by Erin Moore Ruddy
Next time you forget lunch, skip the Sackler salad and head to Boston’s Financial District. Foumami, an Asian fusion sandwich shop, is worth the 10-minute walk. The restaurant is located next to Post Office Square at 225 Franklin Street and on a nice day, you can enjoy your lunch outside at the neighboring Norman B. Leventhal Park.
Michael Wang, the owner and creator of Foumami, is a graduate of the Harvard MBA program and a former Goldman Sachs employee. He left finance to return to his family roots of owning and running restaurants. Wang opened Foumami in 2010 and uses family recipes and traditions from the Shandong province in China. Some recipes are traditional, while others are American favorites with an Asian twist. You can find Wang at the end of the line every day, checking orders and handing them off to customers with a smile.
A friend recommended Foumami to me. We met up at the restaurant on a snowy Tuesday during lunchtime. The restaurant is popular and the line can wrap around the building if you arrive during the prime lunch hour (11:30-12:30). We arrived around 1:00pm and, thankfully, there was no wait.
The daily menu offers sandwiches, salads, soups and rice bowls, but there are also a number of Foumami daily specials. I started my meal with a cup of the Hot and Sour soup that came with two scallion pancakes, perfect for a cold day. For my entrée, I couldn’t resist the Japanese Seaweed Salad: a big bowl of romaine lettuce covered with seaweed salad, scallions, edamame, chickpeas, radishes, crab, cucumber, and sesame miso vinaigrette.
The soup and scallion pancakes were delicious. So good that I will make a trip back just for those. The salad was a good balance of ingredients, and the portion was substantial. I was afraid they would skimp on the seaweed and crab, but there was more than enough.
I prefer soup and salad to sandwiches, but I look forward to returning to Foumami to try one of their signature sandwiches. Each sandwich is served on Shao Bing bread—flaky bread that is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Sandwiches range from braised pork loin, to chicken teriyaki, to atsuage, or deep fried, tofu. There is something for all taste buds.
Tea lovers will enjoy Foumami’s house-made teas with flavors like Iced Ginger, Iced Cinnamon, and Kumquat. If you have a long day of studying, grab a pack of wasabi peas or wasabi peanuts to bring back to school. And remember those koala bear cookies filled with chocolate from your childhood? Foumami keeps a stash of them right by the register to fulfill your sweet tooth!
The prices at Foumami are reasonable and easily fit into the gradate student budget. Sandwiches range from $6-8; salads and rice bowls range from $7-8; and depending on the size, soup ranges from $3-6. You can easily leave the restaurant with a full belly while spending less than $10!
If you go:
225 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
Hours: M-F, 7am-4pm
Erin Moore Ruddy is a second-year FPAN student specializing in nutrition communications and behavior change. She hopes to use her experience at Friedman to improve nutrition in the food industry. Erin abandoned the vegan lifestyle for St. André triple cream cheese and Batch Salted Caramel Ice Cream. She loves listening to music, reading, and cheering on the greatest team of all time, the Chicago Blackhawks. She can be reached at email@example.com.