Newly opened on Robson: Rice and Noodle

The Asian eatery Rice and Noodle has taken over Donair Spot at 1236 Robson Street in Vancouver. The restaurant name pretty much sums up what they do best – dishes of rice or noodle. Although they are a popular takeout spot in the neighbourhood and receive orders over the counter, the place has a tastefully designed dining room for eating in,  seating over 30 diners.

Rice & Noodle, Robson Street
Rice and Noodle, Robson Street

I came here with fellow foodies Nosh & Nibble,  Domo Is CravingEat With MaoFoodologyHello Vancity, and Vanfoodies and here are the dishes we tried.

  • Pad Thai with Shrimp
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Green Curry Chicken
  • Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken
  • Panang Red Curry
  • Creamy Satay Stirfry
  • Tom Yum (Noodle Soup) 
  • Laksa (Noodle Soup)
  • Spring Rol

Their style is mostly Thai cooking but with the dish names like “Kung Pao”, “Mongolian”, “Panang”, and “Laksa”, they have covered flavours from other regions in Asia.

The use of fresh produce is highlighted in all the dishes, and I always enjoy a good crunch on my vegetables.  The meats and seafood here exhibit nice quality,  including chicken, beef, and those huge prawns in the Tom Yum Noodle Soup.  I particularly enjoyed the Green Curry Chicken, cooked with tender chicken, as well as some big chunks of cauliflower and zucchini, slightly charred, and bursting with flavours.  Great Pad Thai here too, as it is hard to pan-fry the noodles properly to have the them cooked through but remained dry.  The Kung Pao Chicken, although tasty,  wasn’t exactly the typical Kung Pao Chicken, with the hot and spicy kicks and the signature ingredient of peanut missing.

Rice & Noodle, Robson Street
Rice & Noodle, Robson Street
Tom Yum Noodle Soup
Tom Yum Noodle Soup

 

Green Curry Chicken
Green Curry Chicken

 

pad thai
pad thai

 

Laksa Noodle Soup
Laksa Noodle Soup

 

Spring Rolls
Spring Rolls

 

Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken

 

Mongolian Beef
Mongolian Beef

 

Panang Red Curry
Panang Red Curry

 

Creamy Satay Stirfry
Creamy Satay Stirfry

 

Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken
Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken

 

laksa
laksa

 

Rice & Noodle, Robson Street
Rice & Noodle, Robson Street

 

Rice & Noodle, Robson Street
Rice & Noodle, Robson Street

Comparing to them to the popular chain Thai Express, who also serve freshly wok-fried dishes,  here they use less oil, which seems healthier and much closer to home cooking.  The pricing is also an attractive point. All the dishes are around $10 – $11 and give a pretty good value, which would benefit the folks in the West End and Coal Harbour who are too lazy to cook but crave for a home-cooked meal.

Rice & Noodle

1236 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C1;
(604) 693-0055 or thericeandnoodle.com

 

 

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