MSG-Free Noodle Soup at Foxtail & Broomcorn

December 26, 2014 by in Food tags: , ,
The Tokyo (l) and Gurney (r) noodle soups at Foxtail & Broomcorn

The Tokyo (l) and Gurney (r) noodle soups at Foxtail & Broomcorn

Believe it or not, Hong Kong once ranked number one in the world for fast food consumption, with 61% of the population eating fast food or takeaway at least once a week. But times have changed and new restaurants offering a healthier alternative seem to be cropping up all over town every day.


Foxtrot & Broomcorn is the latest to catch my fancy. Asian noodle soups have always been a mainstay in my family’s list of favorite go-to foods, and never more so than in colder weather. To take a page from Joey Tribbiani: Soup, good. Noodles, good. Asian spices and flavors, goooood!


Best of all, Foxtrot & Broomcorn’s food is MSG-free and transfat-free. What’s not to love?


Recommendations for the kids:
– If you have newbies, the Toyko is their take on Japanese ramen, with a light chicken broth.
– If your kids are already aficionados of Asian noodle soups, the Gurney has two types of noodles in a delicately flavored prawn broth.
– If they aren’t in the mood for soup, the Hangzhou is a dry noodle dish with a sweet meat sauce. (Some people describe zha jiang sauce as the Chinese version of spaghetti sauce, but I think that would just be setting your kids up for disappointment.)



Foxtrot & Broomcorn is open every day from 11:30am – 10:00pm. On weekdays, I would suggest arriving no later than 12noon as the small restaurant fills up quickly with the neighborhood office crowd. If your party doesn’t fill up every seat at your table, there’s a chance that strangers may be seated at the empty seats. You can tell your kids it’s an authentic Hong Kong lunch experience as this is standard seating practice in smaller, local restaurants. If your kids are uncomfortable with the idea, then I’d suggest going on the weekend or after the lunch crowd has left.


Foxtail & Broomcorn: 84 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 2415 2555.

About the Author:
Mamie has three kids, ages 13, 12 and 10, and a cardboard Xmas tree that they assemble in hotel rooms in different countries every year. When she isn't busy researching new destinations for the tree, she loves impromptu family activities, from board games to art jams to kitchen experiments.

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