Boston, MA (PressExposure) February 11, 2011 -- Flavorful fresh food is united with family tradition at Fóumami (pronounced "Foo-mah-mee"), an inventive new Asian sandwich bar that offers breakfast and lunch, to stay or to go, in the heart of Boston's financial district. Located at 225 Franklin Street, Fóumami is the brainchild of owner and general manager Michael Y. J. Wang, a Harvard Business School grad and third generation restauranteur who has based his Asian concept sandwich bar on age old elements of Asian cuisine, drawing from Chinese, Korean, and Japanese influences and prized family recipes to develop a variety of uniquely Asian sandwich creations.
What exactly is an Asian sandwich? At Fóumami, freshly baked bings (artisan bread) with origins in the Beijing-Shandong style of cooking are essential. The foundation of each Fóumami sandwich is freshly baked Shao Bing, unleavened bread that is crisp and flaky on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside. Shao Bing is paired with high quality meats or vegetables steeped with spices to draw out their flavor in recipes ranging from Wang family favorites to Chinese, Korean and Japanese inspired fillings. Whether it's Chicken Katsu or Atsuage Tofu, the principal ingredient in each sandwich becomes the star, rounded out with supporting elements (including crisp or caramelized vegetables and freshly snipped herbs) that complement rather than overpower.
Cong Yóu Bing (scallion pancakes) accompany Fóumami's wide range of Asian soups and salads, and is the star of Fóumami's breakfast sandwich. Fresh ginger root and fresh cinnamon bark form the basis of Fóumami's selection of teas, and dessert offerings include a hard-to-find favorite, red bean shaved ice.
Fóumami Asian Sandwich Bar
Fóumami is an inventive Asian sandwich bar that draws its inspiration from the food of China's Shandong province. The Chinese characters depicting "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall" reflect the origin of the name Fóumami, a contraction that loosely translates to "what Buddha finds to be most delicious," based on "Foo" the Chinese word for Buddha and "Umami" Japanese word meaning "flavor" or "taste." According to old Chinese folklore, Buddha, though a vegetarian, was so enticed by the flavorful aromas of food cooked by a villager outside the monastery that he jumped over the wall just to taste it, just as contemporary diners are enticed by the creative melding of flavors offered by Fóumami.
Featuring an open kitchen and a sophisticated but relaxed environment with seasonal patio seating, Fóumami's goal is to introduce people to an exciting new variety of Asian tastes and flavors, offering breakfast and lunch, to stay or to go; soups and salads that can easily be a main course; and a great selection of specially made hot and cold beverages, snacks, and desserts.
Fóumami is committed is to bringing food lovers closer to earthy, lovingly prepared dishes that Asian families enjoy at home and to-go at the bustling shops and open-air markets that thrive throughout the region.