Spam-a-Lot

@SaintAnne (5454)
United States
October 4, 2008 2:25pm CST
I looOoove Spam, not the junk mail, but the canned meat. I can eat it everyday. A lot of people do not understand the goodness of Spam. They think it's unhealthy and the meat may be iffy mysterious. It is ham and pork! And because I am trying to eat healthy nowadays, instead of deepfrying slices of spam which I used to do, I buy those Lite or Less Sodium variety of Spam and I "bake" them... then dab the oil off with paper towel. Spam with eggs, noodles and rice makes me happy. Spam could be one of the reasons why I like being in Hawaii. You could watch the sunset while eating a Spam sandwich. Heavenly! Do you like Spam? Or do you think it's gross? It's okay, don't be afraid.
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@emarie (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Growing up in hawaii, damn you better love spam. I may not eat it as much as you do, but i can eat it. Here though its crazy expensive going for about $2. back home i could find it on sale for 99cents sometimes so i don't even get it that much. i normally make a spam musubi out of it or use it for my saimin, fried rice or fried noodles. i normally like it fried not baked and normally with something. when its fried i like it cut thin and crispy. good for breakfast with eggs and rice. but you know what, i've never eaten spam in a sandwhich though...damn this is the 2nd spam question i answered today, now i want a musubi but don't have any spam left!
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hello emarie... there is another Spam discussion? How come it didn't come up when I searched for it here on myLot. Anyway, like I told underdogtoo, I now realized I must have worded my lines about Hawaii that made it a little confusing. I'm in California but I wished I was in Hawaii, watching the sunset and eating Spam Sandwich because that's what I did when I was there on vacation. I like Spam musubi, it's handy!
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@emarie (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
no, i was saying i grew up in hawaii, born and raised, so spam was a common thing for me. i didn't eat it everyday, but i didn't hate it either. right now i'm in california so i kinda miss being able to find it easily. i remember my mom packing me spam musubi in my lunchbox when i went on field trips when i was younger. now i love to make teriyaki spam musubi, i never really liked the salty taste of it, so i would soak the spam slices in teriyaki sauce for a few hours then fry it and use that to make the musubi. my kids love it when i did that.
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Could you come over and make me teriyaki spam musubi too? Sigh! I'm sure I would appreciate it as much as your kids do. I guess it was me who confused my own self with the Hawaii bit. Take care, emarie and keep on loving Spam.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I have eaten spam once, and it was okay with tomato soup, other then that, I just don't like it. I agree with the people who say it's mysterious. However, I have ate and liked liver pudding (also called liver mush) and it is delicious! I have fried it and put it on a sandwich, or have just eaten in cold, or eaten it cold on a sandwich.. But Spam? No Thanks, Ma'aM.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Ahaha... at least you tried it SomeCowgirl. Sometimes, it's just not for everyone. But with tomato soup? Hmmm, that actually sounds like a good combo. I've tried liver once and just can't swallow it... but I enjoy liver spread now and then. How different is that from liver pudding? Thanks for taking the time to respond!
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Oct 08
You know what? I'm not exactly sure what the difference is. I know that liver pudding is kind of solid, but mushy... lol. you live in Hawaii and ya'll consider it a different food group? hmmm, that's kind of neat.
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@drannhh (15206)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I just asked my husband to comment on this because he is almost an expert on Spam, since it was popularized when he was an airman in World War II. He says "I love it!" He adds that he has endured much ridicule because of his favorable impression of spam, even though he hung out with the kind of people who serve up hot dogs and call them rolled roast. And in the mess hall they had another name for chipped beef on toast which cannot be mentioned here, but hubby chose Spam over that any time. I have to admit that some of the ridicule came from me, because years back I was not exactly an advocate for spam, but three things have worked to change that: 1) Hubby has corrupted me, and 2) There is no question but that they are making it better these days, with more wholesome contents and much nicer flavors, and 3) Now it is just so convenient to pick up a can at the Dollar Store and not have to worry about it spoiling if we take the long way home! I think that Armour Treet tastes a lot better than Spam and I confess to putting it in my potatoes au gratin from time to time. I don't fry stuff like that, but have on occasion used it to perk up our much loved cabbage rice and vermicelli side dish, although usually I use Italian (or Polish) sausage in that, or chicken. You are making me hungry!
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
4 Oct 08
No, you are making me hungry! I think WWII was how Spam found its way to the Philippines too. Your hubby needs to be recognized, by the way, not only because he loves Spam but because he is a brave and courageous man who served for his country. I've tried Armour Treet. I like it too and it's cheaper but I still am loyal to my Spam.
