Vegan "Spam" Musubi

January 2, 2023
A great quick Hawaiian snack influenced by the Japanese, the musubi requires only 3 main ingredients—rice, Spam and seaweed. It became popular after World War II, when food was scarce and canned food was heavily supplied. It then became a home staple and delicacy. The beauty of this is that it only requires simple basic ingredients and has a strong history. For this version, we’ll be using vegan luncheon. And there are no strict measurements here, everything is all about personal preferences and taste.
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Vegan “Spam” Musubi

Recipe Type: Appetizers Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 6 servings
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  • 3-4 cups cooked rice
  • 5-6x strips of seaweed
  • 1 pack of vegan luncheon (I used OmniPork)
  • 2 tbsp oil
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1. Grease 1 tbsp of oil on a square tray (this helps make it easier to flip over the rice later). You may also use non-stick paper if you prefer. 

2. Transfer your precooked rice and press firmly as you mold your rice to hold its shape. 

3. Oil your knife to easily cut into 6 rectangles (as the shape of the vegan spam). You can also use a rice sushi molder if you do have one—in this case, it is still possible to make it by improvising 🙂 

4. On a hot non stick pan, heat up 1 tbsp oil and fry your vegan spam until golden brown. 

5. Place your spam on top of each rectangle rice and wrap with a seaweed strip. 

6. You can also get creative with adding more fillings such as cucumber, bell pepper or vegan egg in between the vegan spam and seaweed. Drizzle with vegan mayo (optional) and glazed with a sweeten soy sauce. Add toasted white sesame seeds and avocado slices for an extra kick of texture and healthy fats.

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Photo: Bel Faustino

Bel Faustino
Bel’s curiosity for healthy living started at a young age of 11. From mindful eating to exercise, she always had a sweet tooth struggle and her weakness are desserts. It then took her high school and uni days to find the balance to maintain the healthy lifestyle yet enjoy desserts in a more guilt-free way and veganizing them seems the way to do it. Obsessed with always finding healthier alternatives, she hopes to recreate her favorite non vegan treats and share her recipes through her culture (Filipina born in Macau, S.A.R., China), lifestyle, childhood memories and travels (Southeast Asia, USA, Mexico, UK and more to come!). Follow her journey in Instagram @belbrosasfaustino.


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