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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spam Fried Rice

Do you like fried rice with Spam?

Spam Fried Rice

What goes in fried rice with Spam?
Tell me, tell me, Ann-I-Am!

First you start with day old rice
‘Cause fresh made rice is not so nice
Fresh made rice -- so wet, it sticks
It turns rice into rice bricks
Put that rice back in the fridge
To chill and dry, just a smidge

Lots of garlic cloves to chop
Enough to make a vampire drop!
And what’s fried rice without the eggs?
T’would be a footstool sans two legs

And then, of course, we have the Spam
Mystery meat cube in a can
What goes in a can of Spam?
Hormel says it’s just SPiced hAM
To know the truth would be quite neat
I just say, “Some Parts Are Meat.”
So, plop that block of Spam, kerplunk
And cut it into bite-sized chunks

Everything else is up to you:
Cut-up fish balls, peeled shrimp too
Couple cups of frozen veg
Any leftovers you can dredge
Up from the freezer. You might stumble
On something fun for this jumble

Shrimp, Fish Balls, Spam, Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Garlic, Eggs, Rice

 Shrimp, Fish Balls, Spam, Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Garlic, Eggs, Rice

Once we’ve got the fried rice charted
Now let’s get this party started!

First, heat oil in a pan
Beat three eggs and drop them in
Scramble up until they’re fried
Take them out and set aside

Frying Eggs For Spam Fried Rice

 Frying Eggs For Spam Fried Rice

Garlic next. Fry it well
Pungent, fragrant is the smell
Spam’s the next one to go down
Fry it until it gets browned
Add the fish balls and the shrimp
Frozen veggies (not yet limp)

Frying Spam, Fish Balls, Shrimp and Veggies For Spam Fried Rice

 Frying Spam, Fish Balls, Shrimp and Veggies For Spam Fried Rice

Toss and fry, mix and churn
Move it ‘round, don’t let it burn
Until the shrimp becomes opaque
Don’t overcook, for goodness’ sake!

Fry Shrimp Until Opaque

Fry Shrimp Until Opaque

And now, the rice. Just dump it down
Break it up and spread it ‘round
Drizzle soy and oyster sauce
Just how much? Hey, you’re the boss
Don’t forget: Spam is salty
Too much sauce would be faulty
So we say, season to taste
Make good food, not food waste

Toss that rice! Mix it in!
Clumps of rice would be a sin
You will get, if you mix it right,
A little something in each bite
Finally, add the eggs back on
Last ingredient, then you’re done
Stomach growling; time to sup
C’mon and plate this fried rice up!

Adding Fried Eggs Back to Spam Fried Rice

Adding Fried Eggs Back to Spam Fried Rice

So there you have it: Spam Fried Rice
Tell us, Readers, but be nice
Would you eat fried rice with Spam?
Comment now!


Spam Fried Rice

 Spam Fried Rice

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E. Thai said...

Nate and Annie,
Not only can you cook, you can write poetry too! You guys are very talented. Thanks for putting all that work in the Spam Fried Rice. The pictures are beautiful. I actually make this all the time, although not quite as fancy as yours. My favorite comfort food.

Sonya said...

I completely agree! Nice well as cooking! And I love spam fried rice!

J said...

Dearest Ann-I-Am
This eloquent ode to rice and Spam
Everything said in cute rhyme
Makes me think you've got too much time!

jesse said...

*clap clap clap* Bravo!!! Looks clean and delicious!! At the Asian ghetto in Berkeley, I remember one of our favourite things to get was kimchee spam fried rice, mm!

Anonymous said...

How appropriate for Dr. Seuss's birthday!

Pearl said...

spam fried rice looks SO good - i've never had it (and i can't quite recall what spam tastes like), so i'm a bit apprehensive but SO tempted to make it!

Vrinda said...

Beautiful pic...

KirkK said...

Yoso-poetic! Great job with the fried nice, so nice!

Carolyn Jung said...

Spam, I am! ;)
I ate enough of it as a kid that I am probably part Spam now.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS POEM!! Bravo. And I love fried rice with Spam almost as much as I love Dr. Seuss. =) ~Krista S.

Vicki said...

I love spam fried rice! I usually add some oyster sauce and soy :)

Brother Lau said...

Love it!!! You're so gifted. This sure looks better than "Green Eggs and Ham". :-) Jane Lau

Sid Khullar said...

That's brilliant... the rice and the rhyme!

Nate-n-Annie said...

@all - thanks for your comments!

A clarification: Although I (Nate) signed the post with "Cheers, Ann-I-Am", it is actually my writing. I should have signed it "N-I-Am" or something like that.

@E. Thai - thanks for your comments. The beauty about fried rice is that you can put whatever you like in it!

@J - trust me, it took a LONG time to write this post!

@Jesse - Kimchee spam fried rice - yowza!

@Anonymous - you know, I had no idea it was Dr. Seuss' birthday. How serendipitous!

@Pearl - Really, you must try it!

@Carolyn - who's more Spammy, you or Meat Boy?

@Krista - thank you!

@Jane - thanks!

@Sid - thank you for the compliment!

Linda said...

OMG - total comfort food!!! A little kim chee either mixed in or on the side, and I'm set for dinner.

p.s. loved the cute Seuss poetry!:)

Jenster said...

Love the poem and the photos! I'm making fried rice tonight, too, using leftover pork chops and some portuguese sausage. Can't wait.

I'm posting a Spam-related entry later on my blog. I've been meaning to do so for days and you just reminded me. I hope you'll check it out if you have the time.

Warning: There will not be delicious-looking photos.

Mrs. L said...

Love spam fried rice. Make it all the time. I grew up eating spam (my moms spam casserole on my blog is my favorite) in a lot of different dishes (though never in sushi).

Wendy said...

Love your poem, your beautiful pictures and your recipe. Thanks for sharing. You are so talented!

Nate-n-Annie said...

@Linda - I wish I had some kim chee now :-)

@Jenster - looking forward to your post!

@Wendy - thank you so much!

Starningblue said...

Just dropping by to say hi! Spam Fried Rice was something I blogged about to~ Cant go wrong with that dish :)

Love Spam Fried Rice with ABC Soup!


YCT said...

This is a great poem to teach cooking fried rice. I'll try this with my niece when she's a little older (i.e., tall enough to see over the kitchen table.) =)

Mark Scarbrough said...

Posted once--and I think I somehow lost the connection at the crucial moment. Anyway, I grew up eating spam--and grew up in Texas. My mother made it into a roast, stuffed with whole cloves. Crazy. But I still have a taste for it. I sometimes dice it up into frittatas. But I will definitely have to try it in fried rice.

Mely (mimk) said...

This is a great and funny post that my son will sure to enjoy.
Fried rice is his thing and with this recipe, he will be a hit!

Love the poem.

chubbycheeks said...

Spam fried rice! Ahhhh... reminds me of my childhood days... LOVED EATING IT, except we used luncheon meat instead of spam. but now with the ban on luncheon meat... spam will do just fine!

will certainly try the recipe. love the pictures too - the food looks SO GOOD

Dee said...

I do so like fried rice and spam.
Thank you! Thank you! Ann-I-Am!

Nate-n-Annie said...

@Mark - hmm, frittatas! Great idea.

@chubbycheeks - I hadn't heard about a luncheon meat ban.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Anne, you are a genius! =D