A “Haven” of Great Food

Digest Eat This

January 6, 2013

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas |

With the cold weather persisting, revisit the warmth of a steaming bowl of saimin at Shiro’s Saimin Haven — you have 65 options to choose from. Not to mention, you’ll feel right at home.

“The one thing that patrons will notice are the poems on the wall, and those were all written by Shiro himself,” shares vice president Aaron Lee.

With words of wisdom like: “If you cannot say nice things about others, keep your mouth shut and button your lips,” the personality of the restaurant’s namesake continues to warm the walls of the restaurant.

And when it comes to saimin, Shiro’s knows what it’s doing.

Lee recommends Spicy Beef Saimin with Won Ton ($8.45), which comes with vegetables and garnishes. Shiro’s also owns Five Star Noodle Factory where they make their own noodles, and the won ton is made in-house, something they just started doing last year. The spiciness of the dish is from the beef that is marinated and cooked in a special spicy sauce.

“It gives the saimin a different kind of flavor; the spicy sauce seeps into the broth,” says Lee.

Aside from its extensive saimin variations, Shiro’s also features a list of other entrees and local favorites. Lau Lau with Beef Stew ($9.25) was previously only offered as part of a special menu on Fridays, but is now made and offered daily because of its popularity. It is served with hot vegetables and your choice of rice, brown rice, french fries or mashed potatoes.

Another treat you’ll be in for: a jukebox that sits in the back of the restaurant where you can play three songs for a dollar.

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

98-020 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea
Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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