When the rice is not so nice

Compiled by John Kang

Rice, the staple food of Hong Kong, goes well with many things. We asked our readers what food, if eaten with rice, would be disgusting? Here are our favourite answers ...

Compiled by John Kang |

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1. Only fit for cows

No matter how great yogurt is, I cannot imagine the pain and suffering of eating it with rice. Simply disgusting.

Bakhita Fung, 14, Island School

2. Gumming up the works

Chewing gum! Imagine chewing a piece of gum with rice stuck all over it. You might be able to chew it, but can't swallow the gum-covered rice ...

Stacey Chan, 15, Christian Alliance International School

3. The bitter fruits

Pears! My mum once served me sweet, golden pears with soy sauce in my rice! It had the most peculiar and horrible taste! Also, the rice stuck to the salty pear, making it taste like goo.

Jessica Leung, 12, St Paul's Convent School

4. Scary combo

Chocolate milk's a sweet delight, but mixed with rice, it's quite a fright! The combo of chocolate milk and rice would definitely be high up on the list of bad combinations.

Tinaz Mirza, 16, South Island School

5. Skittles? Scat!

I absolutely adore Skittles, but if I were to eat them with rice, I probably wouldn't survive half a spoonful. Imagine white bits sticking out of rainbow colours ... Ew!

Anushka Purohit, 15, Renaissance College Hong Kong

6. Desert this dessert

When the topic is tasty food, "dessert" is the first word that comes to my mind. There are lots of delicious desserts, but the tiramisu is the most sickening food if eaten with mushy rice, which will then turn into a syrupy bolus in my mouth. The texture is really undesirable and unappealing! It'll make you crave for tea to dilute the ghastly taste! This is why dessert comes after the main course!

Yiu Yu-lok, 16, South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School

7. Chocoholics, go away!

I love chocolate, but I can't imagine having it with rice! Rice goes well with food that doesn't melt, like meat or vegetables, but it'll just taste weird when it's eaten with chocolate!

Regina Cheng, 16, Cheung Chuk Shan College

8. OJ not OK

Mango jellies work well with rice, but I don't think orange juice would ... Just thinking about it makes my mouth cringe!

Minnie Yip, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

9. The grape escape

I don't think rice with grapes sounds too good, and I absolutely love grapes! I think it'll taste like some strange, foreign dessert.

Joy Pamnani, 16, PLK Ngan Po Ling College

10. As bad as salmonella

Everyone loves Nutella, and it's great with toast, but not with rice ...

Liam Fung, 13, Chinese International School

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