)
Toasted sesame oil
Roasted Onion paste (onions, sunflower oil, salt)
*There are no Artificial colours, flavours or preservatives in this product*
There are 123 kcals in each 125g serving
*No allergy advice is given concerning the product but it would be a no, no for anyone with egg/milk allergy*.
There are loads of other varieties available ;
Tomato & Basil
Special Fried Rice
Wholegrain Mediterranean Vegetable
Long Grain wild Rice
Basmati & Thai
I intend trying some of the above! I particularly like the sound of The Tandoori and Tomato & Basil varieties.
Uncles Bens Express Rices usually cost around £1.70 each. I really think this is quite expensive. However, Tesco currently have a good deal on where you can buy 3 x 250g packets for £3.00 mix & match.
I certainly recommend you try this rice out; its quick to cook, tastes great and currently on special offer. So, what are you waiting for!!
I was tempted into trying this microwaveable rice as I get very frustrated by how long it takes to cook 'normal' rice, and as I really love rice and can happily eat it on its own as a meal, anything that gets me my rice fix sooner has to be a good thing!
The rice comes in a 250g pouch, which is a little annoying as I find that 250g is a bit too much rice for one person, especially if you are adding meat, fish or veg, but not quite enough for two people unless you add lots and lots of meat, fish or veg! I would prefer for this product to be available in 150 or 200g packs as that seems to make more sense!
Its incredibly easy to prepare the rice, you just rip a small opening in the top of the pack, stick it in the microwave for 2 minutes and voila, instant rice! Sometimes the rice is all clumped up into a big block in the packet and if it is don't forget to break it all up before it goes in the microwave or it will stay clumpy as it cooks, it'll still taste the same but its a bit annoying!
As for the taste, well I have to admit it isn't as nice as the egg friend rice you'd get from a good chinese takeaway, however it does have slightly less calories and you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home!
I'd recommend that if you find the taste of this rice to be not too unpleasant, keep a couple of packets in the house for if you're ever feeling lazy, you'll be glad of it after a long day! Its often on special offer such as 4 for £3 or similar so I tend to stock up when there's a good deal.
I usually keep a few of the Uncle Ben's Express rice packs of various flavours in the cupboard as a quick addition to dinner when I've been working late and/or can't be bothered to do real cooking. My other half is a rice-fiend and would eat it everyday if that wouldn't kill me with boredom, but we still have rice about three times a week, and I find these packs an easy way to ring the changes.
However, this flavour is probably my least favourite out of those tried so far.
Nutritionally it's ok, contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and it's suitable for vegetarians. If you are watching your weight you might want to share a pack rather than eat a whole one yourself, as the calories add up, and there is more in the pack than you expect.
Simple as anything to cook. Before cooking, use and abuse the rice by bashing it around a bit to separate the grains. Then tear a small slit in the top of the pack, stand it in your microwave, and off you go.
I have found I needed to experiment a little with the time for my microwave. If you don't do it long enough, the rice is still hard. If you do it too long, the rice sticks together in a congealed lump at the bottom. Although they recommend 2 minutes, I've found 1minute 50 secs to be just perfect for one pack, and 2 minutes 20 secs just right for two packs. Tip out and fluff up with a fork.
So what does it taste like?
Not much like any other egg fried rice. There is very little egg and no noticeable veg apart from a sprinkling of chives. I'm used to having, say, ginger, spring onion and peas in egg fried rice, at least. So it looks and tastes a bit boringso you need to zing it up with some Soy sauce or similar. The picture on the pack shows it served as if it were Chinese style - bowl and chopsticks - but as it comes from the pack, it isn't.
The rice itself is nice enough if cooked right. It is moist and quite more-ish. It's just far too plain.
If you've tried this one and not liked it, don't be put off the rest of the range as some of the others are really tasty.
I bought Uncle Ben's Express Egg Fried Rice for the first time last week. I usually buy Tesco's own, which comes in a plastic tub from the chilled cabinet, but for some reason, that is no longer available online!
Uncle Ben's rice comes in a very bright orange plastic pouch. There is a close-up picture of a bowl of egg fried rice and the lettering on the packaging, is in dark blue and white.
The rice is very quick and easy to cook in a microwave. All you have to do is rip open the top of the pouch by about an inch and pop it in the microwave. It takes two minutes to cook, at full power. After fully opening the pouch and pouring the contents out, you are faced with a dish of steaming hot rice, which does look appetising.
The rice is an off white colour and you can definitely see and smell the pieces of egg mixed though it. There is also the mouth watering aroma of oriental spices. Although you can also see tiny pieces of chives, I would have liked these to have been larger and for there to have been a more generous quantity. It would have been even better if instead of chives, we could have had spring onions, which you do find in the Tesco variety. I absolutely love the taste of spring onion!
