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Where can I buy Saimin

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cscherer Oct 4, 2007 09:38 PM

When I was in college (1964-8) my Hawaiian roommates made a quick saimin which came in a box and only took about 3 minutes to make. Does anyone know where to buy it in the greater Boston area or how to order it over the internet from Hawaii??? Thanks

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    aperitif RE: cscherer Oct 5, 2007 11:18 AM

    I totally know what you're talking about! Saimin is called Ramen here. You can buy the dry, packaged kind in any grocery store; check the International aisle. It's ridiculously inexpensive, like 8 for a dollar. If you want really good, fresh saimin (like you would find in Hawaii at the L&L), you can find it in Chinatown. There are lots of little markets there, but I like C-Mart which is on an unmarked side street (when you've crossed into Chinatown from Boylston St, it's the second street on the right; no sign). C-Mart smells weird, but once you get past that, it's a paradise for all things Asian. I stock up on condiments there. The noodles are to the right when you walk in, in the refrigerated section. Good luck!

    1. lschow RE: cscherer Oct 5, 2007 12:41 PM

      Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but for a meal (order & eat it, as opposed to buying dry noodles), try Ken's Ramen House in the Super 88 complex, across the hall from the food court. Packard's Corner stop on the B (Green) line.

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        ahipoke RE: cscherer Oct 5, 2007 02:52 PM

        As someone originally from Hawaii, if you want true local-style saimin, which I think is slightly different from ramen (soup base is lighter). Wikipedia has a decent entry on it:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saimin

        You can buy it online from the following places:

        Zippy's (their chili and Portuguese bean soup are local favorites as is their saimin):

        http://www.zippys.com/zippys/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=6&mscssid=P16UTJL7X5DG8G2FCV97M6DW60SNBAP9

        Or here, which I haven't ordered from before. Try S&S brand, which I thought was the brand served at McD's, but Wikipedia has proved me wrong:
        http://www.dahawaiistore.com/food.html

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