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Where to find great saimin on Maui

House of Saimin
, Lahaina Center, 900 Front St., Lahaina, (808) 667-7572.  The one thing everybody always says about House of Saimin is that it’s open until 3 a.m.—so if you need a late-night saimin fix, you know where to go.  In addition, people like the haupia pie.

Waikapu on 30, 1486 Honoapiilani Hwy., Wailuku, (808) 242-1130. In the little town of Waikapu on Highway 30 (hence the name), you’ll find this local favorite, which also sells island-style foods, from shoyu chicken to laulau.  If you are standing by the cash register when an ambulance or fire truck sirens by, you get a coupon for a free hot dog.

All this bring us to the great exception, Sam Sato’s.saimin_maui_hawaii_food 

If you are looking for a classic soup bowl of saimin, you can get it at Sam Sato’s, but what’s famous here is the only-on-Maui delicacy, “dry” saimin.

Maui folks swear by this place.  Yvonne Biegel and Jessica Ferracane, authors of 50 Thrifty Maui Restaurants, recommend it highly, noting that the signature dry saimin is “the best remedy for a hangover that we’ve ever experienced.”  (Having hit the town with these two estimable ladies, we’ve occasionally needed a hangover cure ourselves.)

Hangover or not, dry saimin is far better—and less dry—than it sounds.  It does take a little explanation.  

Fortunately, last January HAWAII Magazine’s Sherie Char wrote up her first-person account, which you can read by clicking here.

If you know Maui saimin and have advice for Leanna, please comment here or on our HAWAII Magazine Facebook page.

Photos: Derek Paiva and Sherie Char

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