Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spam Fried Rice

Spam is the king of canned meats in Hawaii. Everyone eats it with pleasure and proudly shares it with others, rubbing their tummy’s with enthusiasm to emphasize their satisfaction.

If your roots are from Hawaii you can be certain that there will be a can or two of spam in your cupboard. Some of you will eat it secretly, while others will boast (no shame) of their affection for this canned delicacy.

My family quietly ate spam in the privacy of our home (shame) when we first moved to the mainland. We packed away our SPAM t-shirts and never mentioned the spam fried rice or musubi that we ate for breakfast. That was then. Now, spam is eaten everywhere and though it still carries scary thoughts for some. It has become more acceptable.

One of my family’s all time favorite ways to eat spam is in fried rice. I make it about once a week and if there’s any leftovers that make it to the fridge they will surely be gone by the end of the day.

My notes to you...
When making fried rice, it's a feel more than a recipe. Cold from the refrigerator or room temperature rice works work’s best, fresh rice will get mushy.

I drizzle the rice with soy sauce to coat but not soak, sprinkle a couple of heavy pinches of kosher salt and add a pinch of pepper before I add it to the wok. 

I also precook the eggs so there are actual pieces throughout the rice and allow the green onions to cook a little when I add them at the end to soften the flavor. 

Below is a list of standby items that I always put in mine.

SPAM FRIED RICE
2 large eggs, scrambled (seasoned with salt and pepper)
2 – 3 cups cooked rice (seasoned with soy sauce, salt and pepper)
To taste salt and pepper (to flavor the rice)
To taste soy sauce (to flavor the rice)

3 slices bacon, sliced thin (optional)
4 slices spam, diced
1- 2 slices onion, chopped
3 sprigs green onion, chopped
½ - 1 cup frozen peas (you don’t need to defrost them)

1. Heat a non stick wok on med-hi. Add a little oil and cook the scrambled eggs to a med-soft then put them back in the bowl and set aside.
2. In the same wok, brown the bacon, drain the oil then add the spam and cook for about 2 min.
3. Add the onions and cook until soft. Then add the green onions and stir into the mix.
4. Add the seasoned rice and toss to mix.
5. Add the peas and eggs and toss to mix. Cook for another minute or two to heat the peas and finish cooking the eggs. Add the green onions and let cook for another minute to let the raw taste mellow out.


MORE HAWAIIAN STYLE RECIPES...

OVEN KALUA PORK

LOCO MOCO

TERIYAKI MEATLOAF

DOUBLE CRUST BANANA PIE

SHOYU POKE

COLD SOMEN SALAD

HAWAIIAN STYLE BEEF STEW

HAMBURGER STEAK

JACK'S SPECIAL BISCUITS

HOW TO COOK WHITE & BROWN RICE

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