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April 01, 2005



So Reid...

Tell me more about Palace Saimin! I'm still in active pursuit for the Holy Grail of Hawaii Saimin. I guess I'll scratch Shiro's off my list. Now I need to go open up a frozen package of S&S saimin from the freezer and satify my craving.

Allen Wong


I'm not sure, but the colors on the char siu and the tempura look pretty fluorencent. I'm not sure I would like to eat something so ... bright.

Allen Wong


Arrrghh.. wat a disappointment ..Reid..!


That's too bad! Man, I could use some saimin right now. Ok, I could use a cheese sandwich right now...if I was eating it in Hawaii! Aloha.


Hi Clinton,

Palace Saimin has been around for at least 30 years or more. It's been in the same location for all of those years. If you're not familiar with the Kalihi/Kapalama area, it's right down the road from Farrington High and across the street from the Kapalama Post Office. They don't offer much on the menu, but in my opinion, it's the best bowl of saimin around. You just have to try it.

Hi Allen,

I'm not sure if my camera accurately captured the colors...I'll have to work on that. Char siu here is normally bright pink to dark red in color, probably because the Chinese here tend to use a lot of artificial coloring. The yellow color of the tempura actually comes from egg yolk.

Hi MrsT,

That's exactly what I said to myself. =)

Hi Sue,

Thanks for visiting my blog. I could use a cheese sandwich myself...especially if it were a cheese sandwich served on the beach!

BTW...thanks for linking your site. I'll take a look around when I have a chance!


Seems like Shiro thinks quantity is the way to go in order to be the "Ultimate King of Saimins". Well, I'd like to think that quality should always come before quantity. :)


Small-kid time, I used to frequent a Shiro's saimin shop in Kaimuki. It was right across the Christian radio station where I took ukulele lessons.

In retrospect, I can't remember whether or not Shiro's served good saimin. I did like the variety offered. I also remember that the guy was very good at marketing. Oh well. Guess I'll try Palace Saimin next time I'm back home. =)


I haven't had the chance to go to Palace Saimin. I've been going to Boulevard Saimin all my life, and I still try to find time to make my way there once every two weeks. I've eaten at Shiro's occasionally over the years, but like someone mentioned, it seems to be more quantity than quality.


hmmm looked kinda plain...


Hm-m-m-m...Boulevard Saimin? I heard a lot about that place but have yet to try it. Isn't it close to Palace Saimin on Dillingham? What my ongoing search is looking for that "old-time" Japanese saimin taste with the "al dente" curly noodles with that undescribable taste. I'll know it when I find it. The closest thing was the old Tanoue's in Kaimuki. The soup stock was the key. But I'm still a-searchin'!


Hi Julia,

I think so too. Actually, the saimin here used to be so much better. I don't know what happened. Oh well, chalk it up to the changing times.


Shiro's does offer a lot of variety, and I'm sure that some of the saimins are better than others. I was hoping for a bit more consistency. If you haven't tried Palace Saimin before, you should. It's so plain and simple. In my opinion, that's what makes it great!

Hi AK,

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I've been an off again, on again Boulevard Saimin eater. As with Shiro's, the quality has gone down a bit over the years, but the saimin is still tasty. If you haven't been to Palace Saimin before, you should definitely try it sometime.

Hi babe_kl,

Plain? Hmmmm, are you speaking about the country fried noodles? If you are, I was told they were quite bland.

Hi Clinton,

Boulevard Saimin is on Dillingham Boulevard right next to Sizzlers. In fact, the three shops -- Shiro's, Palace and Boulevard -- are located within 2-3 minutes of each other. When you come back, do try Palace and Boulevard and let me know which you like better. I'll be doing a post on Boulevard Saimin shortly. Stay tuned.


Hi Reid,

First time too write a comment here. I enjoy your site very much. Shiros eh! That will be the last time I ever go there. Service was poor and to make matters worst, they even brought me the wrong order. Talking about being in there for almost 1 1/2 hour. I'm sure I'll be going to Palace Saimin next time. Many thanks.


Hi Joseph,

Thanks for leaving me a comment. I'm sorry that your experience at Shiro's was a bad one. Although I don't normally like to report when service or food is bad, I think I owe it to everyone to try to be as honest as I possibly can without being too negative.

Hope you enjoy the saimin at Palace. It's my favorite!


I very much agree that Shiro's saimin is so-so. I've been going to Palace Saimin for almost 20 years and have found their saimin to be the BEST. The broth is outstanding, the noodles are excellent, and the garnishes are very simple yet tasty. Yes, everyone should definitely go there.


Hi Jimmy,

Welcome to my blog!

I think that the quality at Shiro's has actually gone downhill over the years. Too bad. Their variety can sometimes be appealing.

I've also been going to Palace Saimin for many years, at least 30 or more. I agree it's the best saimin that I've had.

Thanks for dropping by.


Reid--fyi, this branch of shiro's has closed. we noticed it when we went to the crab tank (pretty good crab cakes; the gumbo was okay; i prefer buying crab from tamashiro's and cooking it myself, esp since it was $11.00 for three blue crab boiled in old bay that i could barely taste and took half an hour's wait). have a great day!


Hi Nai,

Thanks for the information. I'll put a disclaimer at the head of the post. When I went to eat at Utage, I noticed the Crab Tank. I actually thought it was a seafood market.

Thanks again!

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