Nori's has got some of the best saimin in the islands. Old style. Local style. The kind of saimin I remember from the 1960s, when I was growing up. It's getting trickier and trickier to find virtually unchanged local saimin these days. We have the popular and ubiquitous ramen -- which is not saimin. And we have pho from Vietnam and laksa and all sorts of trendy new sorts of noodle soups that you can purchase almost anywhere in the world these days. But saimin is genuine local cuisine. You're not going to find this amazing bowl of noodles anywhere else in the world, only in the Hawaiian Islands.
There are loads of places in Hawai'i that will serve you up a bowl of saimin. Some places have fast-food saimin in styrofoam cups. Some places have a saimin that's more like ramen. At Nori's, though, you will be served an authentic, and yummy, heartwarming, nourishing, colourful, flavourful bowl of unadulterated genuine local saimin! It's the best! A rare treat and well worth the stop.
Nori's can be a little tricky to find, so t if you get a bit lost, just remember that if you reach either Hualalai or Kukuau St, you've gone too far. It's tucked away partly underground in a small business complex. Don't let that deter you! This is a cultural and culinary experience not to be missed. Nori's staff are friendly and helpful, too. Be there -- aloha!
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