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The Best Local Style Saimin? Shige's Fo' Shizzle!

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With the rarefied (cold) air we've been facing these last few months, I thought now was as good a time as any to feature one of my favorite local style saimin spots to help keep us warm...

All my life, I grew up a townie. Living in the Salt Lake, Punahou, Kahala and Hawaii Kai areas, I was spoiled by the sun and all its glory. With parks and beaches always just minutes away, cold weather was as foreign to me as mouthwash is to a Maltese.

After working in the higher elevations of Central Oahu for almost 10 years now, I've come to realize that there actually is this thing others refer to as seasons. Not quite winter snow, spring colors, summer heat and fall leaves, but "hot around June" and "cold around December" is about the extent of it.

Aside from "bundling up," which in Hawaii means long pants and a long sleeve, the next best thing you can do to battle these "extreme" conditions is to eat or drink something warm. So why not do both with noodles and soup?

Shige's Saimin Stand is just the place.

Shige's Saimin Stand Sign
Shige's Saimin Stand Sign

Located in the heart of Wahiawa, Oahu, Shige's is, to me, the best local style saimin around. Notice how I said "local style" though? There is a distinct difference between local style saimin and Japan kine rahmen and comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. But on the real, Shige's, on either list, is in my top 3.

Note: Apologies to those who love Hamura's in Kauai or even some of the ones I haven't been to yet like Sam Sato's or Hanafuda in Maui or Nori's in the Big Island... Shige's rules and everyone else drools. :P

At Ross and JoAnn Shigeoka's shop, their trademark flat noodles are actually homemade and made fresh daily. Check out Kim's October, 2005 article for a look behind the scenes. Initially, I was simply in love with the saimin and tasty soup base, but after learning that the noodles were homemade, I grew another layer of appreciation for this island specialty.

Another one of the pleasant delights of Shige's is their hours. They close at 10PM during the week and stay open 'til MIDNIGHT on Fridays and Saturdays. If you've got that late night craving/itch, they're ready and open for you and if you've never tried Shige's before, you now have no excuse.

Shige's Saimin Stand Hours
Shige's Saimin Stand Hours

Alas, we've come to my favorite part... da grindz!

Shige's Menu
Shige's Menu

Shige's menu is quite simple. For saimin, you've got your choice of their regular saimin, wunton mein or vegetable saimin in two sizes: small and large. They've got other items including burgers, sandwiches, bbq sticks and select plate lunches, but to me, the saimin is the way to go. Going to Shige's and not ordering saimin is like going to McDonald's and buying a salad. Borrrrrrring!

My personal favorite is their large wunton mein. Unlike those other noodle shops around town who seem to dominate their saimin dishes with toppings rather than noodles, Shige's is quite generous with their noodle portions. I find comfort in knowing that when I leave Shige's, my hunger will be completely and utterly satisfied.

Shige's Large Wunton Mein
Shige's Large Wunton Mein

If I am feeling really daring, I lose the battle of the bulge and splurge on a homemade hamburger as well. Dem buggahs probably raise my cholesterol by 50 points, but the soft, buttery bun and lusciously juicy patty lure me in with their inviting ways.

Shige's Hamburger
Shige's Hamburger

The best part of the entire Shige's experience is when you receive your bill. All dishes retain their old school prices and fall under $6, and, depending on the size of your party and your appetite, your total usually never exceeds $20!

To recap:

  • Shige's Gem #1: Ono grindz fo battle da cold weather
  • Shige's Gem #2: Homemade, fresh noodles l'dat
  • Shige's Gem #3: Dey stay open late kine
  • Shige's Gem #4: Dey geev choke
  • Shige's Gem #5: Ho da cheap!

Delicious, keeps you warm, homemade, fresh, convenient, filling AND cheap??? I'll drink (soup) to that!

