Hawaii head-buts Vietnam in this meeting of cultures. Spam musubi sprouted in Hawaii during WWII, making the best of rations during a trying time. Rice paper wrappers, or báhn tráng, give sushi rice and teriyaki Spam, while scallions lend a bite of freshness to this salty treat.
Spam Musubi Spring Rolls
Yields: 8 servings
2 cups dry short grain rice
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp salt
Spam Musubi Rolls
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
⅛ cup mirin
1 tbsp white sugar
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 can Spam, sliced in 8 (keep the can)
8 rice paper wrappers (8.5" wide)
2 scallions greens, cut into 4" pieces
1 full nori sheet, cut into 8 rectangles
To prepare the sushi rice, cook 2 cups short grain rice in a rice cooker. Meanwhile, heat a saucepan over medium heat and stir in vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stirring constantly until sugar and salt have dissolved. Pour rice into a large tray and sprinkle vinegar mix over it. Gently toss together and set aside covered with a moist cloth towel to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and garlic until sugar has dissolved. Heat a large skillet over medium. Working in 2 batches, add Spam slices and sear for 1 minute. Add half of the teriyaki sauce to the sauce pan, making sure it reaches all Spam slices. After 1 minute, flip Spam. Cook for 2 more minutes, then flip and sear 1 more minute. If during this process your sauce begins to thicken and burn, pour a bit of white wine to the skillet to deglaze. Remove Spam from the heat and let cool.
To assemble, fill a large bowl with water. Working one at a time, dip a wrapper in water for 15 seconds, then remove and place on a flat surface. In the center place scallions and cover with nori and Spam. Divide the sushi rice in 8 equal amounts. Place one serving in the Spam can and press down with a small spoon until even. Empty gently onto Spam. Roll the rice wrapper by folding the right excess over to the left, and the same with the left excess to the right. Bring remaining excess wrapper to the center, making sure air bubbles don't form. Enjoy ASAP.