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.