Spam Jam…All Things Spam

Before moving to Hawaii, I read all the guidebooks. I wanted to be up on all the lingo, the places to go, the different areas to maybe live and the food. I did not want to come across as a tourist who was only going to be there for a week, I was moving here, and I wanted to fit in.

I got the gist of most things. I figured out what side of Waikiki I would like to live, the church I wanted to go to and was excited to try most of the food offerings like plate lunches and loco moco. The one thing I couldn’t wrap my head around was spam. I have never heard anything good about spam on the mainland but was willing to give it a try. I talked at length about all things Hawaii with my sister before leaving home and she decided, as always, to help me out.

The day before I got on a plane, she made me breakfast of spam and eggs. She went out and bought a single serving package, opened it up and put in the frying pan with a couple of eggs. She put it on a plate, added toast with butter and jam and told me to dig in. She might have said “Aloha” as well, but I don’t remember. I worked my way through an egg and one piece of toast before trying the spam…it was disgusting. We laughed and I asked her how was I going to live in Hawaii and not eat spam? The next day, I got on a plane and was gone.

After being here for a few days, a new friend asked me if I have ever eaten a musubi before. I said no, cuz it is made with spam…forget about it. He told me to try it and if I didn’t like it, I could just throw it away. Musubi is a little snack of rice, and a piece of spam wrapped in nori, which is dried edible seaweed. It is very popular any time of the day. O.K., I decided to give it a try…it was delicious!!! I immediately called my sister and told her the spam needed to be cooked hard, like scrapple or pork roll. (Two products similar in nature to spam, which I love) We had a good laugh about it, and she kept saying, “How would I know that?” I tell her it is her one cooking failure, but it really isn’t because we didn’t know anything about it. Let’s just say I now eat spam.

This weekend in Waikiki is Spam Jam. Yup, spam has its own festival. Kalakaua Avenue is blocked off for food tents, a band stand for music and miscellaneous booths selling just about anything you can think of that’s spam related. Think tee shirts, key rings, stuff like that, along with other non-spam items. Each food tent has a few of their own spam creations and some of the choices are very creative. I have been a few times and have eaten musubi, of course, but also spam pizza, spam salad (kinda like ham salad) and spam cheesecake. Let me explain…it was a small bite size cheesecake that had small crumbles of spam on top. They crumbled the spam and cooked it hard like crispy bacon with maple syrup. The combination of sweet and savory was perfect. I think I ate 3, LOL.

I won’t be able to make it to Spam Jam this year, I have a party to go to. But my friend, Daune, said she will be making musubi, so at least I will have something spam to celebrate the weekend. Maybe next year.

Remember this, if you ever find yourself will a can of spam in the house, don’t be afraid. Open that bad boy up, slice it, fry it in the pan hard and add some eggs and rice. You will be eating a traditional breakfast here in Hawaii, so put on some slack key guitar music and imagine the offshore breezes and palm trees swaying. There is nothing else quite like it.

***Question for the comments…Have you ever eaten spam? What did you think of it? If you haven’t, would you try it?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

4 thoughts on “Spam Jam…All Things Spam

  1. I love Spam! It used to be cheap here, but then it caught on and became more expensive. The Sunday Morning Show did a piece on Spam several years ago, on it’s origins and all the different flavors. I still buy it once in a while. Now I want to try the salad and musubi.

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    1. It shouldn’t be too hard to come up with different recipes since you like spam. Especially musubi. They actually have a small cookie cutter type thing to make the rectangular shape. Look up how to make it.


    2. HEY! I tried! And I’m sure, I didn’t JUST say Aloha…😉 The spam cheesecake could end up like a fiatone-type thingy. IgetitIgetit! Also, I refuse to eat that stuff until you come home; then it’ll be Spam all around (except Bill).
      🎶spam, spam, spam, spam…🎶

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