Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Saimin Recipe

A very popular dish in Hawaii, brought over from the Japanese immigrants.  This dish soon became a Hawaii staple. The basics of saimin are soba noodles and broth, topped with your choice of toppings such as a fried/scrambled egg, sliced cabbage, sliced roast pork,  and more. In the recipe I used a basic egg noodle made from scratch and kept the toppings simple.   

        If you do not have time to make from scratch, you can always purchase prepared soba noodles and prepared chicken broth. ( do not use RAMEN noodles ! Its yuck ! lol ) 

Basic Egg noodle w/ Turmeric Recipe.

1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, turmeric, and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten egg, and mix. Mixture should form a stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough out to desired thinness. Use machine or knife to cut into strips of desired width.
3. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add 4 quarts of water and salt; bring to a boil. Add  noodles and boil 4 to 6 minutes until al dente. Remove from heat, drain, and rinse under warm, running water.

 Just a few tips for the homemade noodles...
 I took a basic pasta recipe and added the optional ingredient Turmeric Powder for color and a little flavor. If you are using the kitchen aid Spaghetti pasta cutter attachment, be sure to roll out the dough up to level 3, if you make it any thinner, it will  tear. Also, after rolling out the dough let sit for at least before cutting, then when cutting hang to dry another 10 mins. Before cooking. 

Saimin Broth recipe


4 quarts water
1 tablespoon salt
4 cups Fresh or canned chicken broth or stock ( I make my own broth, always much better tasting!)
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
Toppings (see suggestions below)

In a large pot over medium-high heat, add chicken broth and ginger; bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add soy sauce and your favorite toppings; simmer for 5 minutes longer or until toppings are cooked. Remove from heat.

Place cooked  noodles in a large soup bowl; spoon broth mixture (with toppings) over the top and serve.

Topping Suggestions ( Choose your favorite):

Sliced Spam
Baked ham slices
Roast Pork slices
Sliced carrots
Shredded green cabbage,
Chopped bok choy
Sliced mushrooms
Green peas
Scrambled or fried egg
sliced green onions or scallions
Cooked small shrimp, peeled and deveined


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