Unit 6, 2280 Carling Ave
613-828-8988

Rice Pea
Hot and Sour Soup at Rice Pea
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Handmade Noodles at Rice Pea
Handmade Noodles at Rice Pea
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Handmade Noodles at Rice Pea
Handmade Noodles at Rice Pea
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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.

2012 Nov 21
The fern root noodles were most delicious, as Captain Caper surmised. They differ from the handmade noodles in chili oil by having less garlic and more of a sweet/sour flavour. Highly recommended!

We also had the sesame crispy beef and that was just okay. Again, stick with the stuff you *don't* see in other Chinese restaurants and you will do great here.

2012 Oct 25
We were quite thrilled with our visit to Rice Pea restaurant on a Saturday night. We arrived at 8 pm and were immediately seated without a reservation (earlier would have meant a wait for sure). Our server was friendly and happy to offer her opinions to help us decide on dishes. We were especially thankful for her recommendation of the phenomenal steamed noodle dish!

Here's what we had:

Skewered BBQ Lamb (spicy) - these are tasty meaty skewers indeed. Highly recommended!
Steamed Noodle in Chili Sauce - amazing... see comment under Handmade Noodles
Kung Pao Shrimp - tasty and generously filled with shrimp, but a bit boring (as one might expect from the more "Canadian" part of the menu).
Stir-fried Nappa and black fungus with dark vinegar - very tasty veg dish! Nicely balanced and a good counterpoint to meaty dishes.

I can't wait to go back! I'd recommend sticking to the more authentic Xi'an dishes (presumably these would be the ones you don't recognize from Cantonese and Chinese-Canadian restaurants). And for goodness sake, try those steamed noodles in chili sauce!!

2012 Mar 29
Here is the salt and pepper squid. Nicely battered. Not too oily. Not rubbery. Quite tender and tasty. The toasted chopped chili's and diced vegetables was BANG ON !

In the background are 2 out of 3 lamb skewers. A hit at every other table in there. The other popular item seemed to be the fresh noodles served in what looked like a large ice-cream sundae bowl.

I gotta go back and some some more chef specials. Being the only Caucasian person in the packed restaurant, speaks volumes.


2012 Mar 29
This is the sesame beef. I should have got the fern root noodles instead. The beef was really good but the couple slurping back the jet black chili oiled noodles looked OH-WOW.


2012 Mar 8
Stir-fried potatoes, peppers and eggplant.

2012 Mar 8
I'm quite conflicted about writing a review for Rice Pea. It was rather busy when I was there and there aren't many tables; the service can be slow and if you don't live in the area, it's a bit of a schlep to get to. If people like this review and decide to go there, it will make it harder for me to nab a table and treat myself to Shaanxi-style food.

Lamb (a meat not often associated with Cantonese or Westernised Chinese food) is available on grilled skewers. Order it! If your sinuses don't feel anything when eating it, then you forgot to ask for it to be served spicy.

Burgers and Chinese food are oxymorons, right? Wrong! They serve both lamb burgers and pork burgers. The lamb burgers are spiced with cumin and served with scallions and other goodies. You could share one between two people, but that means that you have to share it with someone else. Selfishness isn't always a bad thing... Next time I'll simply order one of each (my mother taught me to share).

Stir-fried potato, green pepper and eggplant is pure comfort food. The only less-than-good thing I can say is that it is a dish best shared among a larger table of people to be used as a side dish - it's a bit too heavy and greasy to be eaten as a full-on main dish.

My raison d'etre for going to Rice Pea is because when I was Xi'an, I had the local specialty of handmade wide noodles with hot chili oil, scallions and garlic. It isn't a complicated dish as such and it was one of the best dishes I've ever eaten. When I came home, I couldn't find the same dish anywhere. There is restaurant in Montreal (Maison du Nord) which serves lamb burgers, amazing dumplings and a similar noodle dish, but the noodles just weren't the same (which doesn't mean that I won't go there every time I get the chance). The only other place I know for these noodles is Xi'an Famous Foods but New York is just a bit out of the way. Who would have thought that Ottawa would have what I was looking for?

I think I saw a few generic dishes on the menu and if you order these you are not only propagating the stereotype that Canadians eat bad North American Chinese food, but you are depriving yourself of the opportunity to try unique food that can transport you to China for an evening.

Please don't interpret this review as a reason to go eat here, I don't need the competition for a table.

2012 Feb 29
Went here tonight - bustling place, family friendly, pretty tight but well worth it. Everyone here is really friendly, including the diners - this place has a real community feel to it when it's busy, not quite sure how else to put it. I had the stir fried lamb burger (chinese style), stir fried potato, eggplant and green peppers and udon noodles with cumin beef. All dishes were outstanding - the potato stir fry was reminiscent of a crazy home fry kind of dish, I'll want to make this at home and crack an egg on top for breakfast! The lamb burger was really unique, minced lamb, bean sprouts, green onion and lots of cumin and chili spice in a little made to order griddled bun, kind of like an english muffin?! It was amazing! The udon noodles with cumin beef was an amazing dish as well, nice and warm, well rounded flavours with the cumin in there. All in all the meal fed two people very generously for about $25. We'll be back for the skewered BBQ lamb, Chinese style pork burger and maybe some of the more adventurous offal offerings. Spoke with the owners, this food is of the Xi'an, Shaanxi region... so quite a bit different than most places in Ottawa! Highly recommended.

2009 Jul 22
I haven't been here but I received a take out menu in the mail box yesterday.

It appears that they have dumbed down the menu. I imagine they did so to cater to the masses in the immediate area. It has been considerably Westernized.See the website for the update.

I'm sure that one could probably get stuff for the original menu.

I was wondering how long their original menu would last.

On a positive note, they now open at 11:30 Tueday-Thur for lunch.


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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!!




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2015 Feb 28
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.