Let's continue culinary wars for my interview with Amy Thomas, author of PARIS MY SWEET. Paris may boast the best bread, cheese, butter, chocolate, and wine .... but Hawaii is the showcase of Asian food. Hubby joined me for today's adventure to SHIRO'S SAIMIN HAVEN.
From Shiro's website (at this link),
Open since 1969, Shiro's Saimin boasts over 60 different noodle combinations. Shiro Matsuo, the founder, revolutionized the image of saimin by taking a plain snack and creating a meal in itself. With his quirky imagination, he morphed saimin into an adventure in noodle dining.
|We ordered the Chicken Yakisobo Saimin -|
chicken breast cooked in yakisobo sauce ....
|.... and a huge bowl of saimin noodles with ham,|
vegetables, cabbage, egg and even wontons.
Shiro is known for his "positive" posters on the wall.
|Governor Lingle named Shiro as |
"Hawaii's Statement of Goodwill"
for promoting the spirit of Aloha.
Perhaps you are curious exactly what is saimin. From Wikipedia:
Saimin is a noodle soup dish unique to Hawaii. Inspired by Japanese udon, Chinese mein, and Filipino pancit, saimin was developed during Hawaii's plantation era. It is a soup dish of soft wheat egg noodles served in hot dashi garnished with green onions. Kamaboko, char siu, sliced Spam, linguiça, and nori may be added, among other additions.
I am giving away a Why Hawaii Rivals Paris gift box filled with local treats to one randomly selected commenter from all the blogs this week. Maybe saimin will be included! This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, February 11, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 12.
Kim in Hawaii
Next stop: Chinatown.
|Joe to Steve, "I know a great place in Chinatown."|