The other day I had to run an errand out in Waipahu.
So, of course, I started thinking of places to eat.
The last time I had been out there, I picked up a few things from Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering, my go-to spot when I’m on that side of the island. But I wanted to try something different.
That last time, I noticed an old-time drive-in on Pupukahi Street. Leeward Drive-Inn (94-209 Pupukahi St., 808-671-7323) has been around since 1964 and it’s known for one of my mom’s favorite dishes: fried noodles.
So I picked her up and we drove out there.
Just about everyone in line was ordering something and fried noodles. And I can totally see why. The noodles ($5.49) here are simple — just kamaboko (fishcake), char siu and green onions. That’s it. Simple and delicious.
While people rave about the noodles here, I’ve heard that Sato Okazuya, right down the street, has even better fried noodles. (This came from a customer at Leeward Drive-Inn.) We called and the little shop was sold out by 11 a.m. (It closes at 1 p.m.)
It got me thinking: what is it about fried noodles — or fried saimin — that we love so much? And what makes a good dish?
And more important, who’s got the best?
So that’s your assignment, Dishers! Find the best fried noodles! Post your results here!