Plantation Style Food: Sam Sato's

Maui Style!

I'm always asked how the food combinations of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, etc. got put together all on one plate? Going back to the plantation days, it was the plantation workers who shared their lunches with each other.

Sam Sato's
Still family owned and operated

It's off the beaten path and pretty much all local customers
(so you know it's a good place)

No line today, so let's see
what Jay Eats...

Sam Sato's is famous
for their Dry Saimin
with char sui (BBQ pork), bean sprouts, and green onions

Saimin is a noodle soup originated in Hawaii during the plantation days. It's a mix of Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino ingredients brought together to form a unique dish not found in Asia.

If you've followed my Hawaii Food Adventures, you know that I LOVE Saimin! Having spent summers in Hawaii growing up, saimin it's like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch outside of Hawaii.

But, Sam Sato's is known for their dry style, you can order with a cup of broth if you'd like. In keeping with tradition, I prefer having it the way it was made famous...

Chow Fun
Another Sam Sato's favorite of mine

Chow Fun is a stir fried Cantonese dish, made with a wide rice noodles, bean sprouts, greens, and char sui (BBQ pork).

A favorite growing up...

But this is what I came to Sam Sato's for...

Dry Saimin and teri beef sticks!

Lunch Specials

Also serves Breakfast,
but I always go for the Dry Saimin

They're also known for their manju and turn-overs. Sorry, no pictures...
Manju is a sweet pastry and Sam Sato's sells a lot of them, there is a case right when you walk in...Get them to go when you leave or if not many in the case, get them when you get there...

Sam Sato's
1750 Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
(808) 244-7124
Closed Sundays

Meals: 7 am to 2 pm
Manju Pick Up: 7 am - 4 pm

A Maui Favorite!


NOTE: I was a guest of the Maui Visitors Bureau and their partners.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats
©Jay Terauchi


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