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Got Spam…Musubi?

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Do you know why Spam is number one in Hawaii? It’s because of SPAM Musubi. It is a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed a slice of grilled Spam atop of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori in the tradition of Japanese omusubi. Inexpensive and portable, spam musubi is commonly found near cash registers in convenience stores all over Hawaii. Typical preparation begins with grilling slices of spam, sometimes with a light teriyaki flavor. An acrylic mold (often the shape of a slice of spam) is then placed over a long, narrow piece of nori and rice is pressed into the mold. The grilled spam is placed over the rice before the mold is removed. The nori is then wrapped over the top and around the musubi.

Sometimes you see scrabbled egg between the Spam and Rice for an easy quick breakfast. Also now you see different type of musubi’s not just Spam, there is Slice Hotdog and Fried Chicken musubi’s.

Watch a short video below on how to make a Spam Musubi:


Chicken Katsu: All Time Favorite Plate Lunch

January 22, 2012 2 comments

Plate Lunches are common in Hawaii. It consist of 2 scoop of white or brown rice and homemade macaroni salad. Here’s one of the all time favorite Chicken Katsu.

What is a Chicken Katsu? It is tender pieces of boneless chicken coated with special seasoning and deep-fried, served with tonkatsu sauce.  It taste so good on any size Mini or Regular and the macaroni salad is out of this world.  Recipe and direction below if you want to try this dish.

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Japanese-style bread crumbs (panko flakes)
  • garlic salt
  • oil (for frying)


  • 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cooking sherry
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  • For the Sauce:.
  • Add sauce ingredients to a bowl one by one, mixing in between.
  • For the Chicken:.
  • Place flour, eggs, and panko in separate bowls.
  • Lightly salt chicken then dip in eggs, then in flour, then in eggs, then in panko.
  • Deep fry or pan fry at medium heat until lightly brown.
  • Serve with sauce and hot rice.