I grew up in Hawaii. Spam is a legitimate food item. Don’t go ewww’ing at me. Hey, it’s not like you never eat things I wouldn’t put on my table, let alone in my mouth, so don’t judge me.
You might notice something contradictory in this photo of my lunch just before I wrapped it. I’ve mentioned before that you don’t really need a musubi press to make these. Well, you don’t, and I still wouldn’t buy an overpriced one online. Picking one up at the drugstore in Honolulu for a reasonable price is another matter indeed. As you can see, I did use it this morning. It made things go slightly faster so maybe I will come over to the dark side on this.
I have to say I am amazed at the number of spam musubi how-to pages that exist online, including those with photo or video step-by-steps. Some of them make it sound so complicated that you’d think it takes longer to make than a gourmet meal. But all you really need to say is what Chris Pirillo said.
What? Despite all that, you still want to know how I make mine? I’ll try not to make it sound too complicated:
Rice. I personally don’t care if it’s hot, warm or cold. Maybe you do, and that’s fine. It has to be short-grain calrose rice, cooked so it sticks together. See the overpriced Zojirushi rice cooker in the background? Absolutely the best way to go. Some things are worth their overly high prices.
Spam. This morning I used one of those single serving packages. I usually fry it in soy sauce with a dash of sugar, but I was short on time so I just nuked it with same for half a minute on each side. The single serving slice yields two pieces that fit the musubi mold, and there is a little strip left over for the dogs. Dogs love spam or hot dogs cooked in soy sauce. Trust me on this. I guess you could eat the little strip yourself if you don’t have a dog to help.
Sushi nori. I like mine to cover about one-third to one-half of the musubi, not the whole thing. So that is the width of the strip I tear off.
Put sushi nori on a plate, or if you are packing a lunch, a piece of plastic wrap. Put the musubi mold on top of the nori, towards one end of the strip. Put some rice in and pack it down tight. Lift off the mold, put the spam on top of the rice, and wrap the nori around. Enjoy, or wrap and pack.
You say I am doing that wrong? No, I am just not making it the way you like best. Go make your own!
I am a long-time satisfied user of Hormel’s Spam and Zojirushi’s rice cookers, and I have no connection to either company. Rice cooker and Spam were purchased by my husband and me.
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