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SPAM® Restaurant Month Is Here, And We’ve Found The Wildest Dishes Across the Country

SPAM®️ is an incredibly versatile product. From musubi to pairing it with eggs and rice, there’s a whole lot that can be done with it.

For the entire month of August, several restaurants are stepping out of the box with the meat product to create some wild dishes. Foodbeast and SPAM®️ teamed up for this SPAM®️ Restaurant Month to showcase just how innovative you can get with this iconic brand.

Here’s a look at every single dining spot participating and the wizardry they’ve brought to the table.

SPAM®️ Mai Tai

Duck Inn, Chicago, IL

Photo courtesy of The Duck Inn

This takes bacon-infused liquors to the next level by substituting out the crispy strips of pork belly for SPAM®️. Two different types of rum get the flavor added in to make the Duck Inn’s special SPAM®️ Mai Tai.

Pineapple SPAM®️ Fried Rice

Fat Rice, Chicago, IL

Photo courtesy of Fat Rice

A James Beard-level take on SPAM®️, award-winning chef Abraham Conlon is refining a standard SPAM®️ fried rice with Kewpie mayo, nori, pineapple, and puffed rice. There’s a plethora of flavors and textures going on in this dish.

Musubi Tacos

PhoWheels, Washington, D.C.

Photo courtesy of Pho Wheels

These “tacos” forgo the traditional tortilla for a toasted Malaysian flatbread. Warm and crispy, it makes for a tasty base that keeps all of the taco’s ingredients together. Components on the inside include SPAM®️, Chinese sausage, rice, roasted nori, wasabi sesame seeds, Kewpie mayo, and a soy glaze.

The OG

Lei Musubi, Washington, D.C.

Photo courtesy of Lei Musubi

Onigiri meets musubi in this eye-catching take on the classic Japanese rice ball. The rice on the inside comes with sautéed country style kimchi, furikake, and green tea salted nori, and is sandwiched by two pieces of caramelized Hawaiian SPAM®️.

Hawaii Five O

HashTAG Restaurant, Denver, CO

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This HashTAG Restaurant special named after the iconic TV show is their take on a SPAM®️ omelet. In addition to the meat, the “Hawaii Five-O” is filled with Swiss cheese, kimchi, mushrooms, and scallions.

SPAM®️ And Crispy Rice Tots

Poke House, Denver, CO

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Denver’s Poke House actually has two items featured for SPAM®️ Restaurant month, one of which takes crispy pieces of the meat and serves it alongside tots made from RICE. It comes with skewers to stab a couple of pieces and make sure they get coated with all the condiments, like a runny egg, furikake, unagi sauce, and an avocado cilantro crema.

Flaming Hot Crispy Musubi

Poke House, Denver, CO

Photo courtesy of Poke House

Poke House’s second item is an “open-faced musubi” that fuses spicy cheese puffs into the mix. Crispy rice coated in the fiery chips acts as base to the SPAM®️, furikake, unagi sauce, avocado cilantro crema, and a runny quail egg.

SPAM®️ Kalua Burger

Epik Burger, Jacksonville, FL

Photo courtesy of Epik Burger

You’re gonna get double the meat on this monstrosity of a sandwich. Crispy SPAM®️ and a smoked pork burger serve as the protein, backed up by the flavors of pineapple relish, lettuce, tomato, onion, and mahalo sauce.

SPAM®️ Crusted Chipotle Mac N Cheese Balls

Belly Bombz, Artesia, CA

Photo courtesy of Belly Bombz

A heap of chipotle mac n cheese gets crusted in SPAM®️ and deep fried to a perfect golden brown. These balls of cheesy goodness are served alongside an oven dried tomato relish.

Pineapple Teriyaki SPAM®️ Slider

Phoking Awesome, Paramount, CA

A variety of unique flavors are paired with a more traditional combo of pineapple and teriyaki SPAM®️. This sandwich also comes with provolone, grilled jalapenos, a parmigiana basil aioli, and a fried egg.

