Get your kids excited about their school lunch with this kawaii Piggy Spam Musubi Bento! Wildly popular in Hawaii, spam musubi is super easy to prepare and you can get your kids to help out too.
Do you enjoy making bento for yourself or your family? Look what I made today! Super adorable Piggy Spam Musubi!
Watch How To Make Piggy Spam Musubi Bento スパムむすび弁当の作り方
Fun and simple piggy spam musubi bento will be a great hit at school or work, make this cute bento at home in a few easy steps.
What Is Spam Musubi?
Spam Musubi is a popular snack or lunch from Hawaii and it is composed of just three ingredients; a slice of grilled spam, rice, and nori (seaweed).
Spam was a main course for the troops during World War II, and the local Japanese in Hawaii created omusubi or onigiri (rice ball in Japanese) with spam on top. And that’s how spam musubi was invented.
These days spam musubi have different variations (some with furikake/rice seasonings, etc) and they can be easily found at restaurants and even convenience stores in Hawaii.
Not Just Spam Musubi, It’s Piggy Spam Musubi!
Last month I received a copy of this amazing Yummy Kawaii Bento cookbook written by my friend Li Ming Lee from Bento Monsters.
My children and I went through the entire cookbook together in one sitting. We discussed which one was our favorite and both of my children especially loved Ming’s Piggy Spam Musubi bento and wanted to make it.
It might seem intimidating to try when you look at the fancy bento. However, with really thorough step-by-step tutorials like Ming’s cookbook, you would quickly realize how easy and simple it is to make.
Some of you might be unfamiliar with working with rice and making the rice into a specific shape. No worries, Ming suggested using the tin that spam was in it. You can easily make a nice and firm bed of rice with the tin.
You might wonder how the piggy’s ears and nose stay where they belong when the kids open their lunch box. We use uncooked spaghetti to secure them onto the spam. The rice contains enough moisture so by lunchtime, the spaghetti is soft and edible!
Ming’s 250-page Yummy Kawaii Bento cookbook has 70 cute bento recipes and 160 step-by-step tutorials with so many ideas! I’m totally blown away by all the pictures, tutorials, and details of this cookbook. Ming has a magic that makes the bento making so effortless.
If you already have an instagram account, I’m sure many of you already follow her Instagram account @bentomosters because how could we miss her super adorable creations? I mean, look at this cute food art!
As you can tell, there are lots of pictures, and if you’re a visual learner, this cookbook is really awesome. If you’re new to bento making, step-by-step pictures along with the detail explanation will help you tremendously. The final pictures are all so adorable and they inspire me to try making them on my own. Toward the end of the book, Ming shares some quick and easy recipes that can go into your bento box and I thought that’s very helpful.
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Piggy Spam Musubi Bento
- 3 slices SPAM® (7 oz)
- ½ Tbsp neutral-flavored oil
- 1 ½ cups cooked Japanese short-grain rice (1 rice-cooker-cup (180 ml) yields roughly 2 servings (1.75 US cups); see how to cook short-grain rice with a rice cooker, a pot over the stove, an instant pot, or a donabe)
- 1 slice ham
- 1 nori (dried laver seaweed)
- 1 spaghetti
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Cut 3 slices of spam. Add a little oil to the frying pan and cook the spam until lightly browned on both sides.
- Line the spam tin with plastic wrap. Scoop rice into the tin and gently press the rice together.
- Pull out the plastic wrap and remove it. Place a slice of spam on the rice.
- Cut out a strip of nori and wrap it around the spam-and-rice sandwich.
- Use a nori punch or a pair of scissors, cut out pig’s eyes and nostrils from the nori sheet.
- Cut out an oval shape from the slice of ham for the pig’s snout. Then cut out six smaller ovals for the pig’s ears and feet. Cut out an inverted “V” at the edges of four of the ovals to form the cloven hoovers.
- Place the ham and nori on the spam.
- Use a spaghetti noodle to secure the ham onto the spam and pack spam musubi into the bento box.