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For the local people of the Hawaiian Island chain, if you are not familiar with Spam Musubi, it is a traditional snack of Japanese origin. The musubi includes a slice of spam and a block of rice, molded by hand or form mold, and wrapped in a piece of seaweed called nori. The common shape of the musubi is created by either using an acrylic mold or a typical Spam can with the bottom removed. Be careful with the sharp edge of the can.
An interesting spin on the traditional Spam Musubi is the addition of tamago, which is a sweet egg omelette. This adds another tasty layer of flavor to the already ono Spam Musubi.
Given Spam’s unhealthy review by numerous heart associations and agencies, I am suggesting that we use Lite Spam to make yourself feel better about eating it.
Preparing the Spam
1. Cut the Spam block into 8 even slices [you cut the slices thinner to yield more, like 10 slices]
2. Grilled it in a pan to brown both sides.
3. Remove the Spam and place it on paper towels to the side.
4. Using the same pan, mix 6 tbsp Aloha brand soy sauce, 4 tbsp mirin, and 4 tbsp sugar [sometimes I substitute brown sugar]. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low.
5. Return the Spam slices back into the pan coating them in the heated mixture. Once the mixture has thickened, remove the spam and set to the side.
6. To make the tamago, mix together 4 large eggs, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp mirin, 1/2 tsp Aloha brand soy sauce, 1 tsp bonito flakes, and 1 tsp chives in a greased loaf pan. If you choose, you can add chives to give the tamago a pretty color.
7. Bake it in a 350-degree oven for 12-15 minutes until the egg is firm.
8. Remove the edges of the cooked egg so that it looks smooth or at least have nice corners. Try your best to cut a size resembling the Spam cut. The Spam cuts may have shrunk during step two. Remember that you only made enough for 4 musubis, so you would have to repeat step six to make enough for 8 musubis.
Assembly of the Spam Musubi with the Tamago
To assemble the musubi, start with a sheet of plastic wrap on your cutting board, then a thin sheet of nori. Next, place the acrylic mold down and place the tamago and slice of spam inside the mold and fill the rest with rice. The rice is basically Japanese rice mixed with sprinkles of nori komi furikake . I also like to drizzle a little bit of the thickened sauce mixture that the spam was cooked in on the rice for added flavor. Finally, press the rice down and carefully remove the mold. Wrap the nori sheet over the rice and secure it by wetting the edges of the nori. Wrap up the musubi starting with the plastic wrap placed underneath.
The resulting work of art is a delicious and tasty snack that needs no utensils! Just fingers! You can vary the amount of rice in your musubi. Too little rice, you are left with that not-enough feeling. Too much rice and you have a brick of white starch with no flavor. Now enjoy your savory treat. Aloha!