The Spamlot

LONO Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Photo courtesy of LONO Hollywood

It sounds like the name of a Monty Python musical, but this hot dog’s moniker was actually inspired by The Sandlot. The “Spamlot” contains a sausage made from both SPAM®️ and shrimp, and is garnished with banana ketchup, sweet Maui onion kimchi relish, Kewpie, and nori.

SPAM®️ Sotarito

SotaRol, Minneapolis, MN

Photo courtesy of SotaRol

A “Sotarito” is Sotarol’s take on the sushi burrito, which takes a bunch of ingredients and wraps them in rice and soy paper. This version contains deep fried SPAM®️, purple cabbage, carrots, jalapeno, tempura flakes, and spicy mayo.

Filipino Grilled Cheese Burrito

Flip Sigi, New York, NY

Photo courtesy of Flip Sigi

A cheesy Filipino fusion flavor bomb, Flip Sigi pairs together SPAM®️ and longanisa sausage as the meats for their Grilled Cheese Burrito. Four cheeses, including mozz, Jack, cheddar, and queso, are melted inside with tomato, scallions, jalapenos, and cilantro.

SPAM®️ Scotch Egg

Char Sue, New York, NY

Photo courtesy of Char Sue

A twist on a British afternoon classic, this dish takes a soft-boiled egg, wraps it in ground SPAM®️, and deep-fries it to a perfect golden brown. The key is cooking the egg so that the yolk is still runny inside.

SPAM®️ & Egg Yakisoba

Ten Asian Bistro, Newport Beach, CA

Photo courtesy of Ten Asian Bistro

Ten Asian Bistro is elevating traditional yakisoba in a couple of ways. The ramen noodles, yakisoba sauce, Chinese broccoli, and green cabbage get stir-fried with crispy pieces of SPAM®️ and served with a duck fat fried egg for an extra layer of richness.

Loco-SPAM®️ Dumplings With Sprouted SPAM®️ Fried Rice

Mad Dumplings Truck, Irvine, CA

Photo courtesy of Mad Dumplings

You’re getting a 2-for-1 with Mad Dumpling’s special item, as they’re putting SPAM®️ both into the Loco Moco-inspired dumplings and the fried rice they’re served with. It’s all tied together with a spicy pineapple reduction.

Pineapple Teriyaki SPAM®️ Pizza

Jinny’s Pizzeria, Santa Ana, CA

Photo courtesy of Jinny’s Pizzeria

Pineapple-on-pizza naysayers, don’t hate on this pizza before you try it. The balance of crispy SPAM®️, cheese, jalapenos, red onion, and teriyaki glaze may convince you that the two can go together.

Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich

Meat Up BBQ, Placentia, CA

Photo courtesy of Meat Up BBQ

A creative twist on the standard meatball sub, this sandwich comes with meatballs made from smoked brisket and SPAM®️, mozzarella sticks, tomatoes marinated with cilantro, and a tomatillo marinara sauce.

Black Garlic SPAM®️ Jam Fries

Graze Handcrafted Burgers, Placentia, CA

Photo courtesy of Graze

Graze is a spot known for their black garlic fries already. They’re getting a level-up with a homemade SPAM®️ jam. Similar to a bacon jam, the meat is cooked with bacon, red wine, and honey to create a sweet, sticky, and savory sauce that coats the fries. Parmesan cheese garnishes the entire creation.

Al Pastor SPAM®️ Papas Fritas

Dos Chinos, Santa Ana & Irvine, CA

Photo courtesy of Dos Chinos

Dos Chinos is treating SPAM®️ like a traditional Mexican pork. They marinate it in Al Pastor sauce and grill it up before serving it on fries with onions, cilantro, sour cream, and pineapple.

Filipino SPAM®️ Sisig

Modern Filipino Kitchen by Aysee, Anaheim, CA

Sizzling pork sisig is one of the most mouthwatering Filipino dishes out there. MFK by Aysee’s version incorporates SPAM®️ and pork and sautés it with Thai chili, red onion, and lemon aioli. It’s topped with scallions, garlic frito, furikake, and a fresh cracked egg and served with a side of steamed rice.

