Woo Ricebox might to unfamiliar to some Singaporeans, but it is actually a well-known brand in Taiwan. Established in 1939 in Taitung, it mainly catered to hungry travelers who took long train rides from Hualien to Taitung. Now, it has come so far since its humble beginnings and has over 200 stores in Taiwan!
The outlet at Jurong Point is its second in Singapore. The flagship outlet is at Ocean Financial Centre has been a popular hit with busy people working in the Cenrral Business District, who like a filling single-portion takeaway option. Also, while it provides for takeout, the food is freshly prepared only upon order.
The main differences between the two outlets are that the snack menu at Jurong Point is more comprehensive and the audience Woo Ricebox at Jurong Point hopes to draw are families.
Did you know that there is a Royal Gong Cha outlet inside the restaurant? It is also managed by Royal T Group, which Woo Ricebox is subsumed under. The concept is to present a one stop shop where patrons can consume both food and drinks originating from Taiwan.
Crispy Wrap ($3.90) and Salt & Pepper Popcorn Chicken ($4.20). It is recommended to eat the wrap as soon as it is served to preserve the crispness of it. As with all the items served, the meat in both dishes were steeped in special marinades imported from Taiwan before cooking.
An improved version of their Fried Sweet Potato ($3.50). Previously it was salted and similar to shoe-string, now it is thick-cut and seasoned with sour plum powder. I found myself unconsciously popping them into my mouth.
Spicy Drumstick Ricebox ($8.90). I really loved the chicken which is a perfect combination of tender, juicy and spicy. You can see that the boxes used by Woo Ricebox are not the typical kind. The restaurant uses customised wooden boxes imported from Taiwan to absorb moisture from the rice to maintain freshness of the food, especially for takeaways.
Lion Head Soup ($4.50). It comes with a gigantic meatball! After eating quite a bit of fried food, I really welcomed the soup which was really delicious and wholesome.
After getting feedback from its customers about wanting more choices of noodles on top of the mee sua already available in the menu, Woo’s Pork Chop Noodles is a new dish that Woo Ricebox is planning to launch in April only at the Jurong Point outlet. Price to be confirmed.
Woo Ricebox @ Jurong Point
1 Jurong West Central 2, #B1-60/61,
Tel: 6316 4468
Opens daily from 1100 to 2200hrs
Nearest MRT Station: Boon Lay Station (East West Line)