Hawaiian Hunger Pangs!

A plate of Spam Musubi I have been hungry all morning. I was checking out other blogs and so many were talking about food. When in doubt and in Honolulu, if you can’t make it to a Zippy’s restaurant, get a Spam musubi! I’ll talk about Zippy’s soon, I promise.

I know, people in the mainland U.S. think we’re weird because they see Spam as food for poor people. We just like it! Hormel has got to love Hawaii!

Case in point: WalMart is going to open their doors with a great sale on microwaves and things and cases of Spam. People were sleeping in the parking lot waiting for the doors to open. Okay, I won’t go to that extreme, but I like it too!

So, what is Spam musubi? It’s fried Spam on a block of rice wrapped in nori (dried seaweed). The picture above, compliments of Wikipedia, is a good example of what it would look like… this plate looks like something made for a high-school football team after the game! I wasn’t invited. Dammit!

The only problem with that musubi is that there is no furikake. Furikake is a seasoning of sorts that is sprinkled on rice. It is made of sesame seeds, seaweed, salt and who knows what else. It just tastes good — sort of like putting salt on your french fries. Some of us affectionately refer to Spam musubi with furikake as “dirty” so the cashier knows what to charge when you’re buying it already made. Once they add furikake the price goes up a few cents.

I know, now you guys think I’m making this up. I’m not, honest. You can get the history of Spam musubi and a recipe off the Internet! Just don’t add vinegar to it for this purpose. It doesn’t quite fit. I love vinegar dishes, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure I’ll get to those too eventually! Hmmm… pork adobo! Oh dear, now look! Maybe I’ll eat sweet-sour spareribs for lunch and then I’ll be happy.

The beauty about the cuisine in Hawaii is that it’s made up over time of so many ethnic mixes. We take a bit from Japan, a bit from the Philippines, something from Puerto Rico, sprinkle in some Chinese, add it to the Portuguese, the Hawaiian and who knows what else, mix it all up and then decide what works, what we like and then morph it all to fit our taste buds! They don’t call us the “melting pot” for nothing!  Such is Hawaii’s version of “American” cuisine.
You’ll notice I’m not bitching. I don’t bitch about food, only the lack thereof. But, I still need a name for my bitch and complain category! Come on you guys!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Walt // Apr 26, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks Evelyn, I definitely learned something today about Hawaii that I didn’t know before. I have to say that when I think of local Hawaiian fare, spam never comes to mind.

  • 2 Evelyn // Apr 26, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Walt! Thanks for stopping by. Not everybody loves Spam, but there are certainly many households that live on the stuff! It has to be Spam too… not luncheon meat… SPAM! People get upset if you try to use a lesser brand of luncheon meat. I kid you not! Uh, I do too. 🙂

  • 3 365ad // Apr 30, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    I love spam musubi!! Especially while at the beach having a picnic!!
    Spam- aka: Hawaiian steak!! =)


  • 4 Evelyn // May 1, 2007 at 1:03 am

    Hey 365ad!
    You know! 🙂 It gets better. What did you do last Saturday night? Watch for a SPAM update!

  • 5 ellaella // Nov 8, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Then there are mainlainders like me who know Spam is popular in Hawaii but have never tasted it. If you’d like my share, it’s up for grabs! 🙂

  • 6 Evelyn // Nov 8, 2007 at 11:06 am

    LOL! I would love to have your share! We have recipes that really are good and easy too! I need easy. Thanks, ellaella for visiting and for leaving your comment — one thing about Hawaii and it’s locals… we love to eat!

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