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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

OF Rice And Ramen... and Spam

1. Instant ramen is perfect when you need to get a meal on the table pronto. Throw in a few leaves of bok choy , spam and fried egg and you can bet your kids will slurp the noodles with gusto.

2.Spam is a handy ingredient to have around. In Malaysia, we call it 'luncheon meat'.

3. 'Nasi' is rice in Malay/Indonesian

Here's my favourite 'no-fuss', 'no-brainer' recipe to share.

Spam Fried Rice


3 bowls of cooked rice (preferably rice that has been refrigerated overnight )
1/2 to 1 tin of spam (diced)
1/2 bowl of frozen mixed vegetables
1 onion (chopped)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Salt or to taste
A dash of pepper
1 teaspoon light soya sauce


Heat up wok and add cooking oil. Brown the diced spam. Remove and keep aside.
Saute onion till fragrant, add mixed-vegetables and stir fry for 1 minute. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.
Turn up heat. Add rice and fried spam meat and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add eggs and soya-sauce. Stir mixture around the wok to coat evenly.
You know it's ready when you see the rice grains 'jumping up and down' the wok. Grandma always used to say "fry until the rice starts to dance".

Rule of Thumb for adding the right amount of water when cooking rice
(Works for any pot size)

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Add water until it covers the knuckles when your hand is flat on the rice.
Point your index finger to the surface of the rice. Add water until the level reaches the first joint of your index finger.


1. Spam was developed by George A. Hormel & Co. and first marketed in 1937.

2.Spam is a registered trademark name for a canned ground pork shoulder and ham product introduced by the Hormel Company in 1937.

3.During WW II, Hormel sold more than half of its output to the U.S. government, which supplied SPAM to the armed forces of the U.S., and also to the U.S.S.R. under the lend-lease program.

4.The 1 billionth can of spam was sold in 1959.
The 6 billionth can was produced in 2002.

5.West Yellowstone sponsors the 'Spam Cup' cross country ski race, with the winner receiving a can of Spam.

6.In addition to the U.S., spam is produced in 7 other countries: Australia, Denmark, UK, Japan, Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan. Spam is distributed in more than 50 countries.

7.The SPAMJAM Cafe opened in February 2004 in the Philippines. Except for hot dogs, French fries and desserts, all other menu items are made with Spam, including Spam Burger, Spam Hero, Spam Club, Spam Spaghetti, Spam Baked Macaroni, Spam Nuggets and Spam Caesar Salad.

8.Austin, Minnesota, is home to the Hormel Company's plant that produces Spam, a canned meat product popular with Americans. Created in 1937, some of the first commercials aired on TV were for Spam.

9.Spam even has a mascot -- Spammy, the miniature pig. In 1991, for its 100th anniversary, Hormel Foods opened the First Century Museum. The exhibit of Spam memorabilia quickly became the most popular. In the United States alone, 3.6 cans of Spam are consumed every second, making it the number one product in its category (canned meat) by far. On the island of Guam, more than eight cans of Spam are consumed by every person each year.

10.More than 60 years after it was first produced, Spam is still enormously popular. More than 6 billion cans have been sold!
Library of Congress Local Legacies Project

11.Richard LeFevre holds the world record for eating SPAM by eating 6 pounds in 12 minutes.

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  1. Thanks for the helpful rice tip! Also, I haven't had spam in awhile, so I don't even remember what it tastes like...but this makes want to try some :D

  2. My kids love spam fried rice!! We are veteran spam eaters! LOL

  3. That fried egg looks soooo good! Maybe I'll slurp up some of that for lunch tomorrow!

    I do the water up to the first joint of the index finger trick when making rice. But this is a sticky subject (no pun intended) between me and my husband...he likes his rice dry (it might as well be raw!) and I like mine more moist (he says he didn't order porridge!). So maybe we'll try the hand trick and see if that works better.

    Cool post!

  4. I would never have though to use Spam in fried rice but it looks wonderful. Also, thanks for the tip on measuring water for rice -- I always use too much! I will try this next time.

  5. My kids have been eating ramen lately, but you wouldn't catch them ever eating SPAM!

  6. I have never been able to eat spam. I tried to feed it to a dog once and the dog would not eat it. But I bet the recipe would be great with the precooked grilled chicken pieces or canned chicken. We buy a lot of that for wraps. :)

  7. Is it spam day here? lol. WOW! Who knew so many dishes could be made with Spam? Huh! I've never actually tried it...but that Spam fried rice looks awesome!

  8. What a great tip about how much water with the rice - thanks!

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