What is Hawaiian Musubi
Spam Musubi is a Hawaiian snack. It is very common for shops and even gas stations to sell musubi. It is also common for kids to have spam musubi for lunch or snacks. It is spam paired with rice and wrapped in a piece of a nori sheet. It is also common for some to place an egg in between the spam and rice. Some spam is also cooked in teriyaki before making the musubi. A main reason it is so prevalently consumed in Hawaii is because of its affordability. Food is expensive on the islands, especially imported foods.
After living in Hawaii this makes sense because most food needs to be transferred from the mainland to the islands. Since Spam is shelf stable it makes sense why it is consumed so heavily.
Spam is a brand of lunch meat that is sold in a can. Spam was invented and first sold in 1937. It was created by Hormel Foods in Minnesota. Spam found its place in all grocery stores during the Great Depression as it filled the need for shelf stable meat. It is sold in a can and can last a long time.
Most people consider Spam mystery meat but according to their website, this “mystery meat” is made from ham mixed with pork, water, salt, sugar, potato starch, and sodium nitrite.
Origins of Musubi
Musubi is a rice ball topped or filled with different ingredients while sometimes being wrapped in a nori sheet. It has its origins in Japanese cuisine. Interestingly, fossilized rice balls, musubi, have been found in Japan during the Iron Age which was from 3000 BC – 300 AD.
In the 19th century Japanese immigrants brought musubi to Hawaii.
Vegan Musubi Recipe Rundown
Firm Tofu: for this recipe the best vegan substitution for spam, in our opinion, is tofu. To best mimic the texture of Spam it is best to use firm tofu. If you don’t have firm tofu on hand, any tofu but silken tofu could work. The texture won’t be as firm, but it will still taste great. The nice thing about tofu is it really doesn’t have too much of a taste, but it has texture.
Spam Marinade: To mimic the flavor of Spam we marinated the tofu. We used soy sauce, which can be substituted by liquid aminos, coconut aminos or tamari. We also used vegan Worcestershire, maple syrup, liquid smoke, powdered smoked paprika, and garlic powder.
For very flavorful tofu it is recommended to add the marinade and sliced blocks of tofu into a container to sit in the fridge overnight.
Even if the tofu doesn’t marinade over night, make the marinade then pour it over the slices of tofu. Let the tofu soak in the marinade for a couple of minutes. Then transfer the tofu to a lines sheet tray and pour any extra marinade on top of the tofu in the pan.
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4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories665
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 14.9g 23%
- Saturated Fat 2.2g 12%
- Sodium 1350mg 57%
- Total Carbohydrate 100g 34%
- Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
- Sugars 9g
- Protein 36g 72%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.