I remember when I was 7 years old and taking karate lessons. Every Saturday after practice, my mom would ask what I wanted to eat for lunch...saimin??? You got it! And not just any saimin...it had to be from Palace. This place was located right behind the hall where the karate lessons were, and you can bet we were there every Saturday afternoon.
Many, many years later (too many to count)...and this place is still here, still serving the same great saimin. What is saimin you ask? It's the comfort food of Hawaii. I can't name anyone who doesn't eat it, let alone anyone that doesn't like it. All it is, really, is a bowl of noodles with soup and garnishes, usually green onions and char siu. What really makes, or breaks, this dish is the soup...and the soup here at Palace is #1. I couldn't even tell you what actually goes into this soup, but I do know that what I make at home doesn't compare.
The menu here hasn't changed in at least the last 20 years. It's still on a board on the wall and still contains only 6 items: saimin, wun tun soup, wun tun min, udon, wun tun udon and Bar-BQ (sticks).
Tonight is a perfect night for saimin. It's a bit cool and rainy. When I arrive, only one of the 8 tables is still available.
I quickly seat myself and order a large wun tun min(US$4.00) and 4 Bar-BQ beef sticks(US$1.50 each) (I'll take 2 home). When the bowl of wun tun min arrives it's steaming hot!
Wun tun min is a bowl of noodles in soup, with wun tun (or won ton) and garnished with char siu (Chinese barbeque pork) and green onions. Shortly after the bowl of wun tun min arrives, the Bar-BQ beef sticks are delivered.
The Bar-BQ beef sticks are made with lean, tender pieces of choice beef, marinated in a sweet soy sauce and then grilled over a charcoal grill in the kitchen. These are the best bar BQ beef sticks that I have ever eaten!
20 years from now, I hope to still be enjoying saimin and especially the saimin and Bar-BQ beef sticks at Palace!
1256 North King Street