Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cook by the box I: Rice Kitchen

March 31-April 1, 2017

In the past two months, we've tried three different services that home-deliver ingredient boxes for home cooking. This week we're running short reviews on our experiences with each one.

We received a complementary trial of the Rice Kitchen Vegetarian Delights Feast thanks to business co-founder Anh (we made friends as food bloggers years ago!). This delivery would normally cost $120 and is intended to cater to six people for one meal. Anh et al. describe their service as a 'DIY dinner party in a box' - it's an elaborate menu that calls for substantial preparation and encourages you to gather together the family or invite some friends over to share.

What we made: soy sauce eggs, tempura eggplant mantou buns, Asian mushroom salad, vegetarian popiah.

  • The website and printed materials are beautiful, and definitely got me excited to cook!
  • They supply all the necessary ingredients except for cooking oil, salt, pepper, some sugar & vinegar
  • Everything tasted terrific! The many sauces and sprinklings were particularly good, and made the meal feel special.


  • While an experienced cook will fare fine, the cooking instructions might not have enough detail for a novice
  • Lots of plastic packaging to dispose of afterwards
  • Due to the pre-made sauces and dressings, I could not reproduce these recipes precisely on my own without further research.

Conclusions: This box is for people who don't enjoy meal planning or shopping but are willing to put effort into cooking and entertaining. It would be a fun introduction to Vietnamese cooking for a newbie who's unsure where to source ingredients.

Next up: a service that's more focused on simple weeknight cooking.


  1. Enjoyed reading the three meal boxes - and nice to hear that Anh is doing some interesting work these days - if her blog is anything to go by, I am the sure the food would be amazing

    1. Hi Johanna - yes, Anh's food is both beautiful and delicious, of course! I was most impressed with the sauces in the delivery.