A follower asked me recently if I still eat SPAM, egg and rice – the answer to that is “Oh yes!”
I mentioned in my post about the Hole in the Wall food tour that SPAM is ubiquitous in Hawaii: supermarket staple and a beloved part of local cuisine, it’s eaten in heroic quantities (over 7 million cans per year). Although there’s always SPAM in our pantry at home, on our Hawaiian holiday last year, SPAM was high on my agenda.
SPAM musubi, Musubi Cafe Iyasume
Jac is nowhere as crazy about SPAM as I am but she’s a good sport and didn’t object to lunch at a Japanese cafe in Waikiki that specialises in SPAM musubi (fried or grilled sliced SPAM served on a block of rice, wrapped with nori).
I ate SPAM musubi in Perth just once, and the mistake they made was serving pre-cooked, fridge-cold SPAM in the musubi. In Hawaii, SPAM musubi is a popular snack and can be found prepackaged for sale in convenience stores. At Iyasume, the SPAM musubi are made to order and arrive in little cling-wrapped bundles, the SPAM and rice warm, the musubi surprisingly substantial.
If I lived in Honolulu, I imagine I’d be a regular customer of this cute cafe.
Musubi Cafe Iyasume
2427 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
Spong Moco, The Pineapple Room
We made a booking for breakfast at Honolulu restaurant The Pineapple Room, where I had celebrity chef Alan Wong’s housemade SPAM, called Spong, served with kalua pig fried rice and two beautifully fried eggs. The Spong was delicious but its texture reminded me more of tinned corned beef than SPAM. I’d eat it again no worries, especially if accompanied by that porky fried rice, but for SPAM cravings, I’ll stick to the original.
The Pineapple Room
1450 Ala Moana Blvd Macy’s Third Floor, Honolulu, HI 96814 USA
SPAM Big Breakfast at McDonald’s
I’ve missed the McDonald’s Big Breakfast ever since they stopped serving them at McDonald’s in Australia. You can still get the Big Breakfast in the United States (served with a buttermilk biscuit instead of an English muffin as they did in Australia) and in Hawaii, there’s a local version with SPAM or Portuguese sausage with scrambled eggs and two scoops of rice. For us gluttons who want everything, there’s a ‘local deluxe breakfast’ with rice, eggs, SPAM and Portuguese sausage, which is what I had for breakfast on our last morning in Waikiki. I know I smiled the entire time eating this.
About this series
I went to the United States twice last year – this is my first post about the second trip, in which Jac and I went to Hawaii (Oahu and Maui islands), Texas and Virginia. There’s a lot more to come.
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If you haven’t already done so, you may like to check out my blog series about my first (solo) trip to the US, which included California, Wyoming and Colorado. Start with the first post: Santa Paula, California USA.
See more travel tales at my Travel page.