How To Make Saimin – Hawaii’s Ramen Noodle Soup
Chef Sheldon Simeon shares a comfort food from his home state of Hawaii: saimin noodle soup.
Somewhat similar to ramen, Sheldon explains how this dish, found only in Hawaii, is the product of multiple ethnic cuisines.
Sheldon starts with a pressure-cooked broth made from chicken and pork and adds a variety of Japanese ingredients, like kombu (dried kelp), dried shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimp, plus garlic, ginger, carrots, and leeks, for flavor. Next, Sheldon marinates and preps some beef for barbecue skewers that traditionally accompany saimin. Finally, Sheldon boils instant ramen noodles and assembles the saimin with green onions and kamaboko (cured fish cake) for garnish and Chinese hot mustard on the side.
What are the ingredients needed to make saimin?
Saimin is a traditional Hawaiian dish that has been passed down for generations. This soup is a perfect blend of cultures and flavors, combining Japanese ramen, Chinese mein, and Filipino pancit. Saimin has become a must-try dish for any visitor to Hawaii, and it is currently gaining popularity all over the world. However, making saimin can be tricky, but with these easy-to-follow steps, you can create the perfect bowl of Hawaii’s ramen noodle soup.
– 6 cups of chicken broth
– 1 cup of sliced char siu pork or chicken
– 1 large hard-boiled egg (peeled and sliced in half)
– 3 tablespoons of sliced green onions
– 1 tablespoon of red grated ginger
– 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
– 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
– 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
– 2 packages of fresh or frozen saimin noodles
– 1 cup of fresh bean sprouts
– Nori (dried seaweed) or kamaboko (fish cake) for garnish
1. Heat the sesame oil in a large pot, then add the minced garlic and grated ginger.
2. Cook thoroughly, then add the chicken broth, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil.
3. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. While the broth is simmering, cook the noodles according to the package instructions.
5. Drain the noodles, then add them to the broth.
6. Add the sliced char siu pork or chicken to the soup and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.
7. Once the soup is fully cooked, divide the noodles and soup between two bowls.
8. Top each bowl with bean sprouts, sliced green onions, and a hard-boiled egg.
9. Garnish each bowl with nori or kamaboko.
10. Serve hot and enjoy!
Making saimin is a great way to bring a taste of Hawaii to your kitchen. This dish is full of flavor and easy to customize with your favorite ingredients. Whether you’re a beginner cook or a seasoned chef, saimin is a perfect soup to add to your menu. Try it out and let the flavors of Hawaii transport you!