Move Over Spam Sushi, Here Comes Steamed Bun Spam
Spam Musubi, or more popularly known as Spam Sushi, has become extremely popular in Hawaii where every corner ABC Store or Food Court would have it in their refrigerated section or as part of their regular menu. Its popularity has crossed the Pacific Ocean. Many Hawaiian-themed restaurants and fast-food places in the U.S. Mainland now offer this comfort food item. During my days living in the Philippines, Spam was a prized commodity, initially available only in U.S. military commissaries or in the “black market” where business people obtain goods without paying taxes then selling them through the regular retail trade channels.
There must be some other way to enjoy my Spam or luncheon meat, I thought to myself one day. Then, while shopping at my favorite Asian grocery store, I saw some prepackaged frozen dough — folded Chinese buns ready for the steamer. I’ve had these buns many times before, with meat or vegetable fillings, as in the case of siopao. But I’ve also had them at gourmet Chinese restaurants where they are served along with roasted duck skin. And so, I thought of combining the Spam Sushi and steamed bun concepts and this is what I came up with. If you like Spam, but are cutting down on your rice, try it with steamed buns!
1 can Spam or luncheon meat, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
1 package frozen steamed buns (folded)
Sprigs of fresh cilantro, thoroughly washed
Hoisin Sauce (you can also use regular soy sauce)
1 tbsp Olive oil
2 cups water
Fry the spam slices in a pan or skillet lightly greased with Olive oil, about one minute on each side. Place the frozen steamed buns in a steamer basket. Bring 2 cups water to a quick boil in a sauce pan. Place steamer basket over the boiling water. Cover. Turn off heat and let the buns steam for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Take a folded bun and spread the inside with desired amount of Hoisin or soy sauce. Place a slice of cooked Spam or luncheon meat inside each folded bun and garnish with fresh cilantro.