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Best Asian Noodle Joints on Maui - HOP to it

Whether fried, boiled or baked, Maui features some fantastic noodle dishes
October 06, 2017

Noodle dishes and bowls come in all shapes and sizes. While Oahu may have some of the best ramen restaurants in the world, Maui definitely doesn't. But ramen isn't the only noodle dish in town. Maui does have excellent saimin, a local noodle soup, a bit like ramen, with a simple, cleaner broth. You can find saimin at most "local" food joints. Maui also has good Thai and Vietnames food, if you know where to look. Finally, Maui features the single best dry mein noodles in the state. Some of our favorite places are off the beaten path, but if you seek them out, you'll be rewarded.

  1. Star Noodle (Lahaina)
    Because of its fantastic food, fair prices, west side location and national buzz, Star Noodle has quickly risen to the top of the tourist food destination list on Maui. If you dismiss it because it's too trendy, you would be making a big mistake. Our two favorite noodle dishes are the Singapore Noodles, a spicy, curry noodle dish with lots of shrimp and chicken and the simple, yet flavorful garlic noodles. No matter what time you go, we recommend you make reservations. (Star Noodle)

  2. Sam Sato's (Wailuku)
    The best single noodle dish on Maui is Sam Sato's dry mein. Though it's served in a ramen bowl, it's called "dry" because the saimin noodles are presented with no broth. The noodles are combined with a mixture of shoyu (soy sauce,) oil, spices, char siu (pork,) sprouts and green onions. No matter what time you go to Sam Sato's, you'll probably run into a line. They are only open from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. (Sam Sato)

  3. Thai Mee Up (Kahului)
    This food truck, open for lunch M - F across from Costco, makes simple, yet delicious pad thai. Though this article is about noodles, we would be remiss not to mention the panang curry with either chicken or shrimp. It's really good. The owner/chef Tom Sribura cooked at Mama's Fish House for 20 years before he ventured out on his own. Thai Mee Up was featured on the hit Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives". (Thai Mee Up)

  4. Matsu Restaurant (Kahului)
    Serving authentic Japanese food from what is, ostensibly, a double-wide trailer, Matsu may not look like much, but the food is spot on. For noodles, we absolutely love the tempura udon. The noodles are nice and thick, the broth light and flavorful and the tempura shrimp is perfectly crisp. A favorite amongst locals for over 30 years, we're starting to see more visitors, especially from the nearby cruise ship. (Matsu Restaurant)

  5. Ramen Ya (Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului)
    If you must get a cheap bowl of ramen on Maui, Ramen Ya is the best of the bunch. While the pork-based ramens are not very flavorful, the spicy ramen has a serious kick. The shoyu ramen is also OK. Given their name, it's not the ramen where Ramen Ya shines. Instead, it's the seafood crispy noodles that really stand out. It's a massive plate of noodles and seafood that you'll be taking home for leftovers. Located in the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Ramen Ya does tend to fill up fast at lunchtime. Don't be surprised to find yourself waiting for a table. (Ramen Ya)

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Blogs for October 2017

Best Malasadas on Maui - HOP To It

Posted on October 17, 2017

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Best Farmers Markets on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 16, 2017


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Safe Snorkeling in Maui

Posted on October 14, 2017


Known for the warm, clear waters and colorful marine life, it would be a shame if you missed the unique opportunity of snorkeling in Maui. Enjoyable for all ages, snorkeling offers the chance to glimpse at a whole other world built just under the water’s surface! Whether… Continue Reading

Classic Hawaiian Cookbooks - HOP to it

Posted on October 12, 2017


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Best Food Trucks on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 11, 2017


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Fun Facts About the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Posted on October 08, 2017

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The Harmful Effects of Sunscreen on our Oceans

Posted on October 07, 2017


Sunscreens have been making headlines lately due to their contribution to coral bleaching and ocean acidification. Coral bleaching is the phenomenon whereby coral loses its color and rejects symbiotic organisms, essentially killing the coral. While rising sea temperatures are the main culprit behind coral bleaching, researchers believe… Continue Reading

Best Asian Noodle Joints on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 06, 2017

Noodle dishes and bowls come in all shapes and sizes. While Oahu may have some of the best ramen restaurants in the world, Maui definitely doesn't. But ramen isn't the only noodle dish in town. Maui does have excellent saimin, a local noodle soup, a bit like ramen,… Continue Reading

Best Tide Pools on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 05, 2017


Maui is blessed with miles and miles of sandy beaches. Not all beaches, though, have tide pools. In fact, most don't have them. But when you come across a great tide pool, you can use it as an ecological teaching moment for children or just enjoy the… Continue Reading

Best Golf Courses on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 04, 2017

Maui is home to many fine golf courses, far more than the five listed here. With the exception of one, all of the courses here are public. The one club that is private offers one-day guest memberships for visitors. From courses that double as PGA stops to municipal courses with… Continue Reading

Best Tropical Gardens on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 03, 2017


While it seems odd to spend money to see plants and flowers on Maui when they are so prevalent for free, sometimes it's helpful to see all the different types of flora in one location. For you Instagrammers, tropical gardens present excellent flower photo and selfie opportunities.… Continue Reading

Best Coffee Shop on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 02, 2017


A good coffee shop is somewhere you want to nest, a place where you can do anything from check your email to chat with friends. For this list, we aren't talking about the best coffee. Instead, we are talking about are the best places to enjoy coffee.… Continue Reading

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