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How do you Spam?


I do the Kimchi Spam Musubi Croissant courtesy of Sharon Wang of Sugarbloom Bakery (at either Taza or Coffee Colab).

Roasted spam, pureed kimchi and encased in a perfectly flaky, light croissant. Win, win. And win!


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  1. I don't spam. Mostly cuz I don't eat much red meat.


    Met friends at Suehiro Cafe in Little Tokyo and they were appalled that I'd never had Spam Musubi and ordered me some. Don't want to be impolite, so I took a bite.

    Oh my. Sweet, salty, carb-y with that hint of seaweed. Pretty darn perfect.

    So that's how I spam. And if I could get the turkey spam, I'd spam musubi much more often!

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    1. re: happybaker

      I've always wanted to make musubi with head cheese.

      If it was pork head cheese, I'd let you take a bite. But just one.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        It would be a small bite. Honest. I'd be good.

        Also now in the mix would be turkey bologna or turkey ham, fried, with teriyaki sauce, rice and nori.

        Considering that I grew up on fried boloney sandwiches, not much of a stretch!

    2. Ips - could I get the boxes of seaweed snacks and use those to play with different versions of musubi, or do I need to buy the sheets of nori meant for sushi?

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      1. re: happybaker

        I don't see why you couldn't use those individual packets of seasoned nori to make musubi.

        It's not like the musubi gods will come down and take away your jellied blocks of pork byproducts.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            PS - I do so hate it when the musubi gods smite me.

            So uncomfortable.

        1. Musubi is the only way that I've ever had spam.

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          1. re: JAB

            Diced in fried rice, part of scrambled eggs/omelets/frittata, as an accoutrement for ramen or udon, as the "dog" in a corn dog, fried in bacon fat and used as sandwich meat ... are all good uses for spam.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Ipsedixit -

              Have you ever had fried salami and eggs? Awesome.

              Also good is fried pastrami and eggs, but not as much of a classic as the salami…

              1. re: happybaker

                I've done fried salami in Mapo Tofu.

                I could see fried salami and huevos being bueno.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  hard salami eggs onions on bagel and cream cheese ... now that's a light snack.

                2. re: happybaker

                  The defunct City Bakery, where Farmshop is currently, had a simple frittata of just thick-cut salami and eggs that was amazing.

                  1. re: happybaker

                    Funny! Just had that for lunch today. I used to love to get this at the deli for breakfast.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    Spam fried rice is yummy. Da bomb as the kids say these days. Or is that bomb dot com?

                    1. re: TheOffalo

                      It's gotta be kim chee fried rice with a splash of great pure sesame oil and fried egg.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      Fried in mustard then made into a sandwich. Agree about spam fried rice. But I like just about any strong flavored meat diced up for fried rice.

                      1. re: Jase

                        Do you use dry mustard? or coat it in prepared mustard? must know more.

                        1. re: Teague

                          Regular yellow mustard. Heat up a pan with a little oil. Fry. Pretty simple.

                  3. Regular, sliced 1/4 inch, just fried in the cast iron until golden brown. White bread, thin slice of cheddar, light smear of mayo.

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                        1. re: Bobfrmia

                          Absolutely! I've been known to add a couple of tomato slices, too.

                        2. Compose complimentary commentary concerning complimentary commestibles.

                          1. I like to take Spam and wrap it in a Tito's taco. I then take it over to Sergio to have him bless it. After that I take the creation to Harbor Seafood where I happily share it with HIro Urasawa over brunch as we discuss the latest South swell wrapping into Malibu...

                            1. I like Treet better, probably because it's slightly less firm. Or something, maybe just that I got Treet as a child, since it was cheaper. Sliced in thinnish slices and fried for a sandwich. And not too much, one layer of thin slices, with tomato and lettuce and mayo - you have to make sandwiches for the whole family ya know! I suppose it's obvious this was a childhood treat :)

                              Also a fan of canned corned beef reubens made similarly, but with sauerkraut and thousand island instead of the fresh veggies and mayo.

                              Spam musubi is pretty excellent. I recently had some for the first time, liked it a lot. Mild creamy rice, spam, nori - what's not to like?

                              1. Sliced and fried with a couple eggs and toast. I have to be ready for it. Like it, every once in a while.

                                1. I don't.

                                  Cuz its production line kills: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

                                  Shame on Ms. Wang for making artsy baked goods (also available at Stumptown DTLA and Blacktop) with such degenerate canned meat.

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                                    1. re: TonyC

                                      Ah man, we are trying to take this first world foodie craze seriously and your being a thread killer. Time out.....

                                      1. I don't buy Spam but I use the Ma Ling luncheon meat from the Asian market. Canadian product.

                                        I make usually make luncheon meat sambal, put it in fried rice, or make it sliced and pan fried as an accompaniment to rice and dal (lentils). My son loves the stuff but I don't make it too often since it's not the healthiest food. LoL

                                        1. Sliced 1/4 inch and grilled over hot charcoal 'til its sweaty and grill-marked.
                                          Very tasty and makes for great conversation at a BBQ.

                                          1. I make a monster meat breakfast sandwich -- probably 1000 calories.

                                            Grilled jalapeño cheese roll, fried egg, bacon, ham, grilled spam, pepper jack cheese (sometimes with breakfast sausage). I can't eat the whole thing (duh!) and I split it.

                                            Also make spam hash and eggs.

                                            1. My favorite SPAM moment was in the early 1980s when a friend and I made a bicycle tour of Okinawa, Japan's southernmost island chain. At a cheap minshuku (sort of like a B&B) we were served breakfast and the miso soup was laden with chunks of SPAM. Quite a shock for people coming from Tokyo.

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                                              1. re: Tripeler

                                                Wow, I can't even imagine how salty and a umami bomb that would be.

                                                Spam + miso. Yowza.

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  Surprisingly, it wasn't that salty. Okinawans like far less salt than Tokyo people do, so all the food is a lot milder. But for SPAM to be in a fish stock with miso, THAT was weird.

                                              2. I guess I am boring. Fry Spam in butter, put on white bread and slather with yellow mustard. Occasionally, I'll add a slice of Velveeta, but not very often.
                                                Slightly different subject, but I love the Spam singles. Perfect size for a sandwich.

                                                1. White steamed rice, kimchi, slice of fried spam, fried egg on top.

                                                  1. I would eat Spam Musubi everyday. Never tried to make it at home.

                                                    At home, I just slice, fry and eat at breakfast with eggs.

                                                    (The truth is I eat a few slices right from the can without frying, nobody else does that??)

                                                    1. My father was in the Korean War and often made us SPAM and eggs for breakfast

                                                      1. i think they were carrying it at blacktop for a little while too. great croissant. wish it was warm though.

                                                        1. Spam loco moco and deep fried spam musubi and Aloha Cafe.

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                                                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                            I adore the first two, but will not go to the third.

                                                          2. Ha! This being the LA board, I thought that you were referring to the curse of promotional sort.