“Hawaiian steak” aka Spam can be found in almost every cupboard in Hawaii. It’s estimated that Hawaii’s 1.5 million residents eat about 7 million cans of spam a year! Tourists must be eating at least a million of those cans though, right? And maybe all of our grandmother’s are hoarding another 3 million, because do any of you eat 7 cans of spam each year? If you do, then you have definitely eaten the following.
1. Spam Musubi. Is there anything better to eat at the beach than a spam musubi? Whether you make your own, or pick up a few at 7-11, Spam musubi is always a winner.
2. Fried Rice. You can’t have fried rice without little chunks of spam, egg, and onion. Fun fact: South Korea is the largest consumer of Spam outside of the USA. Spam is considered a high-end meat product there, and is used in Bbudae Jjigae or Army stew and Kimchi fried rice. Spam gift sets are also very popular, and having Spam in your home is a sign of wealth.
3. Zip Pacs wouldn’t be the same without spam. The next time you fly to the mainland, don’t forget your Zip Pac. While everyone else is eating tasteless airplane food, you’ll be grinding down on some fried chicken, spam and teri beef. Winnahs!
PC: Youtube user kevinsyoza. Check out his video to see the beauty of spam up close.
4. Local Style Breakfast. Even McDonald’s knows what’s up. Their Hawaiian local breakfast platter includes Spam, rice, Portuguese sausage and eggs.
5. Saimin. People on the mainland eat ramen. Ramen is a fad, saimin is life. Nothing beats a hot bowl of saimin topped with green onion, egg, spam, and kamaboko. Excuse me while I run to Shiros and order a #55.