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Aug.
2nd

Get to know your SPAM: Musubi on the menu at Tacoma Bon Odori festival

Spam musubi is on the menu for Saturday's Bon Odori festival at Tacoma Buddhist Temple.
Spam musubi is on the menu for Saturday’s Bon Odori festival at Tacoma Buddhist Temple.

Along with slow-roasted kalua pig and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, Spam musubi just might be Hawaii’s most famous food.

What is it? It’s an island concoction with a fervent following or extreme distaste, depending on a diner’s attitude toward canned meat. Spam musubi, when made the Hawaiian way, looks like a square log of rice topped with sliced Spam and wrapped with a ribbon of dried seaweed. The flavoring is simple, usually just a teriyaki glaze, although fancier versions might come with the Japanese seasoning blend furikake or a layer of scrambled eggs.

On Saturday, it will be one of a number of dishes served at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s Bon Odori celebration, a folk dance festival at the Tacoma temple (read more in this story). Temple volunteers will make 300 Spam musubi Saturday. There are plenty of other foods to enjoy, too. Read more »