As mentioned on my homepage for this Web site, no one can say definitively that saimin originated in this culture or that culture. Linguistically, some people may note that the word "min" in "saimin" can be interpreted as a variation of the Cantonese word "mein" meaning noodle and the word "sai," meaning small. Yet this is speculation. Someone could just as easily point out the Japanese words "ramen" and "somen" and note the similarity in endings: "min" versus "men."
Even professionals discussing the subject of saimin cannot seem to agree upon which culture saimin originated in. Consider the following examples:
"The Chinese brought egg noodles, and with them, the beloved Saimin was created, a noodle soup unique to Hawai'i."