Fried Saimin with Plant-Based Char Siu

Bowl of fried noodles, vegetables and vegan char siu meat
If you grew up in Hawai'i, you know it's not a party until someone brings fried saimin! This is a savory and flavorful dish that will help you clean out your fridge and use up your veggies!

Fried Saimin

  • 2 packets of saimin noodles of choice, cooked, drained and cooled
  • 1/2 a medium onion, cut into thin slices
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon liquid aminos
  • Optional: Plant-based egg, cooked and cut into thin strips

Plant-based Char Siu

  • 1 cup soy curls
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon liquid aminos
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon five spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 cloves finely minced garlic
  • Optional: red food coloring or concentrated beet juice for color
  1. Prepare the char siu: Mix all the char siu ingredients except the soy curls in an airtight container until well-combined. Add the soy curls and marinate overnight. When ready, remove soy curls and roast for 20 minutes in a 350° oven or until soy curls start to brown. Note: You can skip this step completely if you want a more tender char siu.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat with a bit of oil or veggie broth. Add char siu to the pan and sear for about 5 minutes or until slightly crispy.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, cabbage, carrots, green onions and plant-based egg to the pan and heat until onions are fragrant and soften up.
  4. Add the cooked saimin noodles to the pan. Use tongs to ensure the noodles are evenly distributed.
  5. Add liquid aminos to the noodles and stir to coat everything.
  6. Turn off the heat, serve and enjoy!