Spam Musubi is a popular Hawaiian snack/side dish that combines sliced grilled Spam, seasoned rice, and seaweed. While it may look complicated to make, it’s a relatively simple and delicious dish that anyone can try. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of making Spam Musubi from scratch.
– 1 can of Spam
– 2 cups of uncooked white rice
– 2 1/2 cups of water
– 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
– 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– Nori sheets (dried seaweed)
– Cooking oil for frying
– Musubi mold (can be found online or at an Asian market)
1. Cook the Rice
Begin by rinsing the uncooked rice in cold water, then place it in a pot with 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring the rice to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer for 18-20 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and tender.
2. Prepare the Seasoning
In a small saucepan, combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Heat the mixture on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar and salt have fully dissolved. Set aside.
3. Slice the Spam
Open the can of Spam and slice it into eight equal pieces, about 1/4 inch thick.
4. Fry the Spam
Heat a non-stick pan or griddle on medium heat and brush it with a little bit of cooking oil. When the pan is hot, add the Spam slices and fry them on each side until golden brown. Remove the Spam from the pan and set aside.
5. Season the Rice
Once the rice has finished cooking, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Pour the seasoning mixture over the rice and stir well to evenly coat the grains.
6. Assemble the Musubi
Take a Musubi mold and place a piece of Nori sheet on the bottom. Press a generous scoop of seasoned rice into the mold, filling it to about 1/3 of the way. Place one slice of Spam on top of the rice, then fill the rest of the mold with more rice, pressing it down firmly with each layer. Finally, use the mold to press the Musubi into a rectangle shape, and remove it from the mold. Wrap the Nori sheet around the Musubi, pressing it down to stick together. Repeat the process until you’ve used all the rice and Spam slices.
7. Serve and Enjoy
The Spam Musubi can be served warm or at room temperature. For storage, wrap each Musubi individually with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Q: What is Musubi mold, and where can I find it?
A: A Musubi mold is a rectangular-shaped tool used to shape the rice in Spam Musubi. You can find them online or at a local Asian market.
Q: Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?
A: Yes, you can substitute white rice for brown rice. However, the texture and taste may be slightly different.
Q: Can I add other ingredients to Spam Musubi?
A: Yes, you can customize the recipe by adding avocado, teriyaki sauce, or pickled vegetables.
Q: Can I use a different type of meat instead of Spam?
A: Yes, you can experiment with other meats, such as grilled chicken, pork belly, or even tofu.
Q: Can I make Spam Musubi in advance?
A: Yes, you can make Spam Musubi ahead of time. Wrap each piece individually with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
In conclusion, making Spam Musubi is easy and fun. It’s a delicious snack that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Experiment with different ingredients and make it your own. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to share this delightful Hawaiian dish with you. Aloha!