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Introducing MUSUBI MADNESS: A Pop Up Serving SPAM® Classic Corn Dogs, SPAM® Soft Serve, and Customizable SPAM® Musubi

 Created in partnership with SPAM® 

 

The world as we know it would not be the same without the SPAM® brand. The delicious and affordable product  has been beloved worldwide since providing aid to U.S. and allied troops during WWII. To this day, the SPAM® brand is deeply ingrained in  cultures near and far including Hawaii, Japan and Korea. You could write a book on the iconic brand. In fact, people have. Famed for its ability to be incorporated into any dish, SPAM® products are kitchen staples. To celebrate this great-tasting, meal-time favorite, Musubi Madness, a pop-up restaurant serving all kinds of wildly tasty SPAM®-based dishes, will be up and running at LONO Hollywood in Los Angeles the first three Saturdays of September.

The pop-up will feature a Build-Your-Own-SPAM® Musubi Bar with more than  20 delicious ingredients from around the world to choose from. Once you’ve selected your ingredients, an expert chef will hand-make the musubi right in front of you. Maybe an American Burger SPAM® Musubi with American cheese, onions, lettuce, and thousand island sounds good. How about a Vietnamese-inspired musubi with daikon, carrots, and vermicelli noodles? The possibilities are endless.

The additional options on-hand at the pop-up, while not as customizable as the musubi, are equally delicious. The SPAM® Classic and Shrimp Hot Dogs are dipped in a nori batter and fried until they resemble the fair treats that we all know and love. SPAM® soft serve sundaes, topped with teriyaki caramel, furikake is a must-try for all. This is sweet and savory at its craziest. 

At this point, you’re probably wondering how you’re supposed to eat all this deliciousness with no beverage to wash it down. We got you covered. Musubi Madness will be serving tropical-themed drinks. And, yes, they’re served in the iconic little blue cans.

If you want to get in on one of these Saturday SPAM® Musubi pop-ups, make sure you RSVP at foodbeast.com/spam.

 

 Created in partnership with SPAM® 
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A SPAM Black Market Has Recently Developed In Hawaii, Here’s Why

SPAM, the iconic processed meat product that Americans either love or hate, can be utilized in many different ways. You can turn it into delicious SPAM musubi, incorporate it into tater tots, or even turn it into tasty SPAM fries. In Hawaii, where SPAM consumption is unparalleled, recent developments in the state have led to the creation of a SPAM black market.

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The Washington Post reports multiple instances where folks across the archipelago team up to conduct “organized retail crime,” aka SPAM heists. Cases of the mystery meat get carted out of the stores in burglaries that have led several retailers to electronically lock up their SPAM supply like it was jewelry.

Tina Yamaki, president of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii, told the Post that the thefts are not because people are hungry and desperate to get SPAM for sustenance. Instead, she feels that a black market has developed for the product where people can use it as currency. While SPAM in stores goes for roughly $2.50 a can in Hawaii, SPAM thieves can sell it for less, turn a quick profit on their stolen goods, and use it for other means. Yamaki describes it as an asset to “drug addicts in need of quick cash.”

“We hear a lot of rumors where it’s going,” Yamaki told the Post. “We’ve heard they work through middlemen. We’ve heard that they’re selling it from the back of their cars. We’ve heard all kinds of rumors. Whether they’re true or not, I’m not sure.”

Despite SPAM being ubiquitous and coveted across Hawaii for a long time, though, the heists have only recently started occurring. Yamaki attributes that to a new state law that raised minimum value of a felony theft. While burglaries of goods totaling $300 or more was the limit in the past, that number was raised last year to $750, meaning that folks could make off with about 300 cans of SPAM before hitting that mark and catching a felony.

For now, lock and key seem to be the best way to deter these thefts. But it also seems like until something changes, the SPAM black market is going to hurt retailers on the island trying to protect and fairly sell their processed meat.

