Saimin is HUGE in Hawaii and you cannot go to any restaurant, or even Mc Donald’s for that matter, without seeing it on the menu.
Saimin originated during the plantation days of Hawaii. During the 1800s and early 1900s, when sugar and pineapple planations were booming, many different cultures came together to work the fields. At lunch time, Japanese, Chinese and Filipino workers all shared their lunches and ate together in a communal setting. Each culture has their own version of noodle soup, and with time these different cultures combined their soups to create Saimin.
You cannot come to Maui without trying Saimin. The most famous place to eat Saimin is Sam Sato’s on Maui. If you cannot make it to Sam Sato’s, we suggest making your own in your villa! The best Saimin noodles are “Sun Noodle Brand, Hawaii’s Original Saimin, Old Style.” You can find these fresh noodles in most grocery stores in the refrigerated section that features local and Asian food.
We have tested many saimin noodles and these are by far the best, and most popular with locals alike. They are as easy to make as top ramen, but 1,000 times better. Add your own toppings, such as green onions, bean sprouts, charsu (also sold in stores) and eggs and you have the perfect bowl of Hawaiian Saimin!