SPAM®️ Croquette

Cubed Poke, Tustin, CA

Photo courtesy of Cubed Poke

Croquettes consist of mashed potato stuffed with different accoutrements, deep-fried, and served with a sauce. Cubed Poke’s version is all that, and the inside is stuffed with SPAM®️.

SPAM®️ Sushi

The Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach, CA

Photo courtesy of The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian’s SPAM®️ Sushi looks like a standard nigiri or musubi, but comes with a little surprise. That sauce on top is actually a balsamic reduction, which is exciting because the combination of soy sauce and balsamic is known to be fire.

SPAM®️ and Grits

Red Envelope, Santa Ana, CA

Photo courtesy of Red Envelope

A Southern twist on a classic Vietnamese fish sauce recipe, a bed of grits and salad greens sets the foundation for slices of caramelized SPAM®️.

El Spamale

Tamale Co., Orlando, FL

Photo courtesy of Tamale co.

These grilled SPAM®️-stuffed tamales are cooked in banana leaves and smothered in a house piloncillo glaze. They come with a signature pina pastor aioli cream and a tropical pico de gallo as a garnish.

Hawaiian Egg Sandwich

Artisan’s Table, Orlando, FL

Photo courtesy of Artisan’s Table

This is a “ham egg and cheese” with a whole lot more going on than just that. Fried SPAM®️ is served with perfectly cooked eggs, a hoisin mayo, and scallions, all inside of a sweet King’s Hawaiian roll.

Hormel SPAM®️ Cubano

Geordie’s At The Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, AZ

Photo courtesy of The Wrigley Mansion

This Cubano was created by the Wrigley Mansion team in honor of Geordie Hormel, who owned the Phoenix landmark prior to his passing. Geordie’s wife, Jamie, currently owns the mansion, and helped develop this sandwich. It’s based on a traditional Cubano, with housemade pulled pork, mustard, pickles, white cheddar cheese, and SPAM®️ in place of the regular ham. The sandwich is made using bollilo bread and served with a SPAM®️ tin of homemade potato chips.

Red Curry SPAM®️ Ahogada

Hot Joy, San Antonio, TX

Photo courtesy of Hot Joy

These are Thai red curry-inspired SPAM®️ buns, but served “ahogada” style, with the spicy sauce drowning the sandwiches to add even more flavor. The steamed buns are also made with Kewpie to add a little more richness to the dish.


Pokeatery, San Mateo, CA

Photo courtesy of Pokeatery

The name here is pretty self-explanatory, as this is a waffle made almost entirely out of SPAM®️. There’s also shredded potato, kimchi, and furikake inside, and it’s topped with green onions and a spicy mayo drizzle.

SPAM®️ Balls

San Diego Poke Company, San Diego, CA

Photo courtesy of San Diego Poke Company

Available as regular or hot, these croquette-like bites consist of ground SPAM®️ and potato rolled in garlic panko breadcrumbs and deep fried.

SPAM®️ Kimchi Fried Rice

Aria Korean Tapas, San Francisco, CA

Photo courtesy of Aria

This is actually a double-meat fried rice, as it comes with both crispy pieces of SPAM®️ and Aria’s signature Korean fried chicken. The rice is stir-fried in sesame oil and kimchi to give it its reddish hue, and a fried egg ties everything together with its smooth flavor.

SPAM®️ Yakimeshi Waffle Cone

Kagawa-ya Udon, San Francisco, CA

Photo courtesy of Kagawa-ya Udon

Yakimeshi is a Japanese fried rice, so this version of a SPAM®️ waffle incorporates both the meat and the traditional Japanese dish. The waffle cone is filled with chicken karaage, yuzu citrus slaw, shishito pepper crema, and nori.

