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    Hawaiian Saimin Soup

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    25 mins

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    Nif's Note:

    An inexpensive noodle and broth soup, saimin is the favorite local fast food of the Hawaiian islands (also considered the national dish of Hawaii). It is considered the supreme comfort food of the Islands, eaten at any time of day. You can find this soup at snack bars, coffee shops, and even on the McDonald's menu (in Hawaii only). Saimin is basically the same thing as ramen, a Japanese noodle soup. In Hawaii, you will get the real thing, fresh, thin white noodles in a clear broth with green onions, kamaboko (fish cakes), and sometimes ham or char siu (pork). Some people add chicken, eggs, shrimp, and whatever else is desired. The Saimin is eaten very hot with chopsticks or spoons, and the broth is then drunk from the bowl. Do not be afraid to slurp, as there is simply no quiet way to eat Saimin. The prep time really varies, depending on what toppings you choose. Enjoy!

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    Basic Saimin

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a large pot over medium-high heat, add water and salt; bring to a boil. Add soba noodles and boil 4 to 6 minutes until al dente. Remove from heat, drain, and rinse under warm, running water.
    2. 2
      In a large pot over medium-high heat, add chicken broth and ginger; bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add soy sauce and your favorite toppings; simmer for 5 minutes longer or until toppings are cooked. Remove from heat.
    3. 3
      Place cooked soba noodles in a large soup bowl; spoon broth mixture (with toppings) over the top and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 15, 2011

      55

      This is a great dish for those "Clean Out The Refrigerator" nights. I made this entirely from things in my fridge, freezer, pantry and garden. For add-ins, I chose: scrambled egg, shredded chicken breast, snow peas, bok choy, mushrooms and scallions. I feel like I got all of the veggies I needed to have a balanced meal without feeling like I ate a pile of bland, steamed veggies. The ginger and soy really wake up the chicken broth, and make this something special. The only thing I might change is to add a bit of chile-garlic sauce, to give it a slight bite. Even without it, however, this is a fabulous, easy, versatile dish- well worth keeping in your back pocket. Thanks for posting!

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    • on August 25, 2013

      55

      We made this soup tonight for my son-in-law's birthday. We followed the base recipe exactly, then added bok choy, green onions, scrambled eggs (dropped in), and light spam (lightly fried). It was delicious! We will definately make it again! Thanks so much for a super easy recipe, that doesn't disappoint!<br/><br/>Kate

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    • on June 30, 2011

      45

      Good and easy recipe to make from scratch. It is nice to know I can just whip this up. I hadn't tried spam since I was a kid. Made for ZWT7.

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    Nutritional Facts for Hawaiian Saimin Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (1557 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 316.2
     
    Calories from Fat 21
    88%
    Total Fat 2.4 g
    3%
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    3%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 4631.4 mg
    192%
    Total Carbohydrate 58.9 g
    19%
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    0%
    Sugars 1.1 g
    4%
    Protein 18.8 g
    37%

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