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FAPFAP – Korean Spam

September 20, 2013

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What’s this?! A…a Korea related video? No way!

Yes way! We filmed this video right before we went to Singapore. And we just got back in Thursday morning. Then we spent Thursday catching up on sleep (really, we can’t sleep on airplanes at all). So it’s up on Friday afternoon now instead. We’ll get back to our regular schedules one of these days. Probably after our European Tour. For sure after then!

Anyhow, can I just say how much we missed Korea? Don’t get us wrong: Australia and Singapore are lovely, lovely countries that we could easily see ourselves living in with no qualms, but Korea feels like home to us. Making videos feels like home to us. When we’re not making videos we’re confused and disoriented. We can usually tell what day of the week it is according to our video schedule. Ha! But we’re happy to be here again, even if it’s just for little over a week.

Alright, SPAM TIME! Yes, yes, I know that people don’t sit down and eat Spam with a fork and knife. Spam is an ingredient in foods, rather than the entirety of the meal itself, just like how bologna isn’t eaten on its own. Although…Martina used to microwave a single slice of bologna in the microwave to make it into a bowl shape when she was little. And by little I mean in University. Judging you Martina.

Anyhoo, in Korea you’ll find Spam in a few foods like 부대찌개 aka Army Stew aka Budae Jiggae, or sprinkled in Ham Cheese Soondooboo we get at our favourite Soondooboo Shop which we did a FAPFAP at. You’ll also find it battered and fried alone in plate of 모듬전 aka Modeum Jeon aka Assorted Fried Savoury foods or sliced thinly and put on a skewer with other battered and fried vegetables. For a quick lunch box meal aka 도시락 aka doshirak, rice, kimchi, a fried egg, some salted seaweed, and a slice of Spam is very common. Just shake it all up and eat it mixed up! In all of those instances, the Spam is totally delicious.

However, I should probably mention that it probably isn’t Spam they are using at most restarurants. As we mentioned in the video, Spam is considered an expensive choice where lunch meats are concerned, and there are many various Korean brands that compete with Spam, so you may not be eating actually Spam – the brand – meat. Spam is so popular that it actually outranks Coca-Cola. Can you believe it? AAAAND, something we just learned is that only Korean manufactured Spam is made with higher quality ingredients than other Spam made in the rest of the world. That’s right. If you are a Spam lover, time to come to Korea and get yourself a Spam tote bag filled with the Moët & Chandon of Spam. LIVING THE LIIIFEEEEEEE! You should go back and read that sentence with the voice of Kayne West during his JYJ “AYY GURRRRL” promotions. We ate like, 4 cans of Spam! SON, WE BE BALLIN!

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  1. I live in the U.S., Kansas to be exact. I also come from a Hispanic household and we eat Spam! We cook the spam and have it in our sandwiches. We add it to our eggs or in the middle of our omelet with bell pepper, onions, and tomatoes. I’ve even made pasta with spam. I think cooking the spam is the way to go. Eating cold out of the can is gross! We usually get Spam Lite because it has less calories, fat, and sodium. The spam website has a ton of recipes.

    Also the Food network has a show with people competing to have the best food truck and their next ingredient which they have to use in everything is Spam! I heard Spam is really popular in Hawaii too! :)

    3 years ago
    • I married into a Hispanic family and it gets used a lot here as well. In almost exactly the same ways you described. :) I have never seen any of the flavors here besides original though. It would be interesting to try some of the flavors mentioned here, just for a bit of variety.

      3 years ago
      • I’ve only ever had the original and the less sodium ones. Though I have seen bacon and black pepper where I live but not garlic. There’s even jalapeño and cheese flavors! I looked it up lol :)

        3 years ago
  2. Well I’m in the minority lol…I live in America, and I don’t know anyone who likes Spam….but I like it!!!!!!!!! xD I eat it with rice…

    3 years ago
  3. I love SPAM …. but high sodium level TAT
    No one will eat SPAM in raw (?!). i love it fried, in pasta, in fried rice, in soup, in instant noodle
    There is a hot n spicy SPAM which is my favorite n i love to put that in tomato based pasta!

    3 years ago
  4. SPAM is Zombie Apocalypse food. You can eat it or launch it at a zombie’s head to knock it clean off.

    3 years ago
  5. I wish we had the same variety of Spam flavors around here because I’d love to try the bacon Spam fried up as part of a BLT.

    3 years ago
  6. i’ve always wondered about Spam and Korea!!! i had no idea what Spam even was, and when i saw it i was kinda shocked, cos i’ve never seen tinned meat before…..and it didn’t look so great….and to then find out it was seen as an expensive gift…
    anyway it’s good to know Koreans don’t actually eat it straight out of the can!!

    this was hilarious to watch!! especially when Soozee was serving!!

