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Thread: How can mainlanders hate spam?

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    Default How can mainlanders hate spam?

    To some people in the islands, spam is the most versatile foods around.

    We locals grew up on this stuff, and we don't have steaks, lobster, or whatever they (mainlanders) eat everyday.
    How'd I get so white and nerdy?

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    The one in the blue can I like.

    I hate all of the spam that comes in email!

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    I tend to eat the Low Sodium version of Spam also in the blue can. Been known to eat the Turkey Spam too.

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    Okay.

    In theory, Spam is just fine. There's nothing wrong with it. It's a perfectly acceptable food.

    Except.

    I know that when my parents were having a hard time making ends meet, they served us Spam. This seems to be the case with many of us who grew up on the Mainland. You only got Spam when your folks were broke and you had nothing else to eat. It was one-week-til-payday food.

    So it's mental. I can't speak for everyone, but eating Spam, in whatever shape or form, reminds me of hard times. Even fried, in shoyu? No thanks. I'll eat the rice plain, wrapped in nori.

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    A friend married guy from the Boston area and came to Hawaii to visit the in-laws...they served SPAM for breakfast with eggs and he was SHOCKED I think the further east you go, the people don't like SPAM. I watched a SPAM festival on the Food network not too long ago...they sure made SPAM look Ono!
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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    Spam and Vienna Sausage = "Food of the gods"

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    The problem I have is that I like my Spam sliced very thin and fried to a crisp. None of the local eateries do it that way.

    (Granted, sometimes I just slice it raw from the can and eat it as a sandwich ... with mustard.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilinahe
    Okay.

    In theory, Spam is just fine. There's nothing wrong with it. It's a perfectly acceptable food.

    Except.

    I know that when my parents were having a hard time making ends meet, they served us Spam. This seems to be the case with many of us who grew up on the Mainland. You only got Spam when your folks were broke and you had nothing else to eat. It was one-week-til-payday food.

    So it's mental. I can't speak for everyone, but eating Spam, in whatever shape or form, reminds me of hard times. Even fried, in shoyu? No thanks. I'll eat the rice plain, wrapped in nori.
    Probably that'll explain it why my older brother's (who is attending school in Michigan) friends looked at him weird when we sent him several cans of the stuff.

    The dried octopus and other dried things didn't please them either, but they did like the li hing mui.
    How'd I get so white and nerdy?

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    I love spam!

    Did you know a Spam Musubi costs 500 dollars at Sansei?

    It's true! next time you go there look on the menu!

    -vic

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    Quote Originally Posted by adri1456
    From another thread

    What would you miss if you stayed on the mainland for a few years? My Mom sent him spam (the food), a rice cooker (you gotta have rice w/ spam), dried squid/octopus (and other dried food), and li hing mui.
    I think you hit this topic on the head as to why Spam is kind of popular here in Hawaii. The fact that Spam and rice tend to go together. I admit despite my many years living in Hawaii I'm not much of a rice eater. I don't even own a rice cooker, hell I more than likey burn steamed rice if I attempt to cook it. I prefer making Macaroni and Cheese over Rice-a-Roni any day of the week, but I tell you I would not serve or eat Spam with pasta or potatoes. It won't kill you if you do but I suspect it's a worse food comboination that serving white wine with beef.

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    My father-in-law hated spam till he met me..lol. He said it was served to the people who were fighting over seas months on end. He also said when you're poor, it was cheapest meat to buy.
    I made spam and pineapple once and he tried it and liked it. He also liked it in the fried rice. He still don't like the musubi though. He'll eat it if , like Albert, sliced very thin and fried.
    I guess it's how you prepare it.

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    Quote Originally Posted by aleno
    I guess it's how you prepare it.
    Maybe you can please your in-law by serving up some of THIS.

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    I have a mainland friend who told me that he eats it out of a can. *shudders* Even I won't eat it straight out of a can and I love spam. I too, like it fried crispy, almost taste like sizzlean bacon ... almost.

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    If I am using one those packaged Rice mixes (like Rice-o-Roni or the Lipton ones), I take a can of Spam, half of that is sliced (in varyness degrees of thickness) and placed on a plate. The other half is cut into cubes and/or strips and placed into the almost finished cooking rice mix. When the rice mix is done, pour that on the plate of spam.

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    Thanks Kukui,

    Some of the recipies sounds good.

    I never thought spam tasted like sizzlin but I never had it.....LOL

    Helen what flovor of rice do you use with your spam?

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    For Rice-a-Roni, I tend to use the Chicken or Fried Rice flavor.

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    My son likes the rice-a-roni. I personally would rather cook my own but I do buy him those. I'll suggest the spam but he doesn't care much for it.

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    Its Funny cause Im from Hawaii ( #1 spam lovers) and I live in Alaska ( #2 spam lovers ) but everyone I talk to here tells me they hate spam! When I tell them about spam & eggs or spam fried rice they all give me strange looks

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    Guess it's just an Islander thing about SPAM...I don't have any in my house now but I always have to buy to take to the mainland! It's so expensive there! And my daughter LOVES it! (she lives in N. CA) Maybe it was known as "poor man's food that's what some have told me.
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    I get my spam from food for less hear in California. It's 2.69 on sale but most times it's 3.16 cents. what is the going rate for spam in Hawaii and else where?

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    Here in HI if it's on sale you can get a can of SPAM for $1.59-1.69. No wonder I have to haul SPAM up there for my daughter! I also bring her lau lau, poi and kalua pig. And bring luau leaves for my brother who lives in San Jose.
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    No wonder hawaii is Spam capital of the world...LOL.
    I bought couple Taro plants from a guy at the aloha fest, who was selling hawaiian plants. I got a papaya tree and a tee leaf plant too. I keep them in a green house.
    One day i'll have enough taro growing for me to make my own poi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kukui_nut
    Maybe you can please your in-law by serving up some of THIS.
    Whoa! Spam cupcakes??!!

    Ok. Quoting from the "Gospel According to Kimo"
    chapter 12 Verse tree...
    "...during the lass days going get pieces
    of sky falling on yo' head and going get one
    skinny pake girl winning golf games..and
    going get people making SPAM CUPCAKES!!"

    The sign of the Apocalypse .. or as we
    used to say in Kalihi ..Ah Pack of Leeps!

    Ai carrumbah! Bruddah Krash thot he seen
    it all ...but NOOOOOOoooooo! Now along
    come SPAM CUPCAKES ...is nothing sacred
    these days??!!

    I thot wen I saw LOW SODIUM spam
    that was eeet.

    I thot wen I saw TURKEY spam
    that was eeet.

    But I am turning in my "Imitation Krab"
    membership card if there is any more
    desercration of the holy'
    grail of processed "food" our beloved
    SPAM.

    What happened to REAL food??!!!

    K'den..."um...waitress...I will take
    the Bocca Burger wit everyting on it
    k? And oh...you guyz get Sweet n low?"
    "I was going call 911 ...but I neva know da numbah"

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    But what brand of spam do you like?

    I like the original blue can (Hormel). When I see my mom buy the imitation kind, I remind myself to not eat it (sometimes it taste junk) but when she serves it, I usually eat it.

    And is it just me, or does certain people hate spam in Hawaii? Only me and my dad will eat that stuff, while my siblings won't (my Mom fries it, but when she makes musubi, then they eat it

    How you figgah? (never used that phrase for a while)
    How'd I get so white and nerdy?

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    Default Re: How can mainlanders hate spam?

    What's "imitation"? Treet? 'Cause I tried that bacon-flavored Tulip, and it's actually not bad at all.

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