$100 Gold SPAM®️ Musubi

808 Poke Shack, San Francisco, CA

Photo courtesy of 808 Poke

If you wanna feel a little bougie, head to 808 Poke Shack in San Francisco. They’ve wrapped a classic SPAM®️ musubi in edible gold leaf for an upscale twist.

Shrimp and Pineapple SPAM®️ Fried Rice

Dragon Gate, Oakland, CA

Photo courtesy of Dragon Gate

A simple but flavorful dish, shrimp, pineapple, and black pepper serve as the backdrop to SPAM®️ in this fried rice.

SPAM®️ Omelet

Dragon Gate, Oakland, CA

Photo courtesy of Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate is also serving up a SPAM®️ omelet with oyster, topped with a sweet miso sauce. It would go pretty well with the fried rice, I would imagine.

SPAM®️ ‘n’ Cheese Sandwich

Alamar Oakland, Oakland, CA

Photo courtesy of Alamar

Not a typical “sandwich” by any means, the bread here is actually tostones, or fried smashed plantains. They hold together a thick slice of fried SPAM®️ and queso frito, and are served with a zesty sofrito sauce.

Hurricane Fried SPAM®️ Musubi

Pa’ina Restaurant and Lounge, San Francisco, CA

Photo courtesy of Pa’ina

Pa’ina is adding a whole bunch of crunch to their SPAM®️ musubi. The inside also contains kimchi fried rice, teriyaki, nori, furikake, and uses a panko and tempura coating.


All of the above items will be available at their respective restaurants as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month. For a complete map that shows off all of the locations, plus more information, you can also take a look at the official SPAM®️ Restaurant Month website on Foodbeast.

Created in partnership with SPAM®️.

Cravings FOODBEAST Restaurants Video

Indulge In A Fried Rice Lover’s Dream At This New L.A. Eatery

Not many consider fried rice to be comfort food right off the bat, but when you’re ears deep in a hangover the night after five too many shots, the concept of warm, fluffy rice accompanied by the juicy and delectable companionship of shrimp, carnitas, gravy, and of course, the ever-crucial fried egg, reaches defcon levels of comforting.

So when you hear of a new spot in Los Angeles that serves a dizzying variety of fried rice iterations, the good idea of hitting it up becomes great after tasting their outstanding LA Fried Rice. Using inspiration from whatever goes into tacos and fried rice, owners of Hot Hot Food Coly Den Haan and Dean Harada, decided to create a standalone outpost for all things LA Fried Rice. What Hot Hot Food does best is focus on the uber craveable dish and churches it up with a variety of iterations that will have your fried rice-lovin’ heart skipping more beats than a lazy music producer.

And when I say variety, I do mean a veritable gamut of versions that come in the form of a Loco Moco, shrimp, carnitas, and even vegan friendly fare such as kale and wild mushrooms. But beyond their fried rice expertise lies a host of choice items that amp up the dining experience at Hot Hot Food. Think steamed bao pork buns, unique milkshakes, refreshing slushies, and even a solid dessert in the form of their Fluffernutter sandwich.

Yes, comfort in any form is a wonderful thing. But when that comfort focuses on your stomach, by way of the many versions of LA Fried Rice at Hot Hot Food, then get ready to treat yourself to epic levels of it.

Culture Video

This Chef Cooks The Tiniest Omelette Ever And It Looks Mouthwatering

Mad respect to the dude behind YouTube channel Miniature Space. The culinary giant creates tons of delicious-looking recipes that can all fit on the tip of your finger. Meanwhile, here we are struggling to avoid misspelled text messages with our chubby fingers.

In his latest recipe, the YouTuber creates Omurice, or omelette over rice. The iconic Japanese dish features seasoned chicken cooked with rice and ketchup. An omelette is made and carefully laid on top of the rice, covering it entirely.

Ketchup is then used to garnish the top of the rice.

Check out the peculiar video and see how this guy pulls off such a small-scale feat while still dropping our jaws from how appetizing the omelette looks.

Wonder how many attempts his recipes take? We have to imagine an ill-timed sneeze can destroy a shot.