Shige's Saimin Stand
70 Kukui Street
Wahiawa, HI 96786 (map)
(808) 621-3621
Mon-Thu: 10am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 10am-midnight
Closed Sundays

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worldwideed — Monday, April 16, 2007
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[PREVIOUS COMMENTS] Name: geekgirl Remote Name: 150.137.68.66 Date: Thursday, February 01, 2007 Time: 11:35 AM Feedback YES!! Shige's is DA BES kine saimin around! I usually get the small wun tun min and a teri burger on the side. They have to roll me out the door! *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Friday, February 02, 2007 Time: 11:48 AM Feedback I hear ya geekgirl... I hear ya! *************************************************************************** Name: Pahoa Remote Name: 70.95.57.138 Date: Sunday, February 04, 2007 Time: 06:29 PM Feedback Yes, Shige is a great place to eat especially if you are saimen lover. My son and I would patronize the place often. I also patronize Shiro's but the reporter is right so much garnishes. Shige is like the old fashion way. When we were growing up. Like the old Mom and Pop places. And great sandwiches. I live in Kahuku and that is the closest besides going to Kaneohe. Mahalo *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Monday, February 05, 2007 Time: 08:13 AM Feedback Mahalo for your feedback Pahoa. *************************************************************************** Name: Q Remote Name: 67.49.114.52 Date: Monday, February 05, 2007 Time: 10:23 AM Feedback OK Ed. I thought we had this conversation. Hamura's is hands down the best. Remember the mad face? *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Monday, February 05, 2007 Time: 04:22 PM Feedback LOL! Come to O-town and we'll check out Shige's together Kenj-dawg! You'll come around yo... *grin* *************************************************************************** Name: Hamma Remote Name: 70.95.56.24 Date: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 Time: 08:30 AM Feedback OK Ed...Your column was excellent! Whenever a person can read an article that makes them want to run out of the house to get a bowl of noodles...that is good journalism. I was kinda bummed when Forty niners in Aiea closed down. I've tried Palace Saimin in Kalihi, and Nancy's Kitchen in Waipio Gentry is pretty good too. But I am now ready for the Shige's Challenge. I will report back after my mission is complete. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 Time: 11:16 AM Feedback Thanks for the kind words Hamma (love the name BTW)... Yeah, Forty Niners was good. Never tried Palace and have been to Nancy's but didn't know their saimin was where it was at. I should try it next time. Anyway, yeah, let us know how your Shige's experience goes. Name: Hamma *************************************************************************** Remote Name: 70.95.56.24 Date: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 Time: 02:16 PM Feedback Hi Ed, Just returned from our mission at Shige's. My wife kept telling me throughout the entire lunch that it was the BEST saimin she has ever tasted in her life. We paid the dollar extra to add extra vegetables, which was well worth the price. I remembered what you said about eating too much, therefore we ordered a teri cheeseburger and shared it. The waitress told us that even their hamburger patties are homemade from scratch. Overall, our dining experience at Shige's was everything you described plus more. Thank you again for turning us on to this awesome restaurant. You are DA MAN. *************************************************************************** Name: 808taco Remote Name: 204.210.108.44 Date: Thursday, February 08, 2007 Time: 10:02 AM Feedback Eh Ed! Afta reading da column I stay hungry fo saimin! Good writing! Tanks aah! *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Thursday, February 08, 2007 Time: 03:46 PM Feedback Wow Hamma... that was fast! I'm glad you guys enjoyed it though and more importantly, I'm happy that you now have another delish eating option for the late night cravings! :) *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Thursday, February 08, 2007 Time: 03:46 PM Feedback Mahaloz 808taco. Go check um out go check um go... *************************************************************************** Name: rranger Remote Name: 70.95.73.157 Date: Thursday, February 08, 2007 Time: 09:36 PM Feedback I definitely agree with your comments about Shige's saimin & their hamburgers...real ono. But they've got a couple of other things that our family always get, that you folks should try...their hamburger steak & teriyaki steak plates. Their hamburger steak comes with a real ono brown gravy (which also makes their loco moco outstanding), and their teriyaki steak has a real good strong teri flavor. If I ever crave for both plates at the same time, then I get the mini version of each to satisfy my hunger. Geez, I'm getting hungry already! *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Friday, February 09, 2007 Time: 09:37 AM Feedback Wow rranger! That is a serious appetite. You put me to shame! :) Thanks for the tips! *************************************************************************** Name: Al Remote Name: 70.95.66.168 Date: Friday, February 09, 2007 Time: 09:45 AM Feedback Shige's saimin its the best there is, its soup or should I say saimin for the soul. Thank you for your awesome service. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Friday, February 09, 2007 Time: 01:54 PM Feedback You're welcome Al. Glad you enjoyed it! *************************************************************************** Name: Liana Remote Name: 24.25.248.108 Date: Friday, February 09, 2007 Time: 04:29 PM Feedback Mahalo for the article. I spent most of my teenager dayz in Wahiawa and I've been to Shige's a few times... loved it. A few days ago a friend of mine mentioned eating there recently... that brought back memories and now after seeing your article... I think that this is my sign to go there with my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the hours too... we will probrably go there tonite. *************************************************************************** Name: JoAnn Serrano Remote Name: 66.91.107.222 Date: Saturday, February 10, 2007 Time: 10:28 AM Feedback i love you r guys saimen it's the best out of the town of wahiawa *************************************************************************** Name: Vicky Remote Name: 72.130.199.151 Date: Saturday, February 10, 2007 Time: 02:00 PM Feedback I agree with you that Shige's is awesome, but I also want to say, part of the Shige's experience is going there and being treated by the employees as family....that rounds out the whole Shige's environment *************************************************************************** Name: Hamma Remote Name: 70.95.56.24 Date: Sunday, February 11, 2007 Time: 06:59 PM Feedback I agree with Vicky when she said they treat you like family at Shige's, After lunch, we asked them if they had a bathroom. The young waitress said...No I'm sorry we don't, but go ahead and use our bathroom in the back. Whoa! Now that's what I call treating people like family. They made me feel so comfortable, I almost wanted to go in the kitchen and help wash dishes. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Monday, February 12, 2007 Time: 11:17 AM Feedback No problem Liana. Enjoy your time with your family! :) *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Monday, February 12, 2007 Time: 11:18 AM Feedback Thanks for the feedback JoAnn Serrano. Hopefully, the folks at Shige's reads your comment. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Monday, February 12, 2007 Time: 11:19 AM Feedback I couldn't agree with you more Vicky. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Monday, February 12, 2007 Time: 11:22 AM Feedback You're back Hamma! :) *************************************************************************** Name: hannah Remote Name: 66.8.134.177 Date: Monday, February 12, 2007 Time: 06:48 PM Feedback thanxs fo da onolicious food shige. i'd go there any time. i love ur hamburger stake. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Time: 11:14 AM Feedback Thanks for the feedback hannah. *************************************************************************** Name: joe Remote Name: 70.95.66.168 Date: Thursday, February 15, 2007 Time: 07:27 PM Feedback aloha my braddas i totally agree with all the comments above ed, its a gethering place for the whole ohana, keep up da aloha spirit and mahalo much for everything. see you soon... *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Friday, February 16, 2007 Time: 02:00 PM Feedback Mahaloz for the feedback joe. *************************************************************************** Name: soccermom Remote Name: 24.165.63.156 Date: Monday, February 19, 2007 Time: 03:47 PM Feedback You've thrown down the challenge...Hamura's vs. Shige's. Though I've grown up with Hamura's from small kid time, I will make the trek to Wahiawa to give Shige's a chance. Hard to resist the pictures and comments...you make it seem so real...gotta chance the saimin for the true experience. Hamura's is the purist saimin haven, no additives, nothing but noodles and meat sticks. Can Shige's beat that? We'll see. Going drive to Wahiawa right now. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Time: 10:51 AM Feedback LOL! Hamura's vs. Shige's eh soccermom? Please return and let us know how it went! :) *************************************************************************** Name: akimseu Remote Name: 129.33.119.12 Date: Friday, February 23, 2007 Time: 05:03 PM Feedback Their wun tun min is da BOMB, but let's not forget about the Fried Noodles. Have the noodles with the burger, now that's a WIN-A combination. *************************************************************************** Name: Ed Date: Monday, February 26, 2007 Time: 03:59 PM Feedback You know, for the number of times I've been there, I've never tried the fried noodles because I'm sooo hooked on the saimin! I guess I should try that one day... Thanks for the tip akimesu.


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loloboy — Monday, June 4, 2007
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I've been to Hamura's & Shige's and they are both terrific, but each uses a little bit different type of noodle. I took my family to Shige's last summer and they felt it was the best saimen that they've ever had. In saying that, however, Hamura's is terrific, too (my family has not been to Hamura's).


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worldwideed — Tuesday, June 5, 2007
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Mahalo for the feedback loloboy. I've tried both Shige's and Hamura's and to me there's no contest, but I'll bite my tongue before I upset all the Kauaians out there! :)



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