This rice is tasty, but not outstanding in any way. You can definitely taste the egg, with is nice and fresh in flavour. The oriental spices give it that little bit extra kick, but not quite enough. In fact that is where this product is at fault. Although the rice is perfectly cooked and the ingredients list sounds good, there are just not enough of these added ingredients, to make this rice really special. Uncle Ben's do seem to have held back and have been rather mean, so although this rice is nice, I wouldn't run out to buy it again.
I will only buy it again, if I cannot find my favourite Tesco's own variety.
*Nutritional Value Per 125g Portion*
Energy - 203 kcal
Protein - 5.0g
Carbohydrate - 36.6g
of which sugars - 1.0g
Fat - 4.1g
of which saturates - 0.6g
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - 0.38g
Salt Equivalent - 0.97g
This product has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.
Uncle Ben's Express Egg Fried Rice is available from Tesco in the following:
250g pack - £1.48 ( on special at 3 for £3 until the 4th May )
400g pack - £2.65
I bought 3 of the 250g pouches and this was a perfect amount for the 5 of us. We had this alongside, diced Quorn, placed on skewers and covered in a sticky sauce, which was then baked in the oven. This rice did go well with this and we enjoyed our meal.
This variety of Uncle Ben's rice, could do with some improving, but it is very handy to keep in your store cupboard. I will however, be keeping my eyes peeled for something better next time.
4 stars from me.
Uncle Ben's Express Egg Fried Rice
Uncle Ben's (UB) have produced a range of express rice in various flavours. These are designed to be quick and easy to prepare in the microwave or on the hob and to accompany a main meal. Below is information on the Egg Fried Rice variety which UB describe as being *steamed long grain rice with egg, sesame oil and oriental spices.
UB have packaged their express rice into an orange plastic pouch which can be recycled. The front has the UB logo, the name of the rice, nutritional information, important claims and a lovely picture of the finished article as a serving suggestion, The back has simple worded and imaged pictures of how to prepare and cook the rice, nutritional breakdown, ingredients and details of the company satisfaction guidelines as well as how to contact UB direct,
As I have said, UB rice can be popped in the microwave or on the hob.
To microwave :
- squeeze the pouch to separate the rice
- tear a 2cm cut at the opening to vent
- pop in the microwave for 2mins
To cook on hob :
- boil 30ml of water
- add contents of pouch
- simmer for 3mins
Be extra careful if you are using the microwave as the outer packet becomes very hot!
Steamed Long Grain Rice (81%) , Egg Scrambled (Whole Egg, Whole Milk, Water, Rapeseed Oil, Cornflour, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Salt, White Pepper) (9%) , Onions , Toasted Sesame Oil , Garlic , Onion Powder , Chives , Ginger , Salt , Roasted Onion Paste (Onions, Sunflower Oil, Salt) , Sunflower Oil , Yeast Extract , Spices .
Suitable for vegetarians.
Free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
Half a pouch contains :
0.6g saturated fat
There is a wide variety of choice in the Express Rice range which includes :
- Savoury Rice
- Pilau Rice and more
*Company Details and Promises*
Uncle Bens say that if you are not satisfied with your purchase you can contact them :
Mars Food UK Ltd
0800 952 1234
*Availability and Price*
250g UB Express Rice are available in the pasta and noodles section of supermarkets.
Asda current price is £1.48 or 3 for £3 mix and match across the range.
Uncle Ben's Rice has been a cupboard regular of our household for quite a few years..the reason why? It is tasty, reasonable priced, quick to prepare and goes with many meals as an added extra! I picked up 3 different varieties on offer in Asda this week and as I was having my chicken sizzler, I opted for the egg fried rice to go with my meal.
The packaging is very distinctive of UB being a bright orange colour and has all the necessary details. Preparing is so simple that even a terrible cook like me can make this no problem! I opt for microwave cooking as 2mins and no additional washing up is required. The rice looks how you would expect and is strikingly like the rice you would get from a Chinese takeaway. It is an off white colour, lots of eggy pieces and smells quite eggy as well! Once cooked, the rice is quite moist and comes out the pouch effortlessly.
The taste is lovely, the rice isn't dry even on its own and is wonderfully tasty mixed with other foods. I use this with my chicken sizzler which is similar to stirfry though you can use it for curry of any sorts, with pizza or what ever you fancy!
The price is ok though I do normally just stock up when on offer. I will review other varieties once I have tried them again!
Thanks for reading!
