Sustenance & more Sustenance. That’s what I’ve termed S&S Saimin, my favorite work lunch and overall resort-to meal. S&S has been a household name for Saimin in Hawaii for generations.
Itoen recently sold the brand to H&U Inc., dba Sun Noodle.
I’ve doctored the bowl shown above with Menma (marinated bamboo shoots). Otherwise it comes ready-to-serve in a bowl with FRESH noodles, powdered dashi soup base and all the garnishes including luncheon meat, Kamaboko, and green onions . Simply empty the dashi packet in, add boiling hot water, let it steep for about a minute or two and enjoy. Oishii!
The container bowl is made by a type of poly-styrofoam (with cover) that stands up to the microwave rather well. Since I keep them in the freezer, I usually have to nuke it after adding hot water to restore its heat.
They’re available in the refrigerator section at most Hawaii grocery stores, and also by “bulk” in a box of 12 (5.0 oz. each) for about $8.00. This yields you a “complete” meal for under 80 cents. What a deal! Even if you need to eat two to feel full (like me), that’s still cheap! Love it.
Before these ready-to-serve bowls came out, S&S Saimin was sold in basic form in sealed plastic bags with just the noodles and powdered dashi. You had to add your own garnishes. I’m glad they stepped on the convenience wagon and made it so easy now to enjoy a good bowl of Saimin.
Now that Sun Noodle is running the ship, I hope they take note and do the same thing with their fresh Ramen! Imagine being able to enjoy Chashumen with all the garnishes – just add hot water. That’d be awesome!
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