Welcome To Taste of States a place where we celebrate the weird and wonderful food of the United States of America. This can be everything from the snacks that are available for a limited time to the foods that are classic traditions at events such as Christmas and Thanksgiving! Each week we will explore the facts and the history surrounding a different food.
When you visit McDonald’s in a different country you always come across menu items that are regional or relevant to the area. There is one place however that started this trend in the fast food chain and that is the state of Hawaii and that is where we are going today in Taste of States to explore the world of their Saimin.
First of all, lets talk about what Saimin actually is. It is noodle soup dish that was developed by different groups of people that moved to Hawaii. It is inspired by Japanese ramen, Chinese Mein and Filipino Pacit. The soup is noodles bathed in a hot dashi and is garnished with green onions, kamaboko, cha siu, sliced spam, linguia and nori.
The McDonald’s Saimin is apparently on the secret menu in the Hawaii chain of this restaurant. Apparently it was introduced in the 1960s and was the first local dish to be added to any Mcdonalds menu.
Even though it may not be on their official menu you can still order it for $4.99 and it comes in a pot filled with the soup. Many people have tried the soup and some people have given it good reviews as it is light and refreshing and easy to drink.