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Burger Monster’s Godzilla Burger Is A Gigantic Meaty Monstrosity

If you’ve grabbed your ticket to FOODBEAST’s upcoming meat festival, MEAT STREET Presented By the Makers of SPAM Brand at Main Place Mall, then you’ll have a chance to visit Godzilla up close and personal.  Just when you thought all burgers were safe, Burger Monster had to unleash this sleeping giant.

The Godzilla Burger is Burger Monster’s new Korean Barbecue Burger and it’s ready to destroy anything in its path at MEAT STREET April 22. Loaded with Sriracha barbecue sauce — the Godzilla Burger will make you breathe FIRE! The Godzilla Burger is made with Sriracha braised pulled pork, Burger Monster’s signature bacon jam, Korean barbecue marinated spam, Colby Jack cheese, cabbage slaw, marinated cucumbers, and a Sriracha-lime sauce.

You can run, but you can’t hide from this monster. So, do yourself a favor and RUN to the nearest computer, head to www.eatmeatstreet.com and grab yourself a MarketPlace ticket and see if you can’t take down your own personal Godzilla April 22.

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MEAT STREET: Running List Of Every Ridiculous Item At Foodbeast’s Meat Festival

FOODBEAST has expanded its portfolio of food festivals with the addition of its first ever meat festival, MEAT STREET Presented By The Makers Of SPAM at Main Place Mall. The hooplah kicks off April 22, and there’s an amazing line up of unforgettable MEAT STREET exclusive dishes that will be available.

Featuring two food sections, a buy-as-you-go Marketplace section, where you can pace yourself through a wide variety of meaty goodies, or you can go all-in with an all-you-can-consume VIP section offering unlimited FOOD & BEER. There’s going to be dozens of vendors offering never before seen items, so get your appetites ready.

Here’s what you can expect to see at MEAT STREET April 22. Get your tickets here!

V.I.P: ALL-YOU-CAN-CONSUME

Doner G Turkish & Mediterranean Grill — Doner Saltado w/ special aji sauce 

Get your forks ready for Doner Saltado fries with special aji sauce topped with a fried egg!

Bruxie Gourmet Waffles Sandwiches — Angry Mac N’ Cheese

Bruxie’s Angry Mac N Cheese is a three cheese blend of parmesan, cheddar, and Bruxie cheese sauce, with a giant, golden brown, spicy fried chicken drumstick marinated in Spicy Bruxie Sauce plunged right into the center. It’s then drizzled with buffalo sauce and topped off with chunks of smokey applewood bacon. If you love spicy and savory, be sure to get in line for this MEAT STREET exclusive.

Norigami Pork — Pork Crusted Pizza

Norigami’s Pork Crusted Pizza is a thick cut slice of pork, rolled in panko and deep fried until golden brown. Some Sriracha Barbecue sauce is added for a super-spicy kick. Finally, this pork crusted pizza is topped with shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped red and green onions, and, of course, BACON!

Halal Guys — Classic beef and chicken halal

Halal Guys will be serving up traditional Halal Guys beef and chicken halal on a giant 52-inch platter!

Pinche’s Tacos — La Bestita

A bed of crispy seasoned fries, layered with carne asada and al pastor, with pinto beans, Queso Fresco, onions and cilantro. Covered with Tomatillo Salsa, sour cream and guacamole

Mess Hall Canteen — SPAM Bomb

Brace yourselves, Mess Hall Canteen is about to set off the SPAM BOMB: a crispy, and cheesy take on Spam musubi. Imagine melty mozzarella and pepper jack cheese, with sliced HICKORY SMOKE SPAM wrapped in a tempura battered nori, and deep fried until golden brown.

Slater’s 50/50 x @The Vulgar Chef

@TheVulgarChef and Slater’s 50/50 Burgers are teaming up to create The TOTCHO Burger exclusively for MEAT STREET. This carne asada burger is ready to wreck ALL appetites at MEAT STREET.

Ninjas With Appetite — SPAM Fries

It’s a new take on Spam Katsu. These “SPAM fries” are thick-cut pieces of Spam, battered and deep-fried in panko flakes, then topped with a healthy heap of teriyaki aioli drizzle. This is what it would look like if your beloved chicken katsu were replaced by Spam.

