Have you ever heard of Saimin? I haven’t until I visited this spot. Saimin is a local hawaiian noodles dish that primarily uses kombu and dried shrimp as the soup base. It traditionally consists of soft wheat egg noodles served in a hot dashi garnished with diced green onions, char siu, sliced Spam, sliced egg, shredded nori, or wontons.
It is a local comfort food eaten all year round at any time of day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a late-night snack (which is why Hamura is open so late). Initially consumed by the working class, saimin can now be seen on the menus of Hawaii's restaurants from fast food chains to upscale five-star hotel restaurants. It is commonly eaten at sporting events as well, with concession stands offering the hot noodle soup and served at McDonalds too!