Rice noodles have been a huge trend in Toronto, especially during these past couple of cold, winter months! Settling into a great ambiance with a nice, hot, boiling bowl of soup and noodles is always the way to go. At Shi Miaodao Yunnan Rice Noodle, you can get the best of both delicious noodles and also some great Asian vibes.

Shi Miaodao was extremely crowded, which made sense because it was peak dinner time, and one of the colder days in Toronto. Everyone was sitting in a great dining space and chatting over some bubbling soup and a colourful array of sides that were to be added to the soup. You can choose from different flavours of soup, depending on whether you want to have spicy soup, savoury soup, or the original. Essentially the base of the soup is customizable, but generally the sides are the same for all the rice noodles at Shi Miaodao.

Despite the crowdedness of the restaurant, we were served quite quickly that evening. My partner got himself the Spicy Malay Noodles while I went with the classic Crossing Bridge Rice Noodle at the very top of the menu. Note: whenever I go out to new places, I always want to try out the most popular, original and classic choices, before I go back and try out all the other types of items they have!

The sides were served first, which seemed to have a variety of different things but really made the dish very colourful and attractive to the eyes. There were seaweed varieties, corn, quail egg, shrimp, beef brisket, fish cake, and other garnishes. Once this was on our table, our soups came in bubbling and super hot! The waitresses were kind to let their customers know that the pot is extremely hot, and gave a quick tutorial on how to eat the dish. Make sure you’re cooking your meat in the boiling hot soup, while it’s at its peak obviously! Then throw in all the side and enjoy.

The Spicy Malay I could tell lived up to its name because the moment the waitress passed the soup to my partner across from me, I got hit with the sheer spiciness of the dish and had a slight cough from the smell. You could see it was not only boiling hot, but also extremely and intensely spicy. My partner, who enjoys spicy food, took his first few bites and said that the soup was serving its purpose, but the spice level of this dish was way over the top. It wasn’t that he couldn’t finish, but he could tell that whoever had prepared the dish that they were primarily focused on getting to the spice level they did, as oppose to the actual taste of the broth. He was slightly disheartened by the dish.

On the other hand, I must say that I was personally really satisfied with my Crossing Bridge Rice Noodle soup that I received that night during my dinner. It was a perfect compilation of savoury flavors, hot broth, and delicious taste. In combination with all the sides that were giving to me as well, this made for a killer meal. We were both given the rice noodles separately in order to control our noodle portions and we ate eagerly, regardless!

Lastly, to pair up with our hot soups, we were given probably the freshest fruit teas that I’ve received. In fact, this was my very first time getting a drink like this! Usually on the Asian beverage end, I tend to lean towards iced coffee or avocado shakes from Vietnamese restaurants, or just the standard hot tea. These two drinks were a nice treat to end our visit at Shi Miaodao Yunnan Rice Noodles.

One of the teas were the Passionfruit Tea with a mix of different fruits such as lime, oranges and apples in a cold iced green tea, and the other was a Matcha Green Tea chilled with lime, apple and ice. These drinks were very refreshing and added a beautiful, light taste to the end of our meal!

For more information on Shi Miaodao Yunnan Rice Noodle, take a look at their website: https://www.shimiaodao.ca/

Ratings

Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

Ambiance – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

Taste – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

Service – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