I was looking up a possibly different place Shawn & I could grab breakfast in the morning (Saturday). I saw a local place that had a photo that said “we have Spam and Eggs!” I hadn’t thought about spam since I watched Oktapbang Koyangi (옥탑방 고양이) when they are eating a fake or Korean knock off that I thought was called “zipam”, but now I can’t find anything when I google that. I had a vague memory flood me of back when I ate meat and longer ago when I ate spam. It was salty and not meat like which at the time was disgusting, but currently I think would be great. I don’t like my fake meats to taste too close to meats anymore. I googled to see if anyone sells a vegetarian/vegan spam, but alas they do not. There are, however, some recipes! I don’t know that I will bother, but I will keep an eye out for premade.
Recipe here: http://ieatfood.net/2008/11/11/vegan-spam/ complete with Spamalot photos! (A favorite!)
The recipe (in case that site disappears before we do…)
- 1 cup dried soybeans
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup cornmeal
- Chop the celery and onion.
- Place the soybean in a blender and pulse several times until they are pulverized to a powder. Add all other ingredients except the cornmeal.
- Blend until smooth.
- Place in a bowl and stir in cornmeal until completely mixed.
- Oil two cans (the size 14.5 ounces of tomatoes come in; normal can size). Put half of the mixture into each.
- Cover each can with foil and secure with a rubber band.
- Place the cans into a Dutch oven or large pot and fill with water so they are 1/3 of the way submerged.
- Bring the water to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer, steaming the SPAM for two hours (or longer). Remove cans from pot and allow to cool, then remove SPAM from cans. If you have an IQ as high as mine, it may take you only half an hour to realize that the easiest way to do this is to remove the bottom of the can and push the SPAM through.
- Behold your can-shaped, slightly frightening vegan SPAM.
Interesting side note: Koreans are the largest consumer of spam aside from the USA. But in Korea it’s a luxury. See here.
I just picture the scenes from Oktapbang Koyangi (옥탑방 고양이)