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Shiro’s Saimin Haven

April 6, 2014

Saimin is Always on the Mind

It’s easy to take for granted the unique gastronomy of the Islands. For locals, it’s simply the local kind grinds we’ve grown up eating. Say the word “saimin” to Mainlanders and they might try to correct you: “Don’t you mean ramen?” While the noodle soup does give a nod to Japanese ramen, it also has…

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March 2, 2014

Shiro’s Saimin Serves Up Delicious Food for Thought

There is nothing that beats an indulgence for the soul — comfort food in an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. You’ll find all of this and more at Shiro’s Saimin Haven, which has been serving new and loyal patrons since 1969. “Customers are able to forget about the grind for a little…

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January 12, 2014

Saimin with Heart and Soul

Winter in the Islands is nothing to complain about, but from time to time we all seek solace for a little extra warmth and comfort. Such sentiments explain why many have been flocking to Shiro’s Saimin Haven for some of the best saimin this side of the Pacific. With a history dating back more than…

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December 1, 2013

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: SPICY BEEF SAIMIN WITH WUN TUN, VEGETABLES AND GARNISHES ($8.45) Growing up, being the curious and rambunctious child that I was, my mom always used to scold me and say, “Use your noodle!” I’ll not say that I always (okay, ever) took that advice, but one who…

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October 20, 2013

Shiro’s Remains ‘Numbah One’ in Saimin

For nearly 45 years, Shiro’s has stood as the first word in saimin. Since serving up its first bowl of piping-hot saimin in 1969, Shiro’s Saimin Haven has become a mainstay for multiple generations of Hawaii families. Shiro’s features convenient locations in Aiea at Waimalu Shopping Center as well as in Waipahu and Ewa Beach,…

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A Food Trip With Tripe

Tripe may be hard to stomach for some, as it is the stomach lining of an animal’s belly, after all, but sometimes we have to avert from our squeamish ways and take it all in full throttle. Beef tripe is the name of the game this week, and believe me, here at the following Ono,…

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August 4, 2013

Shiro’s Does a Number With Protein

The number of protein combinations at Shiro’s Saimin Haven may number in the innumerable. Listed at 65 items, even before getting to the entrees, new menu items, daily specials, sandwiches and breakfast options, the menu at the decades-old restaurant has nearly everything a person could want. You can even get two of your favorites in…

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Filipino Fiestas Begin with Adobo!

Mabuhay! Have you been to a Filipino gathering lately? Well, if not, you’re missing out — big time! Whether it be a birthday party or a dinner with family and friends, expect a feast. First and foremost, the spotlight shines on the cuisine, and that’s the only way to go about it! Culinary styles of…

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May 26, 2013

A Haven of Heavenly Starters

Who would think Shiro’s Saimin Haven would have appetizers? But, the fact they would have awesome homemade noodle dishes? Of course. Since 1969, the family-friendly eatery has dished out more than one million bowls of steaming broth and tender noodles, and with a massive menu of local favorites, the inclusion of pupus is obvious, but…

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April 8, 2013

Saimin, poetry and memories

Shiro’s Saimin Haven honors its founder Franz Shiro “Mistah Saimin” Matsuo with a Founder’s Day special on Tuesday, April 9 – enjoy the Small Saimin with Garnishes for only 94 cents all day long. The dish is normally priced at $3.85, but Shiro, who passed away last May would’ve turned 94 last month, so the…

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