Spam Fried Rice

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From Canned Controversy to Culinary Delight: The Fascinating Journey of SPAM in East Asia

The introduction of SPAM to East Asia in the mid-20th century sparked a culinary evolution that transformed a simple canned meat product into a beloved cultural sensation. Initially met with scepticism due to its association with wartime rations, SPAM managed to defy expectations and capture the hearts – and palates – of Asian communities.

The post-World War II era brought SPAM to East Asia, where it was embraced with curiosity and eventually incorporated into local cuisines. In Hawaii, the convenience of SPAM aligned with the islands’ diverse food culture, leading to the creation of beloved dishes like SPAM musubi. In South Korea, the economic benefits of SPAM made it an attractive ingredient during times of scarcity, and it eventually became a symbol of prosperity.

Through innovative recipes and cultural adaptation, East Asian communities turned SPAM into a sought-after ingredient. Its affordability, long shelf life, and versatile nature made it perfect for fusion dishes, capturing a blend of traditional flavours and modern convenience. Today, the appreciation for SPAM runs deep – it’s a staple in celebratory feasts, comfort food classics, and creative culinary experiments, embodying the resilience and adaptability of cultures that have woven it into their culinary tapestry.

Spam Fried Rice

Fried rice with a truly Western twist; since first hitting the shelves in 1937 from its hometown of Austin, Minnesota, Spam continues to grow in popularity largely due to its long storage capacity but also for its simply delicious flavour!

 
  • 1/2 tin Spam, cubed
  • 250 g Pre-Cooked Packet Rice
  • 2 Eggs, Whisked
  • 5 Spring Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  1. Combine the tomato ketchup, tomato puree, dark soy sauce and water in a small bowl, mix well and set to one side. 

    Place a non-stick wok over a medium to high heat, add the oil and fry the cubed spam for 1 minute, then add half the spring onion and fry for another minute. Next add the egg and swirl the wok gently allowing the egg to set then add the rice along with a pinch of salt. Give it all a good mix and once the rice has fried and is thoroughly heated, add the sauce mix and stir to combine with the rest of the ingredients. Transfer to a serving plate, drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle over the remaining spring onions. 

 
Main Course, Rice & Noodles, Snacks
Chinese, Japanese, Western Asian
Fried Rice, Rice, Spam
10 Minute recipes, Easy recipes, One Wok or One Pot recipes

 

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