In Which We Have Tempura-fried Spam…

Tempura-fried Spam

Chalk this one up for the books: tempura-fried Spam.

My brother came to stay for a couple days following his annual spiritual retreat and we were all pondering as to what to have for Saturday lunch.  Consensus among us led to a spicy batch of gulay na lada with steamed okra, pan-fried eggplant slices, and tempura-fried fish sticks on the side.

As it happened, there was a bit of tempura batter left as well as some hot-and-spicy Spam left over from breakfast.  My brother got a notion of dipping the sliced luncheon meat into the leftover batter, deep-fried the lot, et voila: the sort of dish you’d want to eat on those days when the world is too much with you and too soon.

It’s not the healthiest sort of thing, but it tastes pretty damned good and also works on those days when you need to whip up an impromptu meal for a crowd.  Just don’t skimp on the rice for this one…

Incidentally, as with all tempura-fried dishes, serve these babies immediately so they’ll stay good and crunchy.

Tempura-fried Spam

  • 1 can Spam (any variant), sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • pinch of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • oil for deep-frying

Whisk together the egg and water.  Sift in the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder, whisking well to incorporate all the ingredients into a lumpy batter.

Heat the oil in a deep saucepan or wok.  Dip the Spam slices in the batter and fry till golden brown.  Drain cooked Spam on a plate lined with paper towels.  Serve immediately.

Serves 6.

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