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Spam musubi made from Spam and rice
|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||Hawaii|
|Serving temperature||Hot or cold|
|Main ingredient(s)||Spam, rice, nori|
Inexpensive and portable, Spam musubi is commonly found near cash registers in convenience stores all over Hawaii.
Typical preparation begins with grilling slices of spam, sometimes with a light teriyaki flavor. An acrylic mold (often the shape of a slice of Spam) is then placed over a long, narrow piece of nori and rice is pressed into the mold. The grilled spam is placed over the rice before the mold is removed. The nori is then wrapped over the top and around the musubi. It is served sometimes with soy sauce or Japanese mayonnaise.
Spam became a popular food in Hawaii after World War II. Spam was a main course for the troops during the war, and the large military presence in Hawaii led to Spam's widespread local adoption. Local Japanese created the Spam musubi as a result.