The ultimate hangover cure and the perfect comfort food during Hawaii's mild winters, saimin ranks at the top of the list of local favorites. In fact, it's one of the few dishes deemed truly local, having been highlighted in cookbooks since the 1930s. Saimin is an Asian-style noodle soup so ubiquitous, it's even on McDonald's menus statewide. In mom-and-pop shops, a large melamine bowl is filled with homemade dashi, or broth, and wheat-flour noodles and then topped off with strips of omelet, green onions, bright pink fish cake, and char siu (Chinese roast pork) or canned luncheon meat, such as SPAM. Add shoyu (the "local" name for soy sauce) and chili pepper water, lift your chopsticks, and slurp away.
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