Hamura Saimin Stand
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Member Reviews (17)
- Hamura Saimin StandMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 4Jan 06, 2014
Apparently Hamura Saimin is THE PLACE to eat at if you're in Lihue. A lot of people come here "late" at night after most of the other places close down. Luckily, Hamura is more of a small diner than a saimin stand. Be prepared to share space with strangers bc this is a no-frills kind of place that needs to accommodate a lot of saimin fans.
I ordered the special saimin, which came with 2 wontons, half a boiled egg, some fish cakes (the pink swirly kind), spam, and veggies. I thought it was really filling and really hit the spot after getting out of the airport. The noodles were nice and bouncy and didn't soak up the broth quickly so it kept its texture for a while.
My only complaint was that the beef stick I ordered tasted tooooo chewy. I had to seriously chew and chew and chew before I felt comfortable swallowing. I prefer the chicken skewer.
Street parking seemed easy enough for us as there were spots reserved for the diner and plenty of street parking. This place wasn't that hard to locate. I used Google Maps to direct me.Recommended for:Foodies
- Hamura Saimin StandCommunity ManagerMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 4Nov 30, 2013
I came to the famous saimin shop to try saimin noodles for the first time and was surprisingly a bit disappointed. Perhaps I'm so used to eating Japanese ramen and Chinese noodle soups, saimin soup seems quite bland to me. However, the chiffon pie and the chicken skewers were tasty!
- Hamura Saimin StandMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureLuxury TravelersDec 03, 2013
I had never heard of "saimin" until I went to Hawaii - it's basically the Chinese version of ramen - thinner noodles in broth with all sorts of combos of toppings. You wouldn't expect a hot, broth-based dish to be at all pleasant to eat in the hot humidity of Kauai, but it was! This place is packed with locals and absolutely no frills. Definitely save room for the lilkoi chiffon pie - very different from any pie I've had before - very light and fluffy!
- Hamura Saimin StandMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2Nov 06, 2013
Saimin, a crossover between Japanese Ramen and Chinese egg noodle, is a local Hawaiian dish that is seldom found outside of the islands.
Travelers from major metropolitan area with good exposure to Asian cuisine might be slightly disappointed here. Unfortunately, saimin is really no delicacy. It is far simpler, or frankly, inferior, than both of its parents.
Hamura made a decent bowl of saimin, as far as saimin would go. Noodles were soft and chewy. The sliced pork topping was fatty and juicy. Fish cakes were mere standard fare. Wontons were least of my favorite. The unflavored ground pork and the coarse thick wrap did not excite me.
I wouldn't consider this place a must try for your Kauai trip. Especially if you already had saimin elsewhere. It is a good value place to fill your stomach if you are in the area. A fairly large bowl of noodle is only a few bucks.
- Hamura Saimin StandOct 20, 2013
When I get off the plane at Lihue airport, I immediately drive into town for a big bowl of saimin (like island-style Asian noodle soup) at this retro storefront kitchen. You might have to wait in a long line of loyal locals for a counter stool, but once you sit down and get served, it's worth it, especially if you polish it all off with a piece of lilikoi (passion fruit) pie.