Spam musubi is a popular snack/food eaten in Hawaii that consists of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with dried seaweed. It’s relatively inexpensive and you can find most of the ingredients pretty easily; it’s literally three things.
For this version of spam musubi, it will be made in the shape of Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro, an animated children’s film about two girls who move into the country and have adventures with spirits they meet nearby. Totoro is a very iconic character in the anime industry and is the face of Studio Ghibli, a Japanese anime film company. The name Hayao Miyazaki should ring a bell since he co-founded the company.
Typically, the spam is flavored with a light teriyaki flavor and turns out there exists a flavor of Spam being sold that is teriyaki flavored already and has a picture of spam musubi on the can. I’ve had the chance to try it out and I can say that the taste was pretty overwhelming, so use the original spam when making spam musubi!
- 1 can of spam
- 4 cups of cooked sushi rice
- 1 sheet of seaweed
- white cheese
- Slice the spam into sheets and trim a one of the sides in a square shape so the Totoro spam has ears. Fry until crispy.
- Mix the furikake with your cooked rice.
- With your empty spam container, you will form the rice base of the musubi. Take a sheet of plastic wrap, place and shape it around the the inside of the container. Put rice in the container and shape it around the container. When the rice is compact, pull the plastic wrap up and you will have your block of rice.
- With your white cheese, cut out circles for the eyes and a rounded rectangle for the belly.
- With your sheet of seaweed, cut out smaller circles for the eyes, a small pill shape for the nose, and small triangles for the design of the belly.
- Top the rice with your spam and assemble the body of Totoro.