In our quest for Hawaii’s best burgers, I’ve had the opportunity to finally try something trendy. Remember when the Ramen Burger blew up a while back? Normally, it takes trends, be they food or fashion, ages to arrive out here in the middle of the ocean, and though I’m a bit late in telling you about it, this one came along right on time. Basically every other store front on my street is a ramen or saimin shop. And everything in between is a greasy Hawaiin bbq drive in. You know a ramen burger was bound to happen.
The version I’m showing you today is from L&L Drive In because that’s the fewest amount of steps between my house and a greasy burger slathered in a savoury sauce between two cakes of crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside saimin noodles. This burger can be a bit heavy. I’ve never managed to finish one. The textures are definitely interesting, though. I find that a ramen burger is much improved by a few dashes of sriracha. The spicy, acidic flavor brings another note that brightens up the flavor.
I still haven’t been able to determine the difference between ramen and saimin. The latter seems to be a bit thicker. If anyone knows, I’d love to be educated.
If you’re looking to try something new, I’d say a ramen burger is definitely worth a try. It’s not something I can’t live without, but it’s not something I remotely regret eating. They can be found all over Hawaii. Check your local Asian dive to see if you can get your hands on one.