Bacon & Egg Spam Musubi
Anyone who knows me well would know how much I eat and love Spam. My brother had a wide range of food allergies growing up and spam was one of the few foods that he could safely eat. From then on it pretty much became a staple in my household. We always have a good reserve of it back home that’s probably capable of lasting us for a good amount of time in the case of a zombie apocalypse.
So when heading to Hawaii, a place where Spam is a local favourite and is even served on their McDonald’s breakfast menu – I knew that I was right at home. I was especially excited when I had heard that the Hawaiians liked to serve spam in the special form of a musubi. Which is essentially grilled spam served on top of a block of rice and wrapped together with dried seaweed. And on Oahu, Musubi Cafe Iyasume was apparently the go-to place to get your fill of musubis.
We made a quick stop by the cafe on our way to picking up the rental car which was located about a block away. The cafe itself was quite small with the counter for ordering located at one end, and a few tables available for dining in located all the way at the other end.
In the middle of the cafe was an impressive shelf and collection of the many different types of canned spam that were available. As we didn’t have much time, I had forgotten to take a picture but I did happen to take a short video to show you guys.
(You may have to bear with me about the number of vertical snapchat videos in future posts because I clearly did not think far enough ahead about taking an actual picture instead of a video. Or even turning the camera horizontally for ease of viewing for that matter!)
(Clockwise from top) Avocado & Bacon, Ume Spam, Original Spam, Bacon & Egg
The cafe also served other items on the menu including rice balls, bento boxes, and a wide selection of lunch bowls to choose from at dirt cheap prices. But being in a rush and all, we just grabbed a few different types of musubis (priced from $1.88 to $2.68) to snack on later.
My favourite were the bacon & egg spam musubi because how could you ever go wrong with that kind of combo! The bacon and eggs gave it a westernised breakfast feel while the rice, spam and seaweed added a nice asian taste. As a snack, it was so simple and managed to hit all the right spots for me in terms of combining a lot of ingredients that I regularly eat and enjoy!
I also enjoyed the avocado & bacon musubi a lot but ultimately it lost out to the breakfast-style combo above. The original spam musubi on its own however tasted quite salty to me. I’m not sure if this was because it was just rice and spam alone or if my tastebuds had grown too accustomed to the 25% less sodium spam that I usually ate back home. Knowing this now, I would probably just pay the extra 60 cents next time and spring for the favourites.
The ume musubi consisted of spam that was covered in an ume (Japanese for pickled plum) sauce. I didn’t particularly enjoy this one. I had ordered it out of pure curiosity but the plum flavour just tasted odd with the spam in my opinion.
I will certainly be back the next time that I’m in Honolulu to try the other items on the menu. As well as to pick up a spam slicer that the cafe is rumoured to sell but as I was in a rush, I had forgotten to ask about it! ?
Best musubis on the island. Get the bacon and eggs, skip the ume (plum) flavour.
Musubi Cafe Iyasume
2427 Kuhio Ave,
Honolulu HI 96815