During a Hawaii family vacation a few years ago, my son kept going back to the convenience store to buy a Spam – rice concoction. His love for Spam and rice in any form never waned so I cooked this Loco Moco with Spam when we got home to the east coast. For most Filipinos, Spam has been a go-to comfort meal especially when combined with rice.
I was guilty as charged. I knew my sons’ passion for the canned Spam was my doing. Purists and health food crusaders can blame me for my family’s addiction to the Spam. Canned foods were introduced to the Philippines when the United States colonized our 7,100 islands for nearly half a century. American canned goods became a staple in most Filipino pantries post World War II.
While growing up in the Philippines, I remember seeing my mom reverently open a cabinet full of ‘imported’ canned meat in the kitchen. My mom always kept the canned goods supply fully stocked. There were rows of canned soups, vegetables, corned beef and Spam, shiny and gleaming on those shelves. My palate was trained early on to enjoy Spam. No apologies. Soon, I passed on the Spam-love to my sons. So on busy weeknights when I need supper swiftly, I reach for the Spam and make a huge pot of fragrant, steaming white rice. This is why I knew this Loco Moco recipe would be perfect for anyone in a rush to make dinner or breakfast. It’s also delightful way to entice the kids for any meal in between.
So get dinner or breakfast going. Make them a large Loco Moco pronto. It can’t get any more fun than this.
Loco Moco with Spam
- 1 cup sweet rice for the coconut rice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk canned or fresh
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
- 1 can Spam sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 whole large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt divided, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon on each egg
To cook the sweet rice:
- In a medium-sized bowl, soak the sweet rice in 1 cup water. Cover this with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.Pour the rice and water into a medium-sized stockpot. Stir in the coconut milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat in about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover the rice. Lower heat to a low. Simmer for 10 minutes more till rice is soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Fluff the rice with a fork to keep from sticking to the bottom of the stockpot. Remove from fire. Keep covered and set aside.
To cook the sauce:
- In a small saucepan, mix together the soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, brown sugar and sriracha. Over medium heat, simmer the sauce mixture. Stir a few times. Cook till sauce is thick and reduced to half, for about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from stove and set aside.
To cook the Spam:
- In a separate non-stick large skillet, add the oil. When oil is hot enough, pan sear the Spam slices for 5 minutes or till the pieces are slightly brown on the edges.Take out the Spam from skillet and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil. Set aside.
To cook eggs:
- Using the same large non-stick skillet, add enough oil to cook eggs. When oil is hot enough in about 2 minutes, add the eggs one at a time. Sprinkle a dash of salt over each egg if desired. Cover and cook eggs sunny side up for 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Keep covered. The eggs continue cooking in residual heat for about 2 minutes more.
- Using a large serving platter, arrange a layer of the coconut rice at the bottom.Top with the Spam slices and eggs.Drizzle the sauce reduction over the entire dish. Garnish with scallions. Serve warm.
- The sweet rice I used in this recipe is also known to Filipinos as sticky rice or "malagkit" (sticky). If sweet rice is not available, use regular white rice for this recipe. It is just as delightful.
Nutrition Notes: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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