Posted in The Grocery Shop-a-holic, The Joy of Snacks

In Which One Finds a Spam Musubi in an Unlikely Place…

No, I didn't find it in Hawaii...
No, I didn’t find it in Hawaii…

The Spam musubi is one of those treats I only used to read about in blogs written by the food-lovin’ kama’aina (natives) of Hawaii: a massive cross between nigiri zushi (sushi with a topping) and musubi (also known as o-nigiri, rice balls) topped with a thickish slice of Spam and bound with a strip of nori.

These things are usually available at okazu-ya, a Japanese-style deli that serves such things as furikake chicken, stewed kimpira gobo (burdock root), oden in broth, and fried fish cakes of all sorts.  They’re also available at convenience stores where, interestingly enough I found the little rice and Spam beastie you see at the top of this post.  Not in Hawaii, though, but right here in Manila!

MiniStop Philippines recently brought back its Samurice selections – o-nigiri-style rice balls stuffed or topped with any one of four proteins: tuna in mayo, chicken in mayo, chili con carne, and Spam.  Each of these costs P 29.00 and is perfect for a light lunch (or a heavy sort of snack).

Served chilled (though you can opt to have it warmed) with just a faint drizzle of sweet teriyaki-style sauce between the rice and Spam to offset the salinity of the processed meat, it is definitely a tasty little treat.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

One thought on “In Which One Finds a Spam Musubi in an Unlikely Place…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s