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Oct 4, 2007 09:38 PM

Where can I buy Saimin

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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  1. 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. 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.

      1. 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:

        You can buy it online from the following places:

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

        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: