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Off Track: Here’s why saimin is so good

November 1, 2020

From the Frolic Hawaii website

Judging from the Facebook comments on a recent repost of Mari Taketa’s “What is it about saimin?”, it is safe to say that not liking saimin is very unpopular. Less popular than rail. Less popular than TMT. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a one-sided reaction to such an honest and harmless opinion about food!

The reaction speaks to the fierce loyalty Hawaii residents have toward their unique version of Asian noodles in a bowl. Mari wondered if saimin as a dish is worthy of this loyalty, or is our loyalty a product of nostalgia and saimin’s hallowed history? A lot of people were upset by the question, but no one was answering it.

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