Spam is a wonderful thing, I’m talking about the canned meat, not that junk in your email box. In Hawaii, we make something called Spam Musubi (moo-sue-bee), it’s something like sushi I guess you could say.
I knew that Spam became very popular there during World War II, as well as much of the Pacific. The USArmy found that it was the most effect way to get meat to the soldiers.
I did a Google search on Spam and was simply fascinated. I won’t do any lengthy copy&paste for you, I’ll just hyperlink the Wikipedia article for you to read. One fact I do want to point out to you though, in the United States, Hawaii residents consume the most Spam per capita. Do I still count?
Teriyaki Spam Musubi
5 ½ – 6 cups cooked medium grain white Rice
1 can Spam, sliced equally into 8 pieces
2 sheets of Musubi Nori
¼ cup Brown Sugar
½ cup Soy Sauce (I love low sodium Aloha Shoyu)
1 Garlic clove, smashed
Steam the rice and allow to cool down enough to handle, but still warm.
In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients until the sugar dissolves, set aside.
In a dry skillet, brown the Spam well; set aside. Wipe out the pan, add in the sauce and bring to a bubble; add back in the spam, turning occasionally, until sauce thickens.
Time to assemble!
Place a piece a plastic wrap over a board. Cut each sheet of Nori in 4 equal pieces, there should be perforations to follow on the sheets. Place a piece of Nori down on the plastic and the Musubi form over the middle of it.
Fill the form with rice; press down very firmly with the top piece of the form that has been moistened with water. While still holding down the handle of the top, carefully remove the form and top piece.
Place a slice of Spam over the rice; wrap the Nori tightly over the Spam and rice, damping the last edge with water to ensure it sticks to itself.
Wrap tightly in the plastic wrap and set aside to cool.
Unwrap and enjoy a little piece of Hawaii, preferable at the beach! Back home, these yummy treats are enjoyed anytime of day or night. They can be found just about anywhere, even at gas stations.