    3 years ago
  7. i’m sorry martina, did you just say rasclaat onion? LOL

    3 years ago
  8. lol Martina you havent spent much time with your Newfoundland realatives have you?? Ask them what “Newfie Steak” is and the answer should be bologna. I dont know many people who eat spam here and most people proably think of it as the poor mans lunch meat. To me it almost sounds like spam is treated in Korea how we treat bologna in NL. Bologna sandwiches (fried amd unfried), bologna as a side to Kraft Dinner, bologna with eggs or as part of a big breakfast if you go to a restaurant with ham, bacon eggs and hasbrowns, my dads favorite but one I can’t stand is fried bologna gravy with hash (which is the left over veggies from jiggs dinner fried up the next day and mashed togeather). I know lots of people who eat bologna by itself, raw. But thats Newfoundland for ya, we’s got to be different ><

    3 years ago
  9. I didn’t realise spam was so big in Korea ._.

    But now that I think of it, it did make an appearance in Epik High’s Don’t Hate Me MV, although the label was changed slightly. If it appears in an MV, it must be popular right? :p

    3 years ago
  10. I applaud SooZee’s outstanding judgy French waiter! My cousin and I always get the judgy waiter at the craft beer restaurants. They describe a beer as having hints of pumpkin and béchamel, while it fermented in a panko crusted barrel immersed in a tank of fairy dust. I just ask for a beer that tastes like Amstel Light..or maybe Rolling Rock. *Cue judgement eyes*

    ***Wait a second, did you guys say you were American because you were being judged by the waiter? HEY!

    3 years ago
  11. soo zee does not have her chuseok holiday? not good, EYK, not good. LOL

    3 years ago
  12. i paused the video, went back to that spot and watch it again like 3 times before continuing the rest of the video LOL

    3 years ago
    • yes, I did that too. for both the Onion SPAM and the Bacon SPAM. I was crying by the end of the video XD

      3 years ago
  13. I LOVE Spam! My Mom used to serve it when I was a kid. Sliced and fried. These days I use the turkey kind and it tastes the same as the regular one. I do have to rinse off the jelly goo first before I slice it, because that’s just gross. I eat it with some kind of potato and mixed vegetables – SO delicious. Oh, and they do actually make a reduced sodium one. I’ve seen the bacon one, but wasn’t sure what that’d be like. I might give it a whirl. The Korean dishes you describe sound amazing, and I totally want a Spam gift basket! And speaking of dishes, I do believe those were some of the IKEA plates I sent in my fan mail package. Glad they’re useful! :)

    3 years ago
  14. I didn’t like Spam at all until I visited Korea: Ham (Spam…) and Cheese Soondubu Jiggae was AMAZING!

    3 years ago
  15. I have never had spam without pan frying it. Usually we pan fry it so that it is slightly crispy on the fan fried sides.

    I have also tried to grill spam but it ends up being extremely dry but extremely crispy.

    Also in Hong Kong i have been to restaurants that serve pan fried spam with a fried egg and placed in an instant noodle.

    3 years ago
  16. we have something similar to Spam in Hong Kong as well…. They might taste better if you cut them up into slices or dice them into cubes and stir fry them crispy first.

    3 years ago
  17. I’m not saying I eat spam… *cough cough* But if I did, I would cook it!!! (and eat it with rice and eggs)

    3 years ago
  18. Exactly, I would never eat it straight out of a can. It should be fried first. The idea of eating it like that makes my stomach hurt.

    3 years ago
  19. I’m pretty sure all the Hawaii nasties are like spazzing. I eat a lot of spam, I had for breakfast with hotcakes. Hell there’s a spam fest here. Go to a local super market, there can be a wall of different kinds of spam. And it’s not that surprising, Hawaiian food is very salty. Why? Salt was the only spice Hawaiians had. And we were stuck with military cheap ass food during wwii and we love unhealthy shit. Of course people have said spam in ramen, spam and eggs, fried rice, musubi, and other things. So yeah, go spam!

    My mom actually can’t stand spam because her sister always made it, I think I remember her saying that they once ate it with cabbage. And I’ve had knock off spam, I HATED IT. Seriously it was disgusting, real spam is the only spam for me.

    I was gonna ask if the animals ate any of the spam, but I feel they’re too sophisticated for it aka Spudgy would probably snub you for trying to give him spam.

    3 years ago
  20. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that likes some Spam once in a while! I came by it honestly due to I’m from Minnesota where Hormel is based. lol

    3 years ago
  21. Oh man, those close up shots. I can almost smell the spam. And by that I mean: AARRRGGGHHHH Get it away from me!

    3 years ago
  22. I can honestly say I have never tried spam before. And I have no future plans of ever trying it if I can avoid it.

    3 years ago
  23. In Israel SPAM is the ultimate military food. we call it Luf http://f.nanafiles.co.il/upload/Xternal/IsraBlog/91/79/05/57991/misc/11894850.jpg

    3 years ago
  24. No sexy food porn shots, just no!!!!! >_< (You should have "un-sexy food porn shots", with raindrops and miserable music :P )

    3 years ago
    • Agreed. It was just so, so wrong. From now on, whenever I hear the food porn music, I’ll think of that soft focus glistening spam shot and cringe.

      3 years ago
  25. For a cheap fast meal, I thinly slice it and pan fry and eat with rice. Sometimes I use it as the meat part of fried rice.

    3 years ago
  26. I want you to know that the dancing chuseok video was the moment I knew I’d be a lifelong fan. You guys are weird.

