I could eat Fried Saimin any time of day or night, it’s so ONO (delicious). WHOA! Did you hear that? That was my stomach, that’s how much I like this dish. I never thought to make it myself; back home in Hawaii you can get it even at the gas station. I know, I know the jokes about gas station food, but in Hawaii there’s a company that only makes grab-n-go foods for gas stations, and they are very good.
On our last trip home, every day we went to the beach, duh! And on the way I made DH stop to get something to take with us on our long days of baking in the sun; it was a tough job, but someone had to do it. A favorite place for me is Zippy’s, a family restaurant with take outs and at most locations a full service restaurant and bakery. I counted no less than 4 times I got Fried Saimin or noodles. When we got home I did several searches on the Internet and morphed a recipe I like, maybe you will too.
Fried Saimin or Noodles
1 pkg. fresh Yaki Soba noodles (I get JFC Intl. brand, no sauce included)
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
¼ C. Water
Prepare the noodles first, by heating the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium; add all 3 individual servings of noodles in along with the water. Wait a few minutes and loosen the noodles with tongs, tossing gently, until they are just warmed. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
Now let’s build:
½ – 1 C. matchstick Carrots (I buy the bagged stuff)
¼ of small Cabbage, shredded
½ of a pkg. Bean Sprouts (mung bean is best)
6-8 stalks Green Onion, chopped reserving some for garnish
1 6oz. pkg Kamaboko, sliced into large matchsticks (see photo below)
Approx. ½ lb. Char Siu or Chinese BBQ Pork, sliced (also see photo below)
Toss all of the above ingredients with the warm noodles.
You need a sauce:
½ C. Water
3 Tbsp. Soy Sauce (I go with Aloha brand Shoyu)
2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. Sesame Oil
<edit, I totally forgot> 1 tsp. – 1 Tbsp. Dashi, to taste
Combine your sauce and pour and toss with your noodles. Set aside to allow the sauce to be absorbed into your noodles mixture. <edit – So sorry, I forgot about the dashi or the dried soup mix that usually comes with a package of Asian-style noodles. If not, you can always look for that separately, it’s a great seasoning for other things too.>
Garnish with a handful of chopped Green Onion and more Char Siu. Serve warm or at room temperature. Leftovers are excellent for breakfast.
**Tasty Additions-crispy fried SPAM!!! Glorious SPAM!!