No matter where you go in the world, you will find noodles. Some people make them with rice, some use flour, and some even use potatoes. If you are in Kauai and you are craving some noodles, you should try saimin, which is a Hawaiian noodle soup. You can get some of the best saimin at Hamura Saimin Stand, which is located on Kress Street in Lihue. They restaurant opens at 10:00 am every morning and serves lunch, dinner and some great shaved ice.
Saimin was invented by people who immigrated to Hawaii to harvest sugar can during the Plantation Era in the late 1800s. It has a similar texture to ramen and Japanese soba noodles. The broth is made with dashi, which is a Japanese spice. The toppings vary depending on who prepares the dish. Most people use whatever food they have a surplus of. Hawaiians tend to put eggs on their saimin and Filipinos tend to use a lot of green onions.
The Menu at Hamura Saimin Stand
Hamura Saimin Stand offers three different sizes of the popular soup. They serve several different versions of saimin. The regular version consists of green onions fish cakes and chopped ham. The special version adds vegetables, boiled eggs, wontons and roasted pork. There is also a wonton bowl and a shrimp bowl.
If saimin doesn’t appeal to you, the restaurant offers fried noodles with bacon, green onions and fishcakes. Hamura Saiman Stand also has udon noodles with fish cakes. If noodles and fish are not your thing, they offer grilled chicken and shrimp tempura.
Desserts include Chinese pretzels, which are really more like donuts, and a delicious chiffon pie that is made with passion fruit. They have soft serve ice cream and many different kinds of shaved ice. The best flavors include passion fruit and a combination of coconut and pineapple.
Vegetarians should be forewarned that all the dishes on the menu do contain fish or meat.
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