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Jan 28, 2009 10:41 AM

Saimen on Maui

After our poke search, husband is now craving saimen. Any recs?

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  1. Saimin was the very firs thing I ate on my first night in Hawaii -- I stumbled across a stand in the International Marketplace while I was seriously jet-lagged. Here's a recipe from Elvira Monroe's "Cooking With Aloha" :
    6 cups chicken or beef stock
    1 TB soy sauce
    1 piece ginger root
    1 pound fresh egg noodles, parboiled
    1/2 tsp sesame oil
    salt and pepper to taste
    3 TB green onions, chopped
    1/2 pound red pork or Chinese barbecued pork

    Heat stock, ginger root, and soy sauce to boiling. Add noodles. Bring to almost boiling. Remove from heat. Mix in oil, salt, and pepper. When ready to serve, add onions and pork.

    I have another I'll have to dig for -- found it while searching the Internet for how to make Char Siu and Mauna Pua buns. I'll pass it along when I unearth it.

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    1. re: Honeybit

      Yum-I'll definitely have to give that a try when I get back. Sorry for the confusion, though-I actually meant restaurant recommendations, not recipes, as we're in a condo with pretty limited ingredients.

      1. re: Honeybit

        Aren't soba noodles those grayish-purple noodles? As far as I know, saimen isn't made with soba noodles. But then again, I make my saimen with Hamura's noodles and S&S.

      2. Since in another thread, I read that Hanafuda's in Kihei is closed, someone had mentioned Sam Sato's for being a good noodle place (including Saimen, but not limited to it). I believe they're in Wailuku. I hope you get more replies, because I want to know the same thing. Having gone to Kauai all my life and having Hamura's, I'm always craving it, and last time I was on Maui, we found Hanafuda's. Good luck.

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        1. re: kelela92

          We go to Maui annually and one of our favorite places is Sam Sato's for breakfast or lunch. Their Saimin is good, and they are known for their Dry Saimin too. Very much a locals kind of place.

          Wailuku is a nice change from the tourist enclaves on Maui.

          Sam Sato's
          1750 Wili PA Loop, Wailuku, HI 96793

          1. re: DriverPhil

            I forgot to mention that the Saimin at the airport isn't too bad, possibly the only edible food there.

          2. re: kelela92

            I second the recommendation on Sam Sato's. We were on Maui last year about this time and it was terrific. Going again next week and hope it's still just as good.

            1. re: JimGrinsfelder

              Da Kitchen at Kahalui or Lahaina has a goood bowl of saimin. Believe it or not, Tasty Crust's saimin is also pretty good. We actually preferred it over Sam Sato's when we were there for 6 weeks last year.

              Da Kitchen
              2439 S Kihei Rd Ste 107A, Kihei, HI 96753

              Sam Sato's
              1750 Wili PA Loop, Wailuku, HI 96793

              Tasty Crust Restaurant
              1770 Mill St, Wailuku, HI 96793

          3. In a pinch the McDonalds saimin isn't bad.