Deals Hit-Or-Miss Restaurants

How To Turn Your Father Into A Hibachi Chef For Father’s Day

Getting dad a gift for Father’s day is always a struggle. There’s only so many years in a row you can get the poor guy a pair of new socks, which he somehow always needs. Benihana, the hibachi restaurant company, is offering a pretty amazing deal to anyone who wants to change things up for good ol’ dad.

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 12.30.18 PMFor just $200, you can get a Be The Chef package for your father this Father’s Day. The package includes dinner for three plus the guest chef, which is presumably your father or father-figure, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. This fun lesson in cooking can be enjoyed by anyone with a passion for teppanyaki.

The main feature of this package is the one-on-one lessons with a trained Benihana teppanyaki chef. The lucky guest chef will be able to learn how to make Benihana’s famed fried rice on top of a collection of the neatest tricks the teppanyaki chefs know.

On top of the lessons, the guest chef will also receive a Benihana apron, a Benihana chef’s hat, an Honorary Teppanyaki Chef certificate and a commemorative photo. Furthermore, any purchase of $50 or more from now until June 19th will reward you with a $10 gift card.

If you’re planning on getting the Be The Chef package for a loved one, I’d suggest killing two birds with one stone buy purchasing four $50 gift cards, then using that $200 to get the package. In exchange, you should get $40 to Benihana!

Not a bad deal, eh?


Gratuitous Food Porn: Thai Food Edition


This fall, cozy up with a different kind of spice. Simultaneously prismatic and comforting, Thai is one Asian cuisine which, despite its ubiquity, hasn’t gone completely the way of Panda Express. Which is amazing. Best served family-style, these eats are meant to be enjoyed either in a dimly lit, family-owned restaurant, or made in your own kitchen. From the sore throat-healing sour soup tom yum to the wildly under-appreciated pad thai alternative, pad see ew, it’s time you rested your eyes on some of the world’s prettiest and most nuanced dishes. We bet you’ll soon feel all warm and fuzzy.


Thai Beef Salad


Recipe: Strands of My Life


Pad Thai Soup


Recipe: Domestic Fits


Chicken Pad Thai


Recipe: Jo Cooks


Thai Shrimp Rolls


Recipe: Fine Dining Lovers


Cashew Chicken with Thai Chili Plum Sauce


Recipe: Chow Divine


Thai Red Prawn Curry


Recipe: Strands of My Life


Thai Red Curry Mussels


Recipe: Kitchn


Thai Green Curry with Sugar Snaps, Asparagus & Broccolini


Recipe: Fuss Free Cooking


Thai Red Curry with Vegetables and Coconut Milk


Recipe: Spicie Foodie


Thai Coconut Beef in Crispy Wonton Cups


Recipe: The Endless Meal


Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup


Recipe: Foxes Love Lemons


Grilled Prawns with Kaffir Lime Dressing


Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai


Tom Yum Goong


Recipe: Beyond Kimchee


Pork-Stuffed Squash Blossoms


Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai


Thai Style Duck and Green Papaya Salad


Recipe: Cherry on My Sundae


Beef Curry with Pumpkin


Recipe: Rasamalaysia


Thai Green Curry and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl


Recipe: A House in the Hills


Sweet and Sour Sticky Thai Boneless Oven-Baked Chicken Wings


Recipe: Half Baked Harvest


Thai Shrimp and Pineapple Curry


Recipe: Rasamalaysia


Larb Gai Thai Chicken Salad


Recipe: Yum Sugar


Shrimp Larb


Recipe: Oui Chef Network


Tom Kha Gai


Recipe: Pinch & Swirl


Thai Tea Arnold Palmer

Recipe: Foodbeast


Lamb Massaman Curry


Recipe: Sugaretal


Thai Crab Fried Rice


Recipe: All Things Nice


Thai Creamy Chicken Soup


Recipe: Smoky Wok


Tom Yum Gai


Recipe: Closet Cooking


Tom Yum Goong


Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai


Pad See Ew


Recipe: Dorsey Kitchen


Mango Sticky Rice Parfaits


Recipe: Bittersweet Blog


H/T Tasteologie, Tastespotting


P.F. Chang’s Fall Seasonal Menu Includes Crispy Korean Chicken Wings and Citrus Mustard Prawns [Gallery]


