In January, I wrote a brief list of New Years Resolutions in this post. I'm not one for self sacrifice so these were enjoyable resolutions, one of which was to learn to cook more Korean Food. When most people think of Korean food they think of the famous barbecue, and they are not wrong, but there are a lot of simpler Korean dishes that can be easily mad at him. Many of them contain an ingredient that a fair amount of people view with disdain, Spam:
Now until recently I had never actually eaten Spam, though I wasn't against it, as it holds a certain kitschy appeal. When I heard that Soam is considered a luxury ingredient in Korea, with people wrapping it up and giving it as a prize gift I decided I needed to give it a try.
Spam was first introduced by the Hormel corporation in 1937 and its cheap cost and long shelf led to it becoming very popular with the American military. In the 1950s during the Korean war American troops introduced Koreans to Spam and it became an immediately popular food item. Unlike in the rest of the world Spam is relatively expensive in Korea and it is included in quite a few popular dishes. Today, spam consumption in South Korea is second only to the United States.
A good Spam beginner recipe is Korean Fried Rice, its a very simple dish and quite tasty. Also is you really cannot stomach Spam you could substitute ham, though I think you should give Spam a try!
Korean Fried Rice With Spam
4-5 cups or rice
1/2 can of Spam sliced
4 tbsp of butter, plus a tablespoon or so more for frying the eggs
2-3 tbsp Soy Sauce, use more if you like it really salty, but I prefer the lesser amount
A bunch of scallions chopped
Put the spam, Kim Chi, and half of the butter in the pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until the Kim Chi wilts. Add the rice and soy sauce and stir everything to combine. Keep cooking stirring frequently while you fry the eggs in a separate pan. When the eggs are done place them on top or the rice and top everything off with chopped scallions. Enjoy!
If you are really interested in the history of Spam there is a Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota. If I ever take my day dream kitsch road tour of the United States this place would definitely be on my list!
Finally just because it's cute a non spam or food related photo of Weasley watching the big game, by which I mean the puppy bowl.