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Teri' Burger + Saimin Combo

Bob’s Bar-B-Que – Teriyaki Cheeseburger Deluxe and Saimin

Everyone has their favorite food combinations, whether it be bacon, eggs ‘n toast, soup ‘n crackers or steak and a loaded baked potato. Then of course there’s Burgers ‘n fries. But in Hawaii, we twist that latter combo a bit due to our asian influence by adding teriyaki sauce to our burgers and switching out fries for saimin. Yes, saimin.

The example you see pictured above is from Bob’s Bar-B-Que, where we enjoyed yet another fantastic lunch on the cheap yesterday.

Like most plate lunch joints, Bob’s offers the typical levels of burger finishes, starting with the basic, then graduating to cheese, teriyaki, along with the “deluxe” option which adds lettuce, tomato and onion to the deal. Of course, the difference with Bob’s is that it’s truly BAR-B-QUED! Meaning it’s flame-cooked over a a well-seasoned (I mean WELL SEASONED) grill. And you can really taste the difference here.

Just look at this perfect example of a Teriyaki Cheeseburger Deluxe…

Bob’s Bar-B-Que – Teriyaki Cheeseburger Deluxe, about $3.00 (great deal!)

Have a bite…

Bob’s Bar-B-Que – Teriyaki Cheeseburger Deluxe

I was a bit taken aback when discovering they served me none other than pre-packaged S&S Saimin, yet I’m cool with that. You know how much I love S&S Saimin!…

Bob’s Bar-B-Que – Saimin (S&S), $1.95

Note, Bob’s doesn’t offer the burger + saimin as a listed combo item on the menu, so you have to order it ala carte. No problem.

So what’s all the hype about eating a teriyaki burger with saimin? See, in contrast to french fries, which are heavy and greasy, saimin has that hot broth that helps break down the heaviness of the hamburger. That hot saimin broth acts like drinking hot tea after a heavy meal, helping to settle the stomach. The shoyu/sugar/ginger plus charred beef from the burger also perfectly compliments the dashi-based saimin broth. It’s really nice.

Yet the saimin’s not so empty like just drinking tea, as you also get the starch (fill) factor from the noodles, which act kinda’ like “wet” fries if you will. Then you get the accent from the Kamaboko (that pink and white thing) fish cake and Luncheon Meat, which add more savoriness to the meal. So ono. Easy 4 SPAM Musubi rating. Would be 5 if they made their own Saimin (and it was good).

Trust me, if you haven’t had a Teriyaki Burger with Saimin Combo before, next time you get the opportunity to order that, do it. Guaranz’ winnahz. Of course all you locals know where I’m coming from, but thought I’d share that with those who may not be aware of it.

This time Diner A ordered Bob’s Teri’ Beef Plate…

Bob’s Bar-B-Que – Teriyaki Beef Plate

Brah, this is one “mean” teri’ beef! Nicely glazed and char-grilled to perfection. Plus, the teri beef have quite a thick cut to them, not paper thin…

Bob’s Bar-B-Que – Teri’ Beef

Notice how the marinade has completely permeated through the cut. Diner E noted this was fantastic, yet still can’t top the late Washington Saimin when it comes to the ULTIMATE Teri’ Beef. Still, he gave this major “props”.Diner A gave his Teri Beef plate a solid 4 SPAM Musubi rating.

Diner E got his usual favorite, the Teri’ Beef and Shrimp Combo…

Bob’s Bar-B-Que – Teri Beef & Shrimp Combo

He gave this plate a solid 4 SPAM Musubi rating. He almost gave it a 5, yet I think his memories about Washington Saimin’s superior Teri’ Beef brought him back to “reality”. A-ha!

One change you’ll immediately notice the next time you visit Bob’s is that they have an extended parking lot now…

So no need worry about parking the next time the state workers’ vehicles tie up every stall in the main lot at lunch hour.

Teri’ Beef + Saimin Combo = winnahz!

Relate links:
Kalihi Eats: Bob’s Bar-B-Que – The Tasty Island

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12 thoughts on “Teri' Burger + Saimin Combo

  • May 9, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I give it a try when I am heading there. Like teri burger but no cheese in it for I want to taste the teriyaki sauce in meat more.

  • May 9, 2009 at 10:21 am

    FINALLY!! Finding parking during lunch hour was a pain in the okole. It’s good to know that we can finally park on the other side without an old man coming out and yelling at us.

    Never tried the teri burger and saimin combo idea. Maybe because I LOOOOOVE french fries too much.

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Heh. I was just there – for the first time in years – and had the teri cheeseburger deluxe WITHOUT the saimin. That was perfect, even without the onion. I fished that out and gave it to the DH, who had the baby back ribs. He said no more nuff meat and the mac salad had no taste.

  • May 9, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Bob’s rocks!!! My wife loves the teri beef and says it is da best on the island. Here is a little travel tip from my cuz – pick up a couple of teri beef sandwiches for your next flight to the mainland. They hold up well and still taste great even several hours later. Those sitting next to you will be jealous as they chop on a bag of pretzels!!

  • May 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    YUP saimin & hamburger! yumm! if you ever come to kauai u gotta try the keiki ali’i saimin with a delux hamburger (of course) @ the Imu Hut Cafe! . . . i think that’s where im gonna go eat hahahaha!

  • May 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Ate at Bob’ a few times. Definitely good teri hamburgers and teri meat! Trouble with my situation as work at Wheeler. Only time eat there was if there was training or a meeting at Ft. Shafter. My family on the weekends don’t want to drive down there to eat.

  • May 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    it is always packed when I drive by, will have to stop the next time, looks so good!

  • May 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Noodlegirl, I’ll keep that Shrimp burger recommendation in mind next time we go there.

    Kat, it was actually slow on this particular visit. Lot was wide open. It started to pick up when we left though (around 12 noon).

    Nate, I bet you’re really looking forward to that daily trek from Kaimuki to Wheeler AF.

    Kaleolani, Imu Hut Cafe, eh? Shoots, I’m there next time on the garden isle!

    Russ, indeed, their Teri Beef ROCKS!

    Soos, thanks for the tip on the baby back ribs. That’s something you either get totally right or TOTALLY WRONG. No gray area.

    Marvo, luckily Diner E bought a tray of their GIANT FRIES to share with us, so I had the best of both!

    Erica, I hear you on the cheese masking flavors, yet somehow I think american cheese actually brings out the flavor of the teriyaki even more, but that’s just me.

  • May 11, 2009 at 6:03 am

    pomai – can’t wait! yeah, right! one consolation would the good food available in Wahiawa, especially the chocolate cream pie from Sunny Side, kalbi from Seoul Inn, meat jun from Dong Yang, roast duck noodle soup from Chung Shan, garlic pasta from JR Spaghetti, saimin from Shige’s – I wonder if they are all still there?

  • May 28, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Just catching up with your site for my “cheap trip back” — ahhh, gotta love a place you can get a combo with burgers and saimin! *sob* we miss it so much…

  • February 9, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Just started reading your blog. Good Job! Love your stories and critiques!

    Just an update on Bob’s Bar B Que…Went for dinner last night and was a bit disappointed. Teri Beef was not like your picture! It was thin and tough! The upside is that they gave a lot of food. However, the teri beef was SALTY, tough and thin. Very C&C kind of food! They had a lot of other choices but we went for the teri beef. Don’t think I’ll ever return to try the other stuff on their menu!

    Keep up the good work!


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