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@drannhh (15206)
• United States
5 Oct 08
We thought of you when we shopped at Family Dollar as they had Spam for $2.50 and the Treet was $1 for the same size can, but Treet is chicken, and Spam is pork and ham and actually a little lower in sodium, although not much, so I guess it is worth a little more. Hubby says "Thank you and I resemble that remark!" and then he shot you a big smile and giggled. He is just great and with something like a thousand WW2 vets dying every day, I just think every minute with him is a miracle and I am so thankful that he is in good health and mobile and mentally sharp at his age. Enjoy your Spam!
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hello again, drannhh... They have something worth $2.50 at the Family Dollar? It's been a while since I last went to the Dollar Store but let me tell you about the first time Sister and I went there. Everything we find at every aisle, we keep asking each other how much they're worth... $1, duh! Some were like 2 for $1 but we were psyched! I didn't even know Treet was chicken but they don't sell Spam at the dollar store. Boyfriend always teases me that Spam and rice are the two things that we should never run out of. drannhh, older people are sometimes more able and healthier than a lot of us younger people. I used to work with a 96 year-old woman and until she got sick, you would think she was in her 60s. She was doing more activities than I did! Hope you and your husband are having a wonderful Sunday!
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
4 Oct 08
I also like Spam but fan fry it and eat it with rice. I haven't tried the lite ones and never tried baked either. But my husband doesn't like it because he said that its not overly healthy and full of preservatives. And I don't think it's gross I think its yummy, lol. By the way, my husband has just told me that the place where the most Spam per person per year is eaten is Hawaii!
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I think I know who your husband is, CJay77. Tell him it's his loss that he doesn't like Spam. Tell him he does not want to get into a physical fight with me. Ahahahahah. Yup, I like Spam with just rice. Boyfriend looks at me like I'm crazy when I do that. I dip it in ketchup too, do you do that? Now, I just sliced the Spam, put them in a baking pan, 400 degrees, then flip them over after 10 minutes so the other side gets toasted too for another 10 more minutes. Usually, it takes longer than that but I want my spam crisp. They even have Spam contests in Hawaii. Here's a link to a news article with one of the winning recipe. I think I might try making it too, making me drool! http://archives.starbulletin.com/2008/07/02/features/story03.html
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
5 Oct 08
Lol, I'm sure that he wouldn't want to get into a physical fight with you, lol! I will tell him that its he's loss for not wanting Spam. I normally dip Spam with soy sauce and calamansi. Tasty Spam Mochi Rice looks yummy I will try to cook it one day! Thanks for putting the link.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Doesn't it sound yummy? Just from the recipe given. I will definitely try it too. I've never tried dipping Spam in soy sauce and calamansi even though I'm a big user of that too... it's more soy sayce and lemon juice. We can just go over to my mom's and pick lemons from her tree/bush (?). You guys take care over there, CJay!
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I like Spam ok, but I do not eat it very often. It is too salty for me. The only way I have ever eaten it is sliced and then cooked until brown on both sides on 2 slices of bread with some mayo.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I haven't added mayonnaise to my Spam sandwich. I just like it plain. Spam and slices of bread. I personally like to (re)cook my Spam, I've heard of people who just like to have them cold and straight from the can. Thanks for responding, lilybug.
@hotsummer (10413)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
i too loved spam before. but now i don't like it any more. i don't like the taste. before i keep buying cans of spam and i eat it every day. but i get tired of it eating it every day. but it was so easy to prepare and fry. with just slittle oil needed.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Do you think you'd eat it again if you knew you were only going to have Spam once a month? I guess you overdid yourself there. Too much of a good thing, I guess. Take care hotsummer and thanks fore responding!
• United States
5 Oct 08
i love spam too! i havent had it in many many years though. personally i always loved it lightly pan-fried and then doused with worchestershire sauce..ooh with mash potato's!! OR..on lightly toasted english muffins and a fried egg on top! yum! dang..that sounds really good right now too. im gonna have to see if my grocery store even sells Spam. i dont recall seeing it there before.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Until now, I have trouble saying worcestershire. Just give me A1. Muffins and spam and eggs on top. Very yummy! Now you make me want an egg benedict. I think Spam should be in the canned meat section, where the tuna cans. soups are... but I'm not sure... but they're always close to where aisle for Asian groceries are. Enjoy Spammin', CinderInMySoul.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
Oh I like spam but I like it fried When I was still going to school I use to pack lunch some spam and rice and my classmates loved it too! My mom cooks a lot so that I can share it with my friends at school. We also cook spam cut into cubes sauteed with green peas, onions and garlics and then sauced with lots of tomato catchup. This meal is best served with fried rice and best eaten at breakfast. Try it! I'm getting hungry now hehe. Ciao!
