So the secret to this recipe is SPAM. Before you go running and screaming, you should know that I have fed this recipe to many an unsuspecting diner, and they always believe the meat in this dish to be ham, sausage, or some other port product. Shock and wonder are the reactions when they realize that it is the infamous canned pork product that adds such a savory goodness to the other ingredients.
- 1 can SPAM, chopped into 1/4 inch cubes
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1½ cup fresh peas (or thawed frozen peas - do not use canned peas!)
- 4 cups cooked day old rice (freshly cooked will work, but is generally too moist)
- 1 tablespoon Canola oil
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce (to taste, but don't go overboard!)
- 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (also to taste)
- 1-2 teaspoons Paprika
- ½ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
Place oil in wok/pan. Turn stove on to medium heat. Add onions, cook until they start to become translucent, then add the SPAM. When the onions become translucent, add 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Cook 1-2 minutes, or until everything has started to brown. Turn the heat up to medium high or high. Add peas, rice, paprika, and black pepper then stir. Add remaining soy sauce in small doses until the rice is light brown in color.
If you use Aloha brand soy sauce, you will not need much (if any) sugar, since it is brewed sweeter than Japanese or Chinese soy sauce.
If you just have to skip the SPAM, here are a few alternative meats:
- 1/2 pound of diced bacon
- 1 can of tuna or salmon (use lower heat because canned fish can burn easily)
- 12 oz Ham
- 12 oz chopped chicken