I'm on a roll with this video thing. First I made frozen yogurt, then buckwheat crepes, and now Spam musubi! What other foods can I made in under 3 minutes (the video time limit on my digicam)?
It's been unbearably hot the past few days. Yesterday and most of today, all I ate was watermelon and cold cucumber salad. Well, after a few days of that, I wanted something more substantial to fill my belly but I didn't want to do much cooking.
Spam musubi is a popular Hawaiian plate lunch item based upon Japanese onigiri or omusubi, except with Spam instead of sushi. You can even buy fancy musubi molds to perfectly pat down your rice to the same contours as the Spam. Some people make their own version out of an empty Spam can.
I happen to like seaweed so I use a big piece of it instead of worrying about packing my rice tightly. This also eliminates any need to make the rice pretty ie. my lazy method. Typically, Spam musubi rice is often not treated with vinegar, but I like sushi rice so I add a bit of rice vinegar, Shao Xing rice wine, salt, and sugar to mine.
I hope you like this video too. If you're sick of hearing my voice, there's directions below as well.
For 6, you'll need:
A half-size container of Spam, sliced into 6 (or a full-size if you want extra for eating)
1 cup Japanese rice, cooked
To taste, but roughly 2 tsp rice vinegar, 2 tsp Mirin or Shao Xing rice wine, a few dashes of salt, a few pinches of sugar.
3 sheets of nori seaweed, cut in half lengthwise
Optional: Teriyaki or soy sauce to taste
Cook the Japanese rice as usual and when it is done cooking, add 2 tsp rice vinegar, 2 tsp Mirin or Shao Xing rice wine, a few dashes of salt, a few pinches of sugar. Taste and adjust if necessary. Set aside to cool.
Fry up Spam slices until golden. Set aside.
Take your seaweed and put a thin layer of rice on 3/4 of the nori sheet. Add teriyaki or soy sauce if you like. Lay the Spam on top and roll until you're near the end. Take a few kernels of rice and place it on the end of the nori sheet to seal.
These should be eaten right away as the seaweed will become soggy if it sits out too long.