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What you need

  • 1 can spam
  • 2 cups short-grain Japanese style rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 sheets nori
  • optional: 1 tsp sugar, 1-2 tbsp rice vinegar, jelly

Do this

  • Rinse the rice and cook with salt beforehand.
  • Add sugar and vinegar to cooked rice while hot if desired. Let cool to at least lukewarm.
  • Slice spam into 8 equal slices (parallel to top of can) and saute until lightly browned on each side. Don’t let it get crispy.
  • Near the end, toss in some jelly (guava is good) and/or soy sauce and cook into the spam.

  • Cut the bottom out of the spam can with a can opener.
  • Cut the nori in half, so that each half is about as long as a piece of spam.
  • To assemble, put the can over the middle of a piece of nori, put a slice of spam in, add about 1 inch of rice, pack down, remove can, and tightly wrap nori around, moistening the ends to seal.

NOTE: you can also use a musubi press instead of the can and a wire meat slicer. But usually those are for 10 slices which IMO is too thin and in the other direction, which isn’t optimized for the nori sheets. YMMV.

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