I have a test this Saturday called the MPRE, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, and I barely started studying and have been sick this past week and a half. I needed something fast to grab and go and to eat in the library as I bury myself in books these next 2 days. Hence, the salty yet sweet Spam Musubi!!! It is basically like the Hawaiian sushi! I knew Hawaiians loved spam since they serve spam and eggs at McDonald’s over there. Spam Musubi became popular after WW2 because spam was the military troops’ food, and because there were a ton of Japanese and US troops in Hawaii at the time, the local Japanese created the spam musubi! Cool history lesson!
1 can Spam, sliced (I did 7 slices)
1 1/2 cups rice, cooked
1 packet Japanese nori seaweed
3 tbsp rice wine
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
black and white sesame seeds, optional
1. Cook the rice. Set aside.
2. Slice the Spam into however many slices you want. I eyeballed it and sliced 7 pieces.
3. Mix the rice wine, soy sauce, brown sugar in a small bowl.
4. Heat up a teeny bit of olive oil on a pan. On med-high, place the spam on the pan. Spoon the rice wine/soy sauce/brown sugar sauce on top. I used about 2/3 of it. The other 1/3 can be used as a dip or thrown away.
5. Cook on med-high on both sides for about 4 min, or until lightly browned. Take out of pan and let cool.
6. Cut the nori sheets in half so the length of the sheet is about the same size of the spam. Lay it out.
7. Shape rice into a block by hand or using the plastic musubi maker. Place in the middle of the nori sheet. Sprinkle some sesame seeds if you have any.
8. Place a piece of spam on top. Fold the nori sheet over and flip around.
9. Wrap in plastic for easy storage or eat it right away!