I grew up in Hawaii eating canned meat in a post-WW2 era that survived and learned to love the canned rations.
Today Hawaii alone consumes more SPAM than all of the 49 other states combined. Thanks to Shane Victorino, the Phillies Flyin' Hawaiian, he's introduced the Hawaiian staple SPAM Musubi (spam and rice wrapped in nori) to Philadelphia.
The locals have their favorite ways to eat SPAM. Besides SPAM musubi, it's fried with cabbage served over rice, in ramen, in fried rice, just plain fried until crisp on the edges. If you visit, you won't find it on most restaurant menus except the very local (hole-in-the-wall type) diners, but you will find the musubi at most 7-11's and other convenience marts and gas stations. It's at every potluck, soccer games, school lunchboxes, parties, and other get togethers. You can find it at the snack shop in the airports.
There are several cookbooks published dedicated to only SPAM recipes.
We eat vienna sausage fried with eggs, plain with rice on the side, or cooked in teriyaki sauce. They are generally sold in bulk in 18-can boxes.
Canned corned beef is cooked with cabbage served with rice, mashed with mayo as sandwich filling, cooked in the pan with teriyaki sauce with round onions, also served with rice. Probably the most favorite is corned beef patties (mixed with egg, chopped onion, mashed potato) and fried, served with ketchup. It's gotten expensive so it's not eaten as frequently as before. My mom would slice it right out of the can and serve it with mayo on the side. Yikes! That one I could not get used to.
I try not to eat too much because of the sodium nitrites but sometimes I just gotta have it!
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