Menzou Ramen & Bubble Tea Bar – South Surrey
Menzou is a small Ramen & Bubble tea place located in heart of South Surrey. I happened to be out that way with a friend when we couldn’t decide where to go for a bite to eat. I had a craving for Ramen and remembered hearing about Menzou Ramen so thought we’d give something new a try.
Menzou Ramen restaurant is located in the Morgan Crossing Shopping Center where there is lots of free parking available depending on what time of day you come. Once inside we were greeted by their friendly staff who were attentive during our entire visit. The place is small but warm and cozy inside with unique décor of spoons and bowls lining the walls.
The menu was simple and entirely on one page so deciding what to have was easy. The Tonkotsu ramen is offered with your choice of original, miso or shoyu soup bases and pork belly or chashu pork. If you are a meat lover you can also get extra portions of pork for a small charge. I ordered the ramen with a shoyu base and since they were all out of pork belly (heavy sigh) I went with the chashu pork instead. Since we were very hungry, we also got an order of the deep fried squid tentacles with home made chili pepper. The price for the squid was $9.50 and the ramen only $11.50.
I didn’t have to wait long for my steaming bowl of chashu pork ramen topped with seaweed and scallions to arrive. The portion size was generous, the broth rich and the noodles cooked perfectly. The chashu pork was flavourful and I loved how easily it broke apart into bite size chunks. Easily this was one of the best ramen I can remember having in a long time. The squid tentacles were tasty, crunchy and fresh but I would have been happy with just the ramen. We left satisfied and with full bellies.
Overall, this place had something for everyone. There are a couple of different kinds of vegetarian ramen plus beef noodle soup and donburi on their menu. I’m not a bubble tea fan but noticed they had a big selection of offerings including slushes and yakult drinks. If you are feeling lazy there is also an easy on-line ordering system on their website. I was impressed to learn that there is no additives or MSG in their food and all their sauces are made in-store.
As the weather gets colder and the need for comfort food increases drop by this place and you will be rewarded with a decent size bowl of delicious Ramen that won’t break the bank. The food here is so good and tasty you won’t be disappointed. Next time I’m in the area I will come back here and this time get to try the pork belly ramen if I’m lucky.
Review by Cindy Smith