What has happened to us, if we need to buy convenience rice these days. Is it too much hassle to buy normal rice and then wait twenty minutes for it to come to the boil. It would appear so, as people have been buying the Uncle Ben range for years. I know my brother is a big fan of microwave rice, using it for quick energy bursts when he is about to go out for a power run. I don't usually buy it, but I was given a couple of bags of it the other week, so thought I may as well eat them.
You can buy a few varieties of this stuff, the egg fried one is a safe bet if you want a standard rice to go with a curry or a stew. Priding itself on adding no artificial ingredients, the rice is thus free from colours and preservatives which is a bonus. Cooking it is simple enough. You literally shove it into a microwave for a couple of minutes and it comes out ready to eat. I left mine to stand for a minute just to ensure that it was cooked through.
The rice comes out squidgy and soft with an eggy smell about it. Not a rotten egg smell, but powerful enough to remind you that there is egg in it. The taste is alright actually, with an egg flavour riding on the undercurrents of the rice. Obviously it tastes of rice, but my one criticism was that it didn't taste as authentic as the rice I do myself. Usually i do my own Basmati rice on the hob, which I get to perfection. This one was maybe a little too soft and puffy, plus towards the end it was becoming sicklyish. It would suffice as a snack I guess, but for £1.50 you could just buy a bigger bag of regular rice. At an estimate this pack would do for one or two people.
I'm always looking for a cheaper alternative to take out food and Uncle Ben's egg fried rice is also quick and very easy to make.
It comes in a 250g orange plastic pouch which has the Uncle Ben's logo on it. You can buy a packet for around £1.50, but these are also occasionally on offer - I bought three packets for £3.50 in Tesco's.
To cook the rice you literally open the pouch and place it into the microwave for two minutes, it's then ready to eat. You can also simmer the rice in a few tablespoons of water, but you pay for convenience with this product, so it seems silly to use a pan (which you then want to wash) when you can place it in the microwave and cook the rice in a matter of minutes.
Each 125g portion (which is half a pack) contains 218 calories and 5.6g fat, so it is relatively low in calories compared to portions of egg fried rice that you buy at the takeaway.
The rice has a nice consistency - it isn't too dry or soggy - it's just right. You can smell the egg when you put the rice on the plate. You can see steam coming off the rice when you put it on the plate (so it's obviously very warm). It is a beige colour and you can see the piece of egg within it.
I think this tastes nice - you can taste the egg in the rice and it is similar to a product you'd purchase from a takeout (although admittedly it's not quite as tasty).
I will purchase this product again - it's a good, cheaper alternative to takeout egg fried rice and it tastes nice with Chinese sauces. It's also nice and easy to prepare - it doesn't take much effort - it's almost as easy as making an order at the local Chinese!
Four out of five stars.
Egg fried rice is something that my mum makes really really well, being chinese..so when it comes to standards of egg fried rice... well the quality has to be tip top.
I bought this when I was in uni and needed to have some instant meals stocked up in my cupboards for those very lazy and most probably hungover days. With this Uncle Bens Express Egg Fried Rice, you simply pop it in the microwave and its pretty much ready just like that.
My first expression was that this stuff absolutely stank! The look of the rice looked abit mushy and the ingredients looked abit bland and not very appetizing at all. Nonetheless of course I tried it.
The texture tasted how it looked, the rice was far too soft for my liking, the flavour was ok but thats only if you blocked out the smell. I actually had to hold my nose while eating this as the smell was just so strong. The smell was kind of like a strong eggy (not in a good way) mixed with staleness. When my mum makes egg fried rice, you always smell the aroma of the rather enticing ingredients she uses.
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this product and will not be buying this again and will not be recommending it either. I think the flavour is ok, but the one thing that really does ruin it for me is the smell. Im used to eating egg fried rice with a very tempting smell. The texture of the rice was quite mushy which made the rice soft and a little difficult to enjoy.
I think there are many elements Uncle Bens´could actually improve on when it comes to this product. Sorry but this is the one of the worst egg freid rices Iv ever had.
I like to cook Chinese meals at home rather than go to the take away but one thing Mr Lools and I do miss is egg fried rice. I can make my own egg fried rice but in my current heavily pregnant state I can't be bothered! So I was very pleased to find Uncle Ben's Express egg fried rice.
The Uncle Ben's Egg Fried Express Rice is in similar packaging to other rice from the Uncle Ben's express rice range. This is a bright orange 250g pouch with the Uncle Ben's logo on the front.
Egg Fried is written on the front of the packaging, in addition to an image of the rice .
The cooking instructions are on the packaging. You can cook in the microwave on full power (750W) for 2 minutes. The rice is cooked in the pouch all you need to do is open a slight slit on the top of the packaging. This is very easy and convenient and it means that you do not have any additional bowls or washing up to do.
