Spam musubi bowl.
I've tried explaining to people what Spam
musubi is, and the only description I can come up with is this: "It's
Hawai'ian sushi made with Spam, instead of fish." It's salty and sweet and
tasty, oh so tasty. In Hawai'i, you can find it in gas stations,
convenience stores and grocery stores. It's usually lukewarm from
sitting out. I guess that the shelf life of Spam is longer than say, a
tuna sandwich. This recipe is my take on Spam musubi, but in bowl form. It
makes it feel more like a meal, rather than a snack. The sauce is
similar to a terriyaki sauce, but slightly sweeter because of the
pineapple juice. When I eat this, I want to run across the ocean
Forrest-Gump/Jeebus-style to Hawai'i.
Prep time: ~10 minutes
Total cooking time: ~60 minutes
- 1 can Spam cut into 1 inch x 1/4
inch x 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 tbsp cooking oil (peanut or sesame
- 2 cups sushi rice
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (or 1/4 cup
sugar and 1/4 cup water)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 large chunk of fresh, peeled
- 1/2 cup nor cut into 1 inch x 1/4
- (Optional) Green onion cut into
- Sharp knife for chopping
- Cutting board
- Wok or pan
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Rice cooker
- Add cooking oil to wok and heat on medium-high until oil starts
to ripple. Add the Spam pieces and cook until Spam is slightly
crispy on the outside. Set Spam aside.
- Add the rice and 2 1/2 cups water the rice cooker and start rice
cooking. The rice should be ready by the time the sauce is reduced
and the Spam has cooked in the sauce a bit.
- Add pineapple juice, soy sauce, mirin, rice wine vinegar, simple syrup
(or sugar and water) and ginger chunk to the wok and keep on medium
high. Bring to a rolling boil. The goal is to cook down this
mixture/sauce until it has reduced by slightly more than half. This will take
between 20 to 45 minutes, depending on how hot your stove gets. For
example, my stove is more like a warm summer day than the deepest
recesses of Hades, so it takes much longer to reduce liquids. While
the mixture is reducing, it will get bubbly and look similar to
- Continue reducing sauce until it has reduced by slightly more
than half and remove ginger chunk. Add the Spam to the wok and
reduce heat to medium. Cook the Spam in the sauce for approximately
or longer (the longer you cook the Spam in the sauce, the crispier
it gets). Stir semi-frequently.
- Add a scoop of cooked rice to a bowl. Top rice with nori (to
taste). Spoon some of the Spam and sauce over the rice and nori.
- (Optional) Add green onions.
The green onions are optional because it is not a flavor in Spam musubi. However, the crisp, brightness of the green onion is a nice
complement to the rice, Spam and sauce.
- (Optional) For an extra saturation of awesomeness, add a couple
eggs into the bowl.
- Put food in your face.
- Wish you were in Hawai'i, sipping on a Mai Tai under the banyon