This Lunar New Year Give the Gift of Delicious Spam

Unless you’re from Hawaii, I don’t think many Americans truly understand how special Spam is. I don’t mean the junk email we receive informing us how happier we’d be if we enlarged our penis or the riches that could be bestowed upon us by a Nigerian prince, but the real Spam. You know the yummy…er…”meat” product:

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There are even people right here at YOMYOMF who mistakenly think that Spam is gross or low-class or disgusting. To which I say—whatever! Some people just don’t get it.

If you have never known the pleasure of a plate of delicious Spam fried rice:

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Or some Spam musubi:

Why Japan is Awesome Reason #711: Burger King’s Spam Burgers

If you’re lucky enough to live in Japan, as of yesterday, you can walk into your local Burger King and order something the rest of us in the world can only dream of: a Spam Burger.

Now, I know many folks here in the U.S. (especially the white folks) think Spam is a disgusting mystery meat. But for many Asians—not to mention Hawaiians here—Spam is pretty damn awesome! If you’ve never had Spam Musubi:

Or a homemade plate of Spam fried rice:

Hawaiian Food Odyssey (or How I gained 3 Pounds in 1 Week)

I flew over to Oahu last week to teach a weekend workshop at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  I took some extra time over there to turn the trip into a vacation and to visit my cousin on the Big Island.  Somehow, the trip ended up as an eating orgy and with myself packing in an extra 3 pounds on the way back.

First stop, of course, was Leonard’s Bakery for malasadas—the big, fluffy Portuguese holeless doughnuts are a must on every visit to Oahu.  As usual, the line was out the door here, but definitely worth the wait.

SPAM – the misunderstood meat

I feel for Spam. 

This under appreciated meat has had such a bad rap.  People have come up with backronyms like “Something Posing As Meat” and “Spare Parts Animal Meat,” when really it stands for…uh…what exactly does it stand for?  According to Wikipedia, it stands for “Shoulder of Pork and Ham”. 

True, Spam is not a white meat and maybe it’s not exactly a red meat. I’m not sure if it’s meat at all actually.  I do notice, however, when I open up a can of Spam, it smells strikingly similar to the Tender Liver and Chicken Feast cat food I feed my cats.