Spam musubi is another of our island favorites. I love it because it's so simple and there is no end to the variations possible. If you don't have a musubi press, they can be made by hand in the shape of the spam slices (rice portion should be about 1 inch thick). Just make sure when you shape it that you compress it enough to hold it's shape (there's almost nothing more depressing than a musubi that falls apart while you're trying to eat it!) I hope my instructions don't put you off ...it's pretty long; I didn't expect it to be so hard to explain something so simple! It's pretty much rice and spam wrapped in seaweed. If you don't like seaweed, you might want to try wrapping it in scrambled egg cooked thin and flat like a crepe.
- Cook rice as you normally would. When the rice cooker ?finishes? cooking, fluff the rice with a rice paddle. Replace cover and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
- Put some water in a small bowl to use as a sealer for the nori wrapper. Set aside.
- Cut nori in half; lengthwise or widthwise -- whichever will wrap it around the musubi. You can also make them in narrow strips (like in the picture); a lot of nori come perforated now for easy separation. Place in a resealable plastic bag. Set aside.
- Cut Spam into 8 slices. Each should be about 2" x 3-1/2" x 1/4" (size/shape of the top end, cut 1/4" thick.).
- In a large non-stick pan over medium heat, fry slices until lightly browned and slightly crispy. Place on a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside. (You shouldn't need oil.).
- Combine the soy sauce, mirin and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; add the spam, turning to coat. Simmer until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes; remove pan from heat. Let Spam slices sit in marinade until ready to use.
- Instructions below are for 1 musubi. Repeat with the other 7 Spam slices, making sure to rinse off musubi maker after each use to prevent if from getting too sticky -- keeping in a bowl of warm water will help to keep it clean and moist.
- MUSUBI 1. Place a piece of nori on a clean surface. Moisten (but not dripping wet) lower half of musubi maker and position on top of the nori so the length of the press is in the middle of the nori (widthwise). The press and the width of the nori should fit exactly the length of a slice of Spam. Fill the musubi maker with 1/2 cup of the rice, press rice until 3/4-inch high. Top with 1 slice of Spam. Remove the musubi from the press by pushing the whole stack down (with the flat part of the press) while lifting off the press. Fold nori end closest to you over the Spam and rice stack; roll until completely wrapped in the nori. Slightly dampen the end of the nori to seal it. Repeat with remaining Spam slices.
- MUSUBI 2. Spread approximately 1/4 cup cooked rice across the bottom of the musubi maker, on top of the nori. Press rice down to compact the rice until it is 1/4-inch thick. Place a slice of Spam on top of the rice. Cover with an additional 1/4 cup cooked rice; press until 1/4-inch thick. Remove the musubi from the press by pushing the whole stack down (with the flat part of the press) while lifting off the press. Fold nori end closest to you over Spam and rice stack; roll until completely wrapped in the nori. Slightly dampen the end of the nori to seal it. Repeat with remaining Spam slices.
- OTHER IDEAS: 1. Sprinkle rice with furikake, mixed in with the rice or sprinkled on before placing Spam on rice. 2. Add a thin layer of scrambled egg (place under the Spam. 3. Add furukake and the scrambled egg. 3. Slice each musubi in half diagonally after making; 4. Musubi #1 without the sauce; 5. You can also use hotdog (sliced to flatten, not completely through), leftover chicken, etc. There is no wrong way to make a musubi. All that matters is that you enjoy it!
- SOME NOTES I PICKED UP OVER THE INTERNET:.
- NOTE1: Only use medium-grain 'sticky' rice such as Calrose Diamond G brand.
- NOTE2: 1 rice cooker cup = 180 ml (1 regular cup = 240 ml) 3 rice cooker cups of uncooked rice should give you the 5 cups of rice you will need for this.
- NOTE3. the NORI sheets (thin roasted seaweed). As a general rule of thumb ? good Nori is very dark green, almost black in color.
- NOTE4. Spam musubi are best eaten while still warm but if you have to refrigerate your musubi, wrap each in plastic wrap or press n' seal and refrigerate. Just pop it into the microwave for about 10 seconds or so to soften the rice.