Spam Spam Spam Fried Rice Spam and Spam… (see video below). I bet you had NO idea that you could make some delicious Chinese food using Spam, did you? Though you probably never wanted to either. And probably never even wanted to contemplate it. At least until now. Humor me a little bit, won’t you please, and read on.
As if you did not know, Spam is a brand of canned precooked meat products made by Hormel Foods Corporation. It was first introduced in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of Spam now, the first thing that pops in to my mind is junk mail (no, NOT, the email that you just received announcing that we just posted this article!). I don’t think of food, or lunch meats. I put that thought way out of my head a long long long time ago!
But, did you know that in China, Spam is a popular food item, and often used in sandwiches. Hormel decided to adopt a different strategy to market Spam in China, promoting it as a foreign, premium food product and changing the Spam formula to be meatier in order to accommodate local Chinese tastes.
And now you know the rest of the story.
Ode to Spam
Do you like Fried Rice and Spam?
Would you? Could you? In a wok?
Would you like them gently tossed?
Would you like them with fish sauce?
Would you like them cut up silly?
Would you like them with fried chili?
Would you eat ‘em with a spork?
Would you eat ‘em with with roast pork?
You may like them, they’re not obscene
You may like them in chow mein.
Eat them! Eat them! There they are!
Eat them! Eat them! Be a Spam superstar!
Recipe for Spam Fried Rice
3 cups cooked jasmine rice (one day old rice is best), chunks broken up so grains are loose & separate
1/2 can of Spam, cut into small dice
2 eggs, beaten
2 stalks green onion, finely minced
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
1 teaspoon fish sauce (or soy sauce)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper cooking oil
freshly ground black pepper
- Heat cooking oil in wok or a large wide saute pan over medium high heat.
- When oil is hot, add eggs and gently stir to cook eggs.
- When eggs are about 80% done (still a little runny), remove from pan and set aside.
- Turn heat to high.
- Add a little more cooking oil to pan.
- When hot, add diced Spam to the pan.
- Cook until spam is browned.
- Add green onions, fry until fragrant.
- Add spinach, fry until softened.
- Add rice and the cooked eggs and toss to incorporate all ingredients throughout rice.
- Let it all just sit still in the pan so that the grains of rice have a chance to heat up, about 1 minute.
- Toss so that the rice that is on the top now is on the bottom.
- Add cooking wine and fish sauce and stir again.
- Season with ground pepper. Is every grain of rice hot? If not, cook longer.
- Taste…salty enough? If not, add a little more fish sauce. But since the spam is salty already, you might want to go light on the fish sauce.
Are you now a Spam-Superstar?
And now for something completely different…
Humbly submitted for your, umm, consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)