The Milky Way —  Ice Cream Taco with a Bacon Shell

This colorful and crunchy treat is a handmade waffle shell made with bacon inside. Layered with vanilla maple ice cream, topped with chocolate sauce, bacon bits, then Covered in Fruity Pebbles Cereal. Save room for these bad boys. 

Marketplace: Buy-As-You-Go

Burger Monster — The Godzilla Burger

Get Ready for The Godzilla Burger, an all-angus beef patty DRENCHED in gojuchang BBQ sauce, with a slice of fried Korean BBQ marinated SPAM added for good measure. Topped with marinated cucumbers, and pepper jack cheese and Burger Monster’s Bacon Jam. 

Dos Chinos — Calamari Carne Asada Fries

The calamari is beer-battered and fried to a golden brown before being topped with cheese, avocado crema, Angus carne asada, and a Southeast Asian salsa that brings some fresh flair to the affair. Together, it creates a version of Carne Asada fries that is totally suited for Meat Street.

 

Hobo Co. Pizza — Shawarma Pizza

Hobo Co.’s pizza is an exotic mashup of shawarma and pizza. It’s got some righteous pizza dough coated in both tomato and tahini sauce, shawarma beef, and fresh mozzarella cheese. After being baked to a golden brown, the Shawarma pizza gets topped with fresh chopped parsley and pickled turnips, giving you a mix of rich, beefy, cheesy, and pickled flavors for a well-balanced pizza.

Mad Dumplings — SPAM Scallion Pancake

The sandwich gets its name from the eight slices of pan-fried Spam that get loaded into it and the GIANT handmade scallion pancake that serves as the base. It’s also drizzled with an aioli sauce and topped with a kaleidoscopic assortment of veggies: pickled radishes, carrots, red cabbage, and a healthy amount of cilantro, give you a symphony of flavors that can only be had at Meat Street.

Mess Hall Canteen — Giant Beef Shank

To create this two-fisted bovine bonanza, Mess Hall sous vide the shank for 18 hours, battered it, deep-fried it, and drowned this hefty masterpiece in barbecue sauce and a scintillating drizzle of chipotle sauce.

Hobo Co. Pizza — SPAM Musubi Calzone

Using white rice, fried Spam pieces, nori, pineapple, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Sriracha drizzle, this bad boy will either make you feel like you’re grubbing in Hawaii for one bite, then Italy for the next bite.

Meat Up BBQ — Texas Chop Sandwich

Meat Up is upping the ante in their sandwich by cramming brisket PLUS three more meats into their version: crispy pieces of bacon, smoked beef bratwurst sausages, and shreds of juicy pulled pork.

The Viking Truck — 3 Headed Devil Dog

The Three-Headed devil dog is The Viking Truck’s spin on a classic corn dog.  It’s made with Chicken apple, bratwurst and polish sausage. Stuffed with cheese and bacon bits and dipped in Lingonberry sauce. DAMN! 

So, if you don’t want that day after MEAT STREET FOMO, be sure to grab your tickets!

This list will be updated as we hear about more vendors and dishes leading up the event.

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Savory Spam Fries Are The Most Ingenious Bites At MEAT STREET

The guys who brought you the Teriyaki Cheesesteak Burrito are at it again, this time changing the way we eat Spam.

Ninjas With Appetite in Santa Ana, California just cooked up some Spam Fries for Foodbeast’s upcoming festival, Meat Street Presented by the Makers of SPAM Brand at MainPlace Mall.

The fries are thick-cut pieces of Spam, battered and deep-fried in panko flakes, then topped with a healthy heap of teriyaki aoli drizzle. This is what it would look like if your beloved chicken katsu were replaced by Spam — so Spam Katsu, if you will.

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These bad boys cannot be found on their menu, unfortunately, but they will be one of the exclusive items found in Meat Steet’s VIP section this Saturday, April 22, in Santa Ana, California.

For more information, visit eatmeatstreet.com, and grab some tickets to try all the exclusive dishes you can handle.