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Sekiya's Keeping it Hot with Age-Old Noodle Dish
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Sekiya’s Keeping it Hot with Age-Old Noodle Dish

Story By Chris Fleck Photos By Nathalie Walker
May 8 - 14, 2011

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Sekiya’s has been around since 1934, and for decades generations of families have been able to enjoy a hearty serving of their favorite noodle dish — saimin.

  • At Sekiya's Restaurant and Delicatessen, the saimin tastes best when accompanied by barbecue sticks.
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Saimin — which has characteristics of Japanese udon, Chinese mein and Filipino pancit — is a simple noodle dish served in a warm broth, with vegetables and select meat choices.

“It is an age-old comfort food for everyone, it is something everyone enjoys, something we’ve had since we were kids,” says Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen owner Joy Morihara.

“Sekiya’s is a family restaurant, so my grandparents made saimin, my mother, my aunts and it has just continued on with me,” Morihara adds.

The specialty of Sekiya’s saimin dishes lie in the simplicity of the broth. Made from scratch, Sekiya’s mixes dried shrimp and char siu with vegetables and chicken broth. Served for lunch and dinner, Sekiya’s saimin is $4.75 for a small serving, $6.55 for a large and $8.65 for an extra large order.

When it comes to saimin, Morihara has one suggestion: “You always have to get a barbecue stick with your saimin. Your saimin is not complete without it.”

Open from morning till night, Sekiya’s also features a host of your local favorites, as well as Japanese traditional dishes and American food, like your classic hot fudge sundae.

Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen

  • Where
    • 2746 Kaimuki Avenue
    • Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Call
    • (808) 732-1656
  • Hours
    • 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Sunday – Thursday
    • 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    • Fridays and Saturdays