Spam Spam Spam Spam

If you're a local from Hawaii and an Anglophile like me, you can't help but love that infamous Spam skit from Monty Python. For most people the thought of eating Spam or any canned meat product is disgusting. I found it particularly amusing that Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" who is known for eating all manner of foods (many that I would be reluctant to put in my mouth) found it difficult to eat himself.

Spam (and other items like powdered milk) is a legacy of World War II when fresh meat was hard to find. It found its way into the local diet making Hawaii one of the highest per capita consumers of Spam. We put it in omelets, in bento boxes, fry it up for breakfast, and make spam musubi.

It's this last item that the boys in the office found most fascinating. The boys like to 1) come up with food challenges (like who can eat a tablespoon of cinnamon, drink a gallon of milk, or eat a raw potato - the answer is you can't without getting sick) and 2) try off-the-wall foods. Spam musubi qualifies as the latter.

Now for those unfamiliar with this particular Hawaiian delicacy, a spam musubi looks like a giant nigiri sushi -- rice topped with a slice of Spam (instead of raw fish) and held together with a strip of nori. The Spam is fried and doused in a mixture of soy sauce (because Spam doesn't have enough sodium as it is), brown sugar, and mustard. It's easy to make but you can also easily find it in local diners and even convenience stores.

So I made it yesterday for the guys. They ate them, they're still alive, and I think they liked them. One guy took one home and totally grossed out his roommates by eating it in front of them.

Well, I'll never claim it as haute cuisine but we all have comfort foods from our childhood.

One day I'll talk more about foods from Hawaii that mainlanders would eat (obviously I'm not talking about poi, although I love the stuff). Yes we love our carbs and salty, fatty foods, but there's some really good things out there too. Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures and our foods reflect that. Until I get to it, you can always take a look at WoWGrinds.

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