Sunday, March 12, 2006

Ono Grinds and Nijiya Market

Here's an interesting fact: Hawaii has the highest per capita consumption of Spam in this country. Hawaiians love their Spam. They put it in every possible recipe they can think of. It's a fascination as well as a way of life, similar to how the people of Gilroy praise their garlic. From the eclectic vault of unusual Spam dishes emerges one very focal dish in Hawaii: the Spam Musubi.

This is comfort food at its finest. You have your rice and meat (though some would say meat is a loose term when referring to Spam). It's sort of like a poor man's sushi. The meat and rice are wrapped in a sheet of seaweed. Variations have rice seasoned with furikake (which is dried seaweed, sesame seeds, and seasonings), or brushed with a little teriyaki sauce. The Spam is usually fried on a frying pan for a slightly crispy texture on the outside. You can also buy Spam Musubi molds that help make perfectly rectangular Musubis. A more cost effective way is to just use the Spam cannister as the mold.

If you're not in the mood to make these musubis at home, stop by Nijiya Market for a quick musubi (under 2 bucks), or treat yourself to a Hawaiian brunch at Rutt's Inn (I'll have to do a separate review of Rutt's Inn sometime in the near future). Ono grinds in West LA!

Nijiya Market - 2130 Sawtelle Blvd, West LA

Rutt's Inn - 12114 Washington Blvd, Culver City

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