Flow videography intern Kari Lau trekked to the 15th annual Waikiki Spam Jam on April 29, where she sampled delectable spam dishes and partook in the festivities. Read below to see her recap of what she did during the Spam Jam!
Words, photos and video by Kari Lau
Spam Samples – Hornel Foods
Rating: 5/5 (1 being the worst and 5 being the best)
Reason: First, the spam samplers were free! So that was pretty awesome.
The vendor offered various renditions of spam including teriyaki, Portuguese sausage, and more. With each version of spam that I sampled, it always had a nice soft texture that was easy to eat! Not only that, the vendor always ensured that the spam was always fresh off the grill for the consumers to enjoy. Overall, I say this snack got the W.
Spam Won Ton Nachos – Gordon Biersch
Rating: 3/5 (1 being the most worst and 5 being the best)
Reason: The spam was too salty for my preference. The salt from the meat drowned out the pickled vegetables and fruits on the plate. Not only that, it was served cold which made the dish feel as if it was not fresh. On the brighter side, the mayo had a slight spice, which I gladly devoured. Besides the mayo, the won ton chips acted as a balance component to the overwhelming flavor of the spam, which was a nice refresher from the powerful taste.
Overall, Spam Won Ton Nachos, I say you are a solid three.
Spamyaki – Waikiki Yokocho
Rating: 5/5 (1 being the most worst and 5 being the best)
Reason: The spamyaki was a pleasant twist on the classic Japanese dish. Instead of using octopus, the chefs used spam, which was surrounded by the gooey filling of the batter. This made it easy to devour. To top it off, the mayo, bonito, and takoyaki sauce were perfect garnishments for the dish. The flavor from the topping offered a salty, mild, and a slight fishy taste which created the ultimate taste. Overall, the spamyaki was a well orchestrated plate!
Besides the delicious food, the Spam Jam had wonderful entertainment that created a warm atmosphere throughout the event. Scroll down to catch a glimpse of the performers!