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.