Go SPAM crazy
Ever tried SPAM sushi? Or how about SPAM raviolis? Visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu in late April and you can enjoy this canned meat artfully prepared by more than a dozen of Waikiki’s top chefs. The Waikiki SPAM Jam, a one-day street festival, celebrates Hawaiians’ crazy love of SPAM: It’s estimated that they consume about 7 million cans of “spiced ham’’ every year.
“Like potatoes are to the Irish, SPAM is to the Hawaiians,’’ says festival coordinator Karen Winpenny. “You can cook it with pretty much anything. I fry it up with eggs and rice, put teriyaki sauce on top, and eat it for breakfast.’’
If that doesn’t appeal, go to the festival and sink your teeth into SPAM fajitas, french fries, or musubi, which is fried SPAM wrapped in seaweed that’s served on a bed of rice. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Hawaiian Food Bank.