Earlier this month, P.F. Chang’s unveiled its latest seasonal menu for the fall season and boarded the popular Korean-fried-chicken train with its Crispy Korean Lollipop Chicken Wings (pictured above) and also included the pho-inspired Vietnamese Noodles with Steak & Shrimp (pictured immediately below). The additional nine menu items of various starter/entree/dessert/cocktail assortment include the Shanghai Waldorf Salad, Miso Chicken, Citrus Mustard Prawns, Harvest Vegetable Quinoa, Pumpkin Wontons, Caramel Apple Wontons, Apple Cinnamon Martini, Ginger Jalapeño Mule,  and the Rum Chata. 

Check out the photos below for full menu item descriptions. Photo credit to FOODBEAST’s Peter Pham.



Vietnamese Noodles With Steak & Shrimp: Rice Noodles with hoisin, Sriracha, cinnamon, coriander, marinated shrimp, flank steak, Chinese broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro.



Crispy Korean Chicken Wings: Lollipop Style Wings with sweet and spicy red chili sauce, scallions and sesame seeds.



Shanghai Waldorf Salad: Kale, endive, radicchio, crisp apples, grapes, celery, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts, miso-lime vinaigrette.



Harvest Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice”: Red quinoa, spiced butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, corn, snap peas, carrots, zucchini, and green apples — all topped with a sunny-side up egg. Can be prepared gluten-free.



Citrus Mustard Prawns: Citrus Mustard Sauced Prawns, baby carrots, black beans, ginger, Fresno peppers, zucchini and cilantro.



Miso Chicken: Sliced Chicken Breast with miso-tamarind sauce, baby carrots, mushrooms, bok choy, candied walnuts, corn and cilantro.




Pumpkin and Caramel Apple Wontons




Ginger Jalapeño Mule:  Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, Fresh Ginger, Lime Juice, Basil Leaves.



Rum Chata: Cream Liqueur, Ice Sphere, Cinnamon Stick, Star Anise, Orange Peel



Apple Cinnamon Martini: Absolut Orient Apple Vodka, Tuaca Liqueur, Apple Juice. Lemon Juice, Cinnamon.


Fast Food

Panda Express Allows Fans to Choose Between Fried or Brown Rice, Except Not Really Because Both Will Remain On Menu Regardless


(Update: 7-12-13 — A Panda Express representative reached out and informed us that only the steamed brown and steamed white rice will continue to be offered as menu options, while the fried brown and fried white will remain subject to vote until the campaign ends in August)

Eating at Panda Express is a struggle. On the one hand, there’s those handy 400-calorie-and-under labels guiding your eyes to the healthier “Beef and Broccoli” and “Tofu Eggplant” options. On the other hand, Orange Chicken. So it’s no surprise that when the popular mall food court chain swapped out its classic fried white recipe with a negligibly healthier fried brown rice one, more than a few folks raised their Styrofoam take-out boxes in outrage. Now, Panda is leaving the final decision up to us. Sort of.

According to Brand Eating, starting this week until August 31, Panda Express will be running a campaign asking guests to vote for their favorite rice, either the Classic White Fried or the new Brown Fried. Every purchase for either variety will count as a vote toward it, and the winner will be allowed to stay on the menu in September. The loser will be relegated to that dark corner of the Panda Express “secret menu” Purgatory – which is to say you can still order it, it just won’t get its own nifty name tag.

The illusion of choice – consumerism at its finest, folks.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating


A Dirty Love Letter to Dirty Chinese Food


Dear Dirty Chinese Food,


I want you. There, I said it. I want you so bad it hurts.

I thought I was done. Done with this. Done with you.