Spam Musubi is a popular snack in Hawaii that has become an iconic dish. It’s a mix of Eastern and Western flavors, combining the salty-sweet taste of Spam with the nutty-savory flavor of rice. The dish is believed to have originated in the late 1970s, when Japanese immigrants began to combine Spam with rice as a way to stretch their food budget. Spam Musubi has since become a popular snack in Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific.
Making Spam Musubi at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients. You will need one can of Spam, two cups of cooked Japanese-style short grain rice, three tablespoons of soy sauce, one tablespoon of sugar, and one sheet of nori (dried seaweed). You will also need a musubi mold, or a rectangular plastic container that is designed for making Spam Musubi.
To make the Spam Musubi, start by slicing the Spam into 1/4 inch thick slices. Fry the Spam slices in a non-stick pan over medium heat, until they are lightly browned. Then set the Spam aside.
In a bowl, mix together the cooked rice, soy sauce, and sugar. Take a sheet of nori and cut it into four rectangles. Place a rectangular piece of nori in the musubi mold, then add a scoop of the flavored rice. Press down the rice with the bottom of the mold, then place a slice of Spam on top. Add more rice to cover the Spam, then press down firmly. Remove the Spam Musubi from the mold and repeat until all the Spam is used up.
Garnish your Spam Musubi with furikake (a Japanese seasoning blend of sesame seeds, seaweed, and dried fish flakes) and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. For an added kick of flavor, you can also sprinkle some chili flakes on the musubi.
To make a twist on the classic Spam Musubi, try using a different type of protein in place of Spam. For instance, you can use canned tuna, cooked bacon, or cooked chicken. This will add a different flavor and texture to the Musubi and make it a more exciting snack.
Overall, Spam Musubi is a tasty, easy-to-make snack that is perfect for any occasion. With this recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious Hawaiian classic from the comfort of your own home.
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