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
That was nice of your mom, iskayz, to cook a lot of Spam so you can share it with your friends. I used to bring Spam and rice for lunch to school too. But I don't think I had enough to share with others. Heheh. I will try the meal you just mentioned but for me, anything with Spam is best eaten anytime of the day. Once in a while, I like to add Spam into my Spanish rice... I hope you've satisfied that hunger by now, iskayz. Ciao bella!
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@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
I think you are living the perfect life. Watching the sunset and eating spam sandwich does sound like heaven or paradise to me. Me? I can eat spam without diminishing it. Bring on the fat and the sodium. I don't like it lite. I like it like it should be, meat and fat. Cheers!!
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hello underdogtoo. After reading my post, I realized I must have worded some of the lines there wrong. I'm not in Hawaii right now. It was just wishful thinking that I was back there and eating a Spam sandwich while on the beach, watching the sunset. It does sound like the ideal life. Cheers to you, to me and Spam. Thanks for responding!
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5 Oct 08
I love Spam, in fact i ate them just now. In my place there is spam sold but they are a little expensive (probably because of the inflation). I like they spicy one. It gets me happy. I like it on fried rice and noodles with soup!
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hello Kevin, I hope you're enjoying myLot so far. And thank you for pointing out the fact the you just had Spam. I don't think I've tried Spicy but I've tried several so I'm not quite sure but I've never tasted spicy Spam so maybe not. I like it too on rice with noodles. Sometimes I make fried rice with Spam bits. Again, welcome!
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hi anne! I'm just not sure what to say to this. I hate spam. I did eat it as a kid when I went to my grandmother's house. My grandfather liked it. Whenever I saw that can I would cringe. I thought it tasted gross. But, I guess to each his own. If you like it it's ok with me. I just don't and wouldn't try it again ever. I guess I'm just surprised to hear you say that you like it, yet love it and would eat it every day. That's not something that I would think anyone would like to eat everyday. But, I will leave you to your spam and to your enjoying it.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Ahahah, Opal. We've been agreeing on a lot of things that ultimately, we had to find that one thing we disagree on... and it's Spam. It's okay if you hate it. Like you said, to each HER own. At least you have tried it! I know that the answers I would be getting is that they like Spam or they hate it.
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I have never been a spam person I do believe I have tried it before and I could not stand it,it was so nasty,and I do not see how people can eat it,one of my friends is so obsessed with spam that he can not get enough of it,and I think he is crazy,I have tried treat meat before and I think it is like spam,but it is not as bad as spam but I still could not see myself eating it,because it is not a food that appeals to me.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Oh, you people. Just as long as you've tried it then you have the right to have an opinion about it. I guess now you think I'm crazy too because I just can't get enough of Spam. Thanks Cowboy!
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@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Actually, I have never eaten Spam. I don't like how it looks or smells, though, so I don't think that is going to happen anytime soon! What does Hawaii have to do with Spam? I mean, I know that there is some connection because when we went there my brother had some at McDonald's or something.
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Spam is big in Hawaii. It's almost like another food group for them and me! http://www.wisegeek.com/why-is-spam-so-popular-in-hawaii.htm
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@jackiew (915)
• Canada
5 Oct 08
spam sandwich and a cup of tea-delicious-I love it!
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Amen! (But sshhh, I'm not a big fan of tea).
@jackiew (915)
• Canada
6 Oct 08
no tea just spam then[lol]
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It's okay, jackiew. You can enjoy your tea if that makes Spam more delicious for you.
• United States
7 Oct 08
Nah, I am not a fan of spam. I do remember that my mother used to fry it for sandwiches, and I thought they were pretty good, but I have never even bought any of it. I normally do not like to eat anything that contains ingredients I can not identify, hehehe.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Ahaha, that's usually what some people tell me why they won't eat Spam. Its ingredients are mysterious. But there's a lot of food out there with ingredients that we can't identify.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Yep. There are. And I don't eat those either, hehehe. Not because I am a health nut either, I am just a scardy cat!
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Once you go Spam, there's no turning back... Wait, that doesn't rhyme. Well, you have your own garden there so you know where most of them come from.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
5 Oct 08
SaintAnne, Basically, they are what we would call it canned pork luncheon meat. Over the years I have tried many brands Spam, Tulip, Maling and what not. I find that Spam is a little salty and soft on its texture for my liking. I prefer Maling and I would encourage you to try this brand if you can get a hold of it. The taste, texture and saltiness are just right and whether you steam, stew, fry or eat it right out of the can I can assure you a different experience. So do have a go at it and let me know what you think of it.
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I've had Maling before when I was still in the Philippines. It's been years though, I'm pretty sure more than 8 years since I last had one. I think my sister likes Maling more than Spam and I'm the opposite. I am not familiar with Tulip. And I am not sure if they sell Maling anywhere here unless I go to an Asian supermarket. Thank you!