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Hamura Saimin Stand

2956 Kress St, Lihue, HI 96766
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  • Hamura Saimin StandPro 2014
    May W
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    4 Jan 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.

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  • Hamura Saimin StandCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan
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    3 Jul 15, 2013
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    Verlisia
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    3 Nov 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.

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    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jul 02, 2014

    These are the best noodles I have ever tasted, and the same goes for the Lilokoi pie at the end of the meal. This is a local's spot, and isn't in a tourist location. It also isn't fancy, but the price is right and the food is worth writing home about.

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  • Hamura Saimin StandPro 2014
    Daniel L.
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    4 May 28, 2014

    Was here several years ago and found it to be an excellent experience. Parking is a bit challenging as you just need to find a spot along a side street. Sat at the counter. Food was very good

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  • Hamura Saimin StandCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    3 Nov 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!

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    Sara Benson
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    4 Oct 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.

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    Gary K
    5 May 28, 2013

    For lunch or dinner, a MUST GO! World famous! Order chicken or beef stir for an appetizer, a Saimin Special, and finish it off with a slice of Lilikoi Pie! I have to go her once a week!

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    PokerGirl
    3 Apr 16, 2013

    The best thing we had was the teri-chicken stick and the lilikoi chiffon pie. The saimin was okay but maybe I'm just not a Saimin type of girl. I prefer ramen better.

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    Traci
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    4 Dec 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!

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    theoriginalchowman
    5 Dec 03, 2013

    This place is an institution on Kaua'i. Grab a seat at one of the communal table/ bars in this casual dining noodle stop. This joint is essentially a saimin noodle soup" diner" withinterior decor that hasn't been updated in years, but it's clean. The noodles are 4.5 stars, the soup 3.5, and the illikoi chiffon pie is a 5. Try a teriyaki meat on a stick for some added protein. This is a family run joint and a must do while visiting Kaua'i.

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    Chris Lo
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Awesome place, the best Saimin ever eaten in my life. Hole in the wall, place. You have to wait, and the service is without a smile. However, if you want cheap saimin this is the place to go. A local spot, we had to go 2 times on our trip. The beef skewers were not so good though. If I ever visit Kauai I would go again!

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    Daniel B
    5 Jul 31, 2013
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    Pamela L
    5 Jul 23, 2013

    A little local hole in the wall, come on in and grab a chair!

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    Ernest "kokophats" Shih
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    5 Jul 15, 2013

    So onolicious. It's a hidden gem that only locals know.

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    Angela T
    5 May 30, 2013

    Our FAVORITE place for noodles the best on the island.

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    Kimberly Sam
    5 Jul 25, 2012

    Best saimin ever!

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    2 Jul 29, 2013
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Description

Saimin is what folks in Hawaii use to refer to top quality ramen; not to be confused with "Top Ramen." The noodle filled delights offered here are a far cry from the prepackaged stuff you can pick up for less than a quarter at any grocery market. Freshly prepared ingredients turn this already delicious cuisine into something you just cant get enough of. If you are new to the islands trying Saimin ... read more
is something you owe to yourself to do. Just be prepared to never look at "Top Ramen" in the same way again.

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