For all the ramen that is available in the GVRD, most of it is found in a small radius in the Downtown core. In fact, most of them do not stray far from Robson Street and hence the people that live there are in Ramen heaven (or not, if you hate ramen...). But what about the burbs? Yes, there is one in Coquitlam, a few in Burnaby and surprisingly few in Richmond. Hey, how about Surrey??? Okay, stop laughing (or it you aren't, good for you). That is exactly the mission Hot Mama and I were on where we visited Full Ramen in Fleetwood. Yes, kinda random, but what the hey, you never know until you try...
Hot Mama decided to go for the Tonkotsu Ramen with chashu, half golden yolk egg, kikurage mushrooms (wood ear), menma (bamboo shoots), bean sprouts and scallions. As much as the bowl didn't look especially large, there was a substantial amount of noodles which were appealingly toothsome. As for the broth, it had a natural pork flavour that was accented by the usual dose of salt. I wouldn't say it had incredible depth nor richness, but it was decent. As for the chashu, it was fatty which in turn helped achieve a melt-in-our-mouth texture. For myself, I had the Kakuni Ramen in a miso broth. It included the same items as the aforementioned ramen except with braised pork belly. As such, the meat was fatty and richer in taste. Due to being in larger chunks, the meat wasn't overly soft, but it wasn't chewy either. The miso broth was unmistakable in flavour but not overly salty. It had a bit more impact than the tonkotsu.
We also shared an order of Gyoza that featured a relatively thin and chewy exterior skin. Inside, the ratio between cabbage and pork was good while the meat was not dense. I felt that they could've done a better job with the exterior sear. After it was all said and done, we were mildly impressed with the food at Full Ramen. Sure, it wasn't exactly Downtown quality, but for Fleetwood, it was more than acceptable. So stop laughing will ya?
- Decent ramen given its location
- Decent pricing
- Decent service (I can't think of another word than "decent")
- Decent, but of course Downtown is better (but not as much as you would think)