This Hawaiian inspired soup is called saimin. Sai means thin. This is a common fast food dish found in the Hawaiian islands. You can locate it at coffee shops even the local McDonald’s. Essentially this soup dish is a thin ramen noodle in a clear broth garnished with green onions, fish balls, bit of ham or cha siu (BBQ pork). Hey, maybe one day soon food trucks will be serving noodle soups in various combinations.
1 lb fresh saimin noodles or dried ramen
4 cups clear broth
1/2 cup fish balls
8 oz char sui, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1.In a large pot of boiling water, cook the saimin or ramen noodles for at least 4 min. Drain the noodles and divide evenly into 4 bowls.
2.In a small pot of boiling water, cook the frozen fish balls till done. Reserve.
3.Heat the broth till almost boiling and then scoop into the soup bowls.
4.Garnish your soup with fish balls, cha siu slices, spinach evenly into the 4 bowls. Serve with soy sauce or hot sauce.
Yields 4 servings.
Adapted from saveur.