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Shiro’s Saimin Haven

October 19, 2014

Shiro’s recipes stand the test of time

After nearly five decades in operation, Shiro’s Saimin Haven boasts a menu that reads unlike any other. With nearly 70 different types of saimin alone, the eatery offers truly endless options of local favorites. Founded by the late Franz Shiro Matsuo, known by locals simply as “Mistah Saimin,” Shiro’s invites all to try the classics…

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August 24, 2014

Aiea’s ‘Haven’ of local-style comfort

When Franz Shiro Matsuo, known affectionately as “Mistah Saimin,” first opened Shiro’s Saimin Haven in 1969 at Aiea Bowl, to share his wildly delicious comfort foods, Hawaii’s diners instantly took to his creative renditions of saimin and other island favorites. More than 40 years later, the late founder’s legacy lives on, as his family continues…

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July 20, 2014

Shiro’s legacy lives on

For a restaurant, there is perhaps nothing more rewarding than the sight of customers leaning back in satisfaction after ravaging their plates down to the very last morsel. Such is often the case at Shiro’s Saimin Haven, where saimin and local favorites of the highest quality dominate the menu. Founded by “Mistah Saimin,” Franz Shiro…

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June 15, 2014

A slurp of saimin history

Shiro’s Saimin Haven in Waimalu Shopping Center has served tasty bowls of local history since 1969. With locations in Waipahu and Ewa, Shiro’s expansive menu builds upon “Mistah Saimin” Franz Shiro Matsuo’s dream. “Matsuo spent years working in restaurants, but wanted his own,” says Bryce Fujimoto, Matsuo’s grandson and restaurant manager. “He started with the…

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A Whole Lotta Wonton

Happy Mother’s Day, Ono fanatics! Let’s get right to it, because this week I am beyond excited to share my love for a dish that remains so close to my heart. My passion for food abounds now more than ever, and it’s time to share my obsession with wonton soup. So, you all know just…

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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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