Unit 6, 2280 Carling Ave
Foods from Rice Pea
Hot and Sour Soup
We tried the
N02 Hot Oil Topped Handmade Noodle
(bottom right in pic) for the first time and it was super tasty, although I found the garlic to be over the top for my taste. The star dish for me here continues to be the cold
E01 Steamed Noodle in Chili Sauce
(top left). Incredibly delightful stuff!
F05 Pork Bone Stewed with Nappa Cabbage
(top right) was interesting and quite light tasting. However, it was really hard to get any meat off the bone, so it was more of a broth with cabbage (and glass noodles) than a stew.
D09 Deep Fried Basa with Pepper Salt
(bottom left) was massive and tasty, but it had a high batter-to-fish ratio and seemed to be loaded with MSG. Best eaten in small doses rather than wolfed down like I did. ;-)
2014 Aug 19
Salt and Pepper Squid, Deep Fried Dumplings with Peanut sauce and Hot Home-Made Noodles.
All goo .... especially the noodles.
2014 Aug 18
Here's a fascinating read on Xi'an food, from one of my favourite food blogs:
We are truly fortunate in Ottawa to have a gem like Rice Pea!
2014 Aug 15
I finally checked out Rice Pea earlier this week and was very impressed. We had looked at other reviews before going to get some tips on what to order, and we were not steered wrong. The "hot oil topped on handmade noodle" was my favorite dish. It wasn't as spicy as I thought it might be but had a really nice balanced flavour. We also really enjoyed the fried napa cabbage and fungus with dark vinegar. My husband tried the pork dumplings in hot peanut sauce and said the sauce was delicious.
The service was mostly fine, with a few minor issues. Our rice didn't arrive until we were more than halfway through the meal. Our server seemed friendly but didn't say a single word to us the entire visit, so I suspect she didn't speak English. It wasn't a problem, but it did preclude the possibility of asking questions about some of the more unfamiliar dishes.
Dinner for two with tax and tip came to about $32. I'm looking forward to going back and trying some more dishes!
2014 Apr 18
I forgot to attach the picture for the previous review.
2014 Apr 18
This is my second visit to a Rice Pea. We arrived at 1pm to find the place packed. Luckily, there was one table in the corner waiting for us.
With a bigger group, we got to try several dishes and we were not disappointed. We were not sure what to order because while I am of Chinese descent, this is a very different type of Chinese cuisine. We looked around at other tables and asked what those were. I also read the previous reviews to get some pointers.
- the Chinese pork burger which was essentially pulled pork served in a flattened bao
- a pork belly and nappa soup/stew which came in a rich broth. It was a favourite of everyone.
- fish filets and tofu casserole with nappa and black fungus (the blandest of I'll the dishes still well done)
- Fern root noodles in vinegar and chili oil was simply amazing. It was not very "hot" but the flavours were just perfect. This was the second favourite dish of the party.
- the lamb skewers in chili flakes which were ok. I didn't think it stood out.
- the hot oil topped handmade noodles which became everyone's new favourite dish.
- the Ribs handmade noodle soup which tasted very homemade all around with more of the great handmade noodles.
Overall, everyone (these are my family from Montreal) was wowed by their lunch and asked to come back again at their next visit. I really don't know why I waited so long to come back! I love the fact the food has that homemade feel and taste (not too salty or fried), the service is prompt and unpretentious and the prices are reasonable.
2013 May 17
Awesome! We had the noodles in chili sauce, the lamb skewers, shredded potatoes, chicken wings with cumin, and the monthly special, which we were told was spicy with pork - ok enough of a description, bring it on. Also had the dumplings in chili/soy sauce. The pork and the chicken dishes ended up being similar, but with more cumin in the chicken dish. Both dishes were made with small pieces of meat with lots of small bones. No problem for me, but some people used to Canadian boneless stuff may not be ready to spit out bone bits during supper (which is fine - leave it to the rest of us). Dumplings were really good, sitting in a swimming pool of chili oil and soya sauce. There does seem to be a lot of oil, or at least I chose a lot of dishes with oil. Again, I had no issue with that, it was all tasty. Can't wait to go again.
2012 Nov 29
This is the curd sticks and black fungus dish. A fresh veggie dish. One of the favourite at the table.
2012 Nov 29
Finally went here for dinner. Yes, it's a foodie kind of day: Union Local 613 for lunch and then this for dinner! I am a happy gal!
Sorry for the bad quality of the picture but this was my favourite dish after the handmade rice noodle with chili oil. This is the preserved vegetable egg foo young. It is exactly like my mom makes it!
This place is non pretentious and the food has a homemade quality. My only complaint is that the rice was a bit dry.
2012 Nov 25
Thanks to the other reviews here, went to Rice Pea last night and sampled some interesting and tasty dishes, most of which have been discussed here already. This pic (from my phone, sorry about the quality) is what is listed on the menu as candied sweet potato. Not really sweet potato the way I expected, it is a dessert and it's kind of a wedge fried potato, drenched in hot toffee that hardens to a crunchy coating, sprinkled with sesame seeds. Mouth-burningly hot when they brought it to the table, but so unusual and intriguing. We really loved the taste and the texture and would come back to Rice Pea again just for this dish.
2014 Apr 18
The braised pork ribs noodle soup comes with the same amazing handmade noodles. The pork was fall off the bones and the broth was nice. Definitely recommend. The ribs reminded me of my mom's.
I did try the beef brisket version of this dish and prefer the pork ribs. They are sweater and actually more meaty.
2014 Apr 18
Here is a picture of the "Hot oil topped on handmade noodles". It is delicious. The waitress told us to mix it first and there was an oily sauce (mix of chili oil and soy sauce?) at the bottom. The red powder seems to be chili powder. Everyone really liked this dish! It tasted like dumpling dough.
2012 Nov 21
Here is a nice daytime photo of these delicious noodles. Soooo good!
2012 Oct 25
We opted for the
Steamed Noodle in Chili Sauce
from the "Chef's Specials" menu at the recommendation of our server (we were also considering the "Hot oil topped on handmade noodle" dish).
This dish is not hot in temperature! It's a little spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. If you like Thai noodle salads then you will love this dish! The succulent, wide, flat, tender-chewy noodles are swimming in a tasty chili oil concoction, and they sit between a base of bean sprouts and a garnish of julienned cucumber. This is an addictive food!!
Hot and Sour Soup
I don't normally enjoy hot and sour soup much as I find it overly sweet, bamboo-y, and vinegary, but without much depth. However, I trust Rice Pea and really wanted to give theirs a shot. $3.50 for a generous small bowl.
Super tasty! Not sweet at all, nicely balanced, and all the parts I like. This is the best hot and sour soup I've had.
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