Whenever we run out of ideas on what to cook for the day or forget to do groceries, we would turn to take out or canned goods. But more often than not, especially when we’re saving money, we’d just cook whatever de-lata we can find in our kitchen.
Without a doubt, one of the most well-loved canned food is Spam. Yes, the salty luncheon meat which, when cooking, wakes kids up with its mouthwatering scent! In the Philippines, we’d simply slice it into a few pieces, then fry it until the edges are crispy. (Read: Quick and Healthy Recipes Made With Canned Goods)
But did you know that in other parts of the world, this isn’t the only way they eat Spam? Some countries have ways of eating it that are on a different side of the spectrum from us Filipinos. So here are some of the ways people around the world eat this beloved canned good!
South Korea: Budae Jiggae
Budae jiggae or army stew is one of the most popular, if not the most, stew in South Korea. It is eaten whether or not the weather is cold, and all for good reason. (Read: These Recipes from ‘Jewel in the Palace’ Will Make You Feel Royal)
Budae jiggae has a handful of ingredients which makes for a delicious dish and is filling, to say the least. One of the its staple components is Spam. But instead of the luncheon meat being fried, it’s boiled in the hotpot with the other ingredients! Here’s a recipe for budae jiggae.
Guam: Spam Kelaguen
Kelaguen is a common side dish eaten by the Chamorro people, an indigenous group of people from the Mariana Islands and Guam. It’s a dish that consists of meat (chicken, beef, or pork), fish, or shrimp that is marinated in lemon juice with other spices. But sometimes, people use Spam to make cooking easier, or just to have a different taste for the dish.
Imagine Spam marinated with lemon juice! Curious to try it? Find the recipe here.
Hawaii: Spam Musubi
Undoubtedly, Spam Musubi must be one of the most popular dishes featuring Spam! It is inspired by the Japanese snack omusubi, which is rice (often shaped into a triangle) wrapped in nori. But for the Hawaiian version, it includes Spam!
Spam Musubi has rice, grilled Spam, nori, and sometimes even Japanese mayonnaise and egg. Here‘s how you can make one at home.