    ‘whatever shakes your boat’ Sometimes, I forget that you guys were English teachers.

    3 years ago
  27. The BBC correspondent in Seoul actually did a recent story on the phenomenon which traces it back to the aftermath of the Korean War when food was scarce:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24140705

    3 years ago
  28. Thee most sexiest food porn yet ;D AYYY GURL! CAN I BUY U A DRANK?! I GOTS ME SOME LUXURIOUS SPAM HERE!

    3 years ago
  29. Oh nonono! No self-respecting Spam lover eats it straight out of the can – pan frying spam is the way to go. Slice thinly, fry, then slap the spam, rice and toasted seaweed together = Spam Musubi!

    I’m actually jealous that Korea gets all the fun flavors, it’s pretty hard to get the special flavors in North America unless in Hawaii or Austin, Minnesota the home of Spam.

    3 years ago
    • yeah Mashi Momo, you tell em!! i love my spam musubis! fry that spam with shoyu sugar or put some furikake in the musubi!!!!

      3 years ago
      • I grew up eating spam with rice and eggs and just like Korea, it is pretty expensive and we normally get it from family from the US. When I moved to North America, I was actually shocked, SHOCKED that people loathed spam. Then I found out they were doing it wrong all along so I aim to educate. Spam IS derrrishus when done right!

        But would have to agree with S&M about luncheon meats (aka not Spam) – hated it then and the meat (?) definitely looks a lot more questionable.

        3 years ago
    • My husband and Father in law love spam we get ours at Costco which i believe also has Bacon or you can get it into an asian store.

      3 years ago
    • i love my spam in hot soups and instant noodles XD

      3 years ago
  30. I always thought it was “whatever rocks your boat” =/

    FRIED RICE!!! You mash the luncheon meat with a fork (or your fingers, whichever *insert verb* your boat) and then you fry it together with some minced garlic, onion and some chopped up spring onions, a splash of soy sauce and NOM AWAY

    3 years ago
  31. I cannot stop laughing everytime Soozee “unpackages” the SPAM. She does it so…so…deliciously ahahahahah NOT.
    omg, the best one was the first. the sound of the meaty thingy SLAPPING the plate ahaha…..
    I don’t ever want to try eating that °_°

    3 years ago
  32. I’ve never had spam before…. looks, kinda gross.

    3 years ago
  33. btw if u guise don’t like it just fried, you can cook it teriyaki style! 1 tblsp sugar (or more if you prefer more sweet taste) and 2-3 tblsp of soysauce. Mix it, pour it in the pan, fry it with spam, and voila~ you have teriyaki spam!

    3 years ago
  34. Don’t you guys to cook the spam before eating it from the can???

    3 years ago
  35. I’m in university and as a student living on my own 8 months of the year, I eat spam with some of my meals as a replacement for ham. (Ham is expensive, plus I’m not a fan)
    My friends don’t like spam as it’s not meat, its mystery meat, it comes from a can etc. They often wonder why I eat the stuff
    However, I’ve grown to appreciate spam and be grateful for Spam.
    One reason is that my parents grew up with not much money and spam was there as a cheap alternative to ham sandwiches. It was part of survival.
    Second, Spam is expensive in Korea. I know that.
    Thrid, Fake spam is funky tasting. It tastes a lot different. There are some Hong Kong style cafes that on the menu have “Luncheon meat.” It’s really fake spam.

    Yes spam is I don’t know meat, but it’s something you can appreciate when you’re broke, or eating korean jjigaes and ramyeon. Also great with macaroni soup, scrambled eggs, etc.

    Also, Simon and Martina, did you know that there is actually a Spam festival?? I’m not trolling. It’s in the states and they have booths and spam cooking contests. What kind of dish can you use Spam with?

    3 years ago
  36. SPAM reminds me of dog food. Maybe dog food is better than that?
    Anyways: ew.

    3 years ago
  37. I live in Korea and I’ve seen spam in many different dishes. I’ve seen fried rice with spam, tteokbokki with spam, scrambled eggs with spam (my personal favorite), and spam and cheese sandwiches. Crazy, right?

    3 years ago
    • Spam and cheese? Really? Do you eat it raw or do you fry it first? A lot of comments we’re reading are that we should have fried it first.

      3 years ago
      • I fry it first. Raw spam is kind of…ew. I make spam and cheese sandwiches like how most people make grilled cheese sandwiches, but I can only eat the low sodium spam. The SALT…SO. MUCH. SALT. D:

        3 years ago
      • You can eat it raw, but most fry it, some boil it too…

        3 years ago
  38. lol why can I only think about the Monty Python SPAM skit now. The revealing of the SPAM is quite violent xD SPAM is considered a dish in Asia, by itself, with rice, or as part of fried rice. I know there’s a dish from HK eaten for breakfast that has SPAM with egg noodles, fried egg, and chai sim (any HK Nasties want to help me out?)

    Do they have the spicy SPAM over in Korea, as well as the Turkey ones, too?

    3 years ago
  39. u guys should try spam musubi, its a common food here in hawaii. available anywhere at 7-11.

    3 years ago