Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of the volcanic cones and turquoise beaches with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of traditional saimin and classic sides at The Old Saimin House on North King Street. Family owned and operated, The Old Saimin House has satisfied growling grub boxes with traditional saimin soup for more than 50 years. Inspired by East Asian and Pacific Island cuisine, a bowl of saimin combines soft noodles with wontons and green onions synchronizedly swimming in a hot, savory broth. Diners can accompany a large bowl of saimin ($5.25), large udon ($6), or culinary-themed Beethoven symphony with a side of hot-off-the-grill barbecue sticks ($1.90) or macaroni salad ($0.90). Originally opened by Tomizo and Mitsue Ikei, whose parents immigrated to Hawaii from Japan, The Old Saimin House still boasts the same menu from the first batch of soul-warming soup in 1959.
Yelpers give The Old Saimin House a healthy four-star average, saying:
- If your [sic] looking for some japanese noodles, then come here. Fried saimin, soup saimin, won ton. This is good comfort food for those who grew up eating this kind of food. – Gary F.
- The Fried Saimin here hits the spot for me and the BBQ Sticks, holy cow i could eat 10 in one sitting, NO KIDDING. – ramfis b.