You can also boil the rice in a small amount of water (about 3tbsp) and let it simmer for about 3 minutes. The rice absorbs all of the water and it ready to eat. I think this is fiddlier and this defeats the object of this being a "convenience" food.
Per 250g pack this is £1.59 in Asda. I think that this is relatively expensive for a rice product as each pack provides two portions or three very small portions. But this is a "convenience" product which in general are usually more expensive. If you are on a budget this is not the product for you especially if you are planning on serving to more than two people.
Tesco currently have a special offer on Uncle Ben's Express Rice. Offering 3 packets for £3.50.
***Uncle Ben's Express Egg Fried Rice***
When you open the pack the Egg Fried Rice smells less than delicious. It has a very very strong eggy smell. I hate the smell of egg so am biased but this is not a pleasant scent.
The appearance of the rice is not as off putting. The rice is plump and fluffy. It is a light beige colour with light yellow pieces of egg within.
The taste of the rice is pleasant but not outstanding. It is simply average and much plainer tasting than the other rice products from the Uncle Ben's Express range. The Egg Fried Rice has a savoury taste to it. I do not like salty food but I think the rice is very bland tasting and would benefit from a more salty flavour. The egg pieces are bland tasting probably blander than what you would get from a Chinese take away.
The texture of the Express Egg Fried rice is just right for my tastes. It is soft yet still reasonably firm without tasting under cooked. The rice is very dry however and less moist than other rice from Uncle Bens.
Per 125g portion (half pack)
The rice contains no artificial colours flavours or preservatives
For an egg fried rice this is relatively low fat and low calorie however for those with larger appetites half a pack may be too small off a portion if eating along side a meal. For those with larger appetites I would recommend a 250g portion which is obviously makes the rice slightly less attractive to the waistline.
This is by no means a "poor" egg fried rice, simply average however in comparison to the other rice products from the Uncle Bens range it is below average. Although heavily fragrant the taste of the rice is quite bland and the rice does not have a strong flavour to it. The texture of the rice is acceptable it is neither too hard nor soft but the rice is quite dry. Therefore it is essential you are eating this alongside a sauce.
An average rice but very convenient to accompany home cooked Chinese meals.
Uncle Bens Express Fried Rice comes in a bright but pleasant orange and yellow package that is easy to open, making the rice easy to serve. There's a nice picture of what the product looks like on the front but it is a shame it doesn't really look like that.
The rice microwaves in 1 minute, making it a great small meal or side dish if you don't have much time.
The product is 250g and there are no artificial colours or preservatives. The directions on how to cook in the microwave and pan are plainly explained on the back along with the nutrition and ingredients.
Per 125g, half a pack
1.0g saturated fat
All in all this is quite a healthy side dish to have.
After cooking the rice is a bland grey colour with a few green bits dotted about.
The texture is a nice, smooth but slightly wet feeling but not in a bad way. It makes the rice easy to eat without making your mouth feel dry.
It is not massivly flavoursome so I would reccomend adding some other ingredient to it to give it a bit more of a kick but it is pleasant enough on it's own.
You could easily eat this product for lunch with a bit of curry, it would be great to warm you up in the cold Winter months but I ate it on it's own.
For a small meal it is quite filling and very warming due to the small sprinkle of spice in the ingredients. As I eat there's a nice tingly feeling in my mounth from the spice but most other people wouldn't notice it.
Uncle Ben's is probably the best microwavable rice out there! Egg Fried is my favourite and this tastes so much healthier than the normal take away rice! I have been buying different flavours of these for quite a while now and I have been very impressed so far. I only buy Uncle Ben's because they were recommended to me by another family member and I don't think I would choose something different now.
Uncle Ben's express rice comes in a distinctive orange 250g sachet with a bowl of rice on the front and many different fonts and information. On the back of the pack there is cooking information and nutritional information!
These are usually on offer 3 for £3.00, each sachet serving two people so this is not too bad. Obviously the supermarket brands are cheaper but you are paying for quality here.
This is basically lovely steamed long grain rice with egg, sesame oil and oriental spices. This really is quite authentic, the egg taste is not too strong and you don't have the problem where the rice is sticky, it comes out without a problem. It smells good and tastes soft and yummy!
Per 125g portion there is 203 kcal which is quite a lot (probably the only down fall) and 4.1g of fat. This is not too unhealthy but I suppose this could be better.
To cook it all you have to do is squeeze the pouch to separate the rice, tear a 2cm opening in one side to create a vent and heat it for 2 minutes at 700W.
I would rate this product 5/5 because it so good quality and I love the way it is so loose and different!
Oriental style rice with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.