Saimin Soup, An Under-appreciated Hawaiian Favorite

saimin soup

Looking for something a little different to add to your dinner repertoire? If you’re looking for a savory, yet light soup recipe that is sure to stand out, then this Saimin Soup is it! Saimin Soup is a traditional Hawaiian dish that is a mix of Asian fusion flavors that are sure to take soup night up a couple of notches.

Originating in Hawaii, saimin is a noodle soup that was created in the early 1900s by Chinese and Japanese immigrants. It is made with a broth of dashi, soy sauce, and vegetables, and noodles made from wheat flour, eggs, and salt. Traditionally, saimin is topped with green onions, char siu pork, sliced fish cake, and kamaboko.

Now that you know a bit of the history of this delicious soup, it’s time to get to the good part—the recipe! Here is what you will need:

Main Soup Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of dashi
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of mirin
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of bonito flakes
  • 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup of sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1 package of saimin noodles

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the dashi, soy sauce, and mirin until it comes to a boil.
  2. Add the sesame oil, bonito flakes, mushrooms, green onions, ginger, and garlic and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the saimin noodles and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Serve the soup hot and garnish with your favorite toppings, such as char siu pork, sliced fish cake, or kamaboko.

Now that you know how to make this delicious Hawaiian favorite, it’s time to get cooking! Saimin Soup is a great way to add a bit of Asian fusion flavor to your typical meal list, and it’s likely to become a go-to dish. Enjoy!

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