Great Debate: Curly vs. flat saimin noodles

Great Debate: Curly vs. flat saimin noodles

It’s not breaking news: people in Hawaii love their noodle dishes.

And we’re not afraid to debate them, either.

Case in point: Nonstop’s Mari Taketa (@nonstopmari) sparked a spirited online debate with her blog about saimin — and how much she doesn’t like it.

Ask anyone from the Islands and they’re tell you where to get the best saimin, ramen, oxtail soup, pad Thai, pho, chow mein. You name a noodle dish, and local folks will have something to say.

Even when it comes down to the noodles themselves.

I was talking with Rainbow Drive-In owner Jim Gusukuma the other day and he mentioned that he switched the saimin noodles he had been serving from flat to curly noodles.

“It makes a difference,” he said, smiling.

Is that true? Do noodles make that much of a difference? And are saimin noodles — slightly thicker than fine Chinese egg noodles and ideally a bit chewy — really better curly?

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Your favorite books from childhood

Your favorite books from childhood

When I was a kid, my parents quickly discovered it didn’t work to punish me by sending me to my room.

Because that’s where I liked to be, lying on my futon bed and reading a book.

I would get lost in the mystery adventures of friends Hawkeye Collins and Amy Adams (books by and M. Masters) or Encyclopedia Brown (Donald J. Sobol) or get caught up in the drama of Ramona (Beverly Clearly) or the confusion of Amelia Bedelia (Peggy Parish).

But books did more than just entertain me. I actually learned a thing or two. For example, I learned perseverance from “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper, how to organize my bedroom from “The Berenstain Bears” by Stan Berenstain, and what sanitary napkins were from “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume.

Books were my escape, my TV, my friend.

So when my pregnant girlfriend — and fellow book lover — posted a call-out on Facebook for names of our favorite childhood books, I decided to turn it into a blog post.

I mean, I couldn’t possibly list them all there!

There are so many books that I fondly recall from childhood, from “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco to “Bunnicula” by James and Deborah Howe. There was the folky “Stone Soup,” recast by Ann McGovern, the charming “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans, the unforgettable “Tikki Tikki Tembo” by Arlene Mosel and, of course, anything by Dr. Suess.

These books only encouraged me to read more, and my collection grew to include the “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C. S. Lewis, the eerie tales by William Sleator, the satirical works of Kurt Vonnegut and the controversial — but, let’s face it, completely exciting — “Forever” by Judy Blume.

Because of my early introduction (and attachment) to books, I’ve grown into a voracious reader who reads nightly and scans everything from restaurant menus to cereal boxes. I’m a reading addict.

So to help my girlfriend start her unborn daughter’s collection of great reads, here’s a list of some of my favorites. And add yours, too!

  • “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
  • “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
  • “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  • “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume
  • “Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings” by Shel Silverstein
  • “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” by Harry Allard
  • “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
  • “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr
  • “Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion
  • “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Suess
  • “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
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Support Hawaii’s food trucks!

Support Hawaii’s food trucks!

Hawaii’s food trucks will go prime time on an upcoming episode of the Cooking Channel’s Eat Street, which is shooting on Oahu this week.

The show — a self-described “lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest and most irresistible street food” — will feature four of my favorite trucks through Thursday: Camille’s on Wheels (Monday), FlipT Out Eats (Tuesday), Opal Thai (Wednesday) and Pacific Soul (Thursday).

The show wants fans — real fans! — to come out and support the trucks by attending the shooting, scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. I’ll be the featured blogger on Wednesday at Opal — eating my favorite pad Thai noodles, of course — so head out to Haleiwa if you can!

And don’t forget Eat The Street is this Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. in Kakaako!

It should be Food Truck Week!

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Today’s happy shot

Dog owners are fathers, too!

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Today’s happy shot

A box of Spanish rolls from Nanding’s Bakery don’t last long around here.

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