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Shiro’s Saimin Haven

Step Up to the Plate

September 10, 2017

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: FRIED RICE OMELET WITH PORK ADOBO ($9.55)

It’s safe to say that every meal from Shiro’s Saimin Haven, whether procured from the take-out window at Waimalu Shopping Center, enjoyed at one of its two dine-in establishments or savored through its catering services, is sure to be an unforgettable and delicious experience.

Often conjuring up nostalgic memories with each bite of the longstanding eatery’s selection of comfort foods, including any one of its noteworthy saimins, Shiro’s continues to be a mainstay for generations of kamaaina families.

A family-run business, Shiro’s began with founder Franz Shiro Matsuo, better known as “Mistah Saimin.” The focus of being a community restaurant remains true to this day, with Shiro’s donating and contributing to various local high schools and organizations, while also standing strong in the midst of the Aiea rail construction.

Both the Waimalu and Ewa Beach restaurants open early at 7 a.m., while the take-out window operates from 8 a.m. Each spot starts the day off right with yummy breakfast items, including Shiro’s fried rice options — such as Fried Rice with One Egg, Fried Rice Omelet and Fried Rice Omelet with Pork Adobo (or Mochiko Chicken). Diners also can substitute Shiro’s house-made fried rice in other breakfast meals for $1 more.

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