Who invented saimin?

Among the immigrant population in Hawaii, one of the largest (besides the Chinese) and most influential (besides the Caucasian) immigrants were the Japanese and it is theorized that saimin was created by this ethnic group wanting to eat ramen.

Where did saimin come from?

The word “saimin” is a combination of two Chinese words—sai meaning thin and min, which means noodle. The dish dates back to the plantation era in Hawaii—late 1800s—when workers from various ethnic camps would gather to eat, bringing with them various ingredients to share.

Is saimin Japanese?

Saimin is a noodle soup dish developed in Hawaii. Inspired by Japanese ramen, 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.

Is saimin vegetarian?

Serves meat, vegan options available. Hawaiian restaurant offering a vegan saimin made in coconut broth with sweet potatoes, mushrooms, kai choy and nori. Side dishes include grilled mushroom sticks and fried brussel sprouts, as well as side salads.

What is saimin broth made of?

The most basic saimin broth is dashi. Dashi and a bit of salt can go a long way. But from there, people make more complex broths by adding ingredients like dried shrimp, dried shiitake mushrooms, chicken and pork bones, and even dried scallops. Ginger is also a common addition.

How do you eat saimin?

Use chopsticks (or a fork, if you’re hopelessly Westernized) to pick up the noodles and other foods, then lay them in the spoon, collect a little broth and sip. It’s also considered okay to drink the soup straight from the bowl, as long as you can do it neatly. In Hawai’i, we eat our saimin quietly.

Does saimin have gluten?

Saimin is a dish unique to Hawaii, and a marriage of the many cultures found on the islands. Chinese egg noodles are served in a Japanese broth with garnishes taken from Chinese (char siu), Japanese (fish cake), Filipino (adobo), Korean (won bok cabbage), and Portuguese (sausage) cuisine.