Recipes: Spam considered staple in Guam kitchens

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 12:01 AM


Lindsay Nagengast, my daughter, lives in Barrigada, Guam, with her husband and 9-month-old daughter. When asked, “What is the No. 1 island specialty?” her answer is Spam! Spam is a staple in Guam. Spam is even offered in every Wendy’s and Taco Bell on the island. Many islanders have taken Spam to the kitchen. Growing accustomed to many different cultural foods, Lindsay is particularly fond of two recipes: Spam Kelaguin and Spam Fried Rice.

Spam Fried Rice

2 large eggs (scrambled and seasoned with salt and pepper)

Oil

3 slices bacon (sliced thin)

4 slices Spam (diced)

2 onions chopped

3 sprigs green onions (chopped)

3 cups rice (cooked, seasoned with soy sauce salt and pepper)

1 cup peas (frozen)

Add soy sauce

Heat non-stick wok over medium-high heat, add a little oil and cook the eggs to medium soft, then put them back in the bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste. In the same wok, brown the bacon, drain, add a little oil, add Spam and cook for 2 minutes. Add onion and cook until soft. Add green onion and stir into mix. Add the seasoned rice and toss to mix. Add peas and eggs and toss to mix. Cook for another minute or two to heat peas and finish cooking until heated through. Serve hot with soy sauce. Makes 4-6 servings

Spam Kelaguin

1 can Spam, cut into strips

4-6 stalks green onion, thinly sliced

1 cup freshly grated coconut

Lemon juice to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Lightly pan fry the spam 1-2 minutes then place in a bowl. Add green onion, coconut, lemon juice, salt, pepper. Mix, taste, and adjust seasoning and lemon juice to taste. Serve with hot steamed white rice.