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Spam musubi is beloved throughout Hawaii.  It's sold at restaurants, grocery stores, and 7-11's, and any Hawaiian worth his (or her) salt can whip up a batch with their eyes closed.  I understand if you are afraid of SPAM.  I am a bit wary of luncheon meat myself, but I will eat the heck out of some spam musubi.  Seriously, don't knock it until you try it.

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[sliced spam]
Make some .  For about 10 spam musubi, you need to start with 3-4 cups uncooked rice (depending on how thick you like your rice layer.

Slice up a big can of SPAM crosswise (I get about 10 slices per can, but some people like it thinner).

[marinating spam]
Either make a marinade (1/4 cup oyster sauce, 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar mixed well) or use a store-bought teriyaki sauce.  Place the SPAM slices into the marinade and let sit for 5 minutes.

(not too appetizing at this point, eh?)

[frying spam]
Fry up the SPAM until it's almost crispy on the edges.  Make sure to allow most of the marinade to drip off before adding the SPAM to the pan, and use a medium to medium-low heat to keep everything from burning.

Some folks like to fry the SPAM before adding it to the marinade.  Whatever rocks your boat.

[musubi mold on nori]
Get some toasted nori sheets and cut them to your desired width.  Lay down a sheet of nori, shiny side down, and place the musubi mold on top (wet the mold to keep the rice from sticking too much).  If you don't have a mold, you can shape the rice by hand or make yourself a mold from a mini-SPAM can – use a can opener that doesn't leave sharp edges to cut off the top and the bottom of the can.
[rice in mold]
Add rice to the mold to the desired height.  I like to have at least an inch of rice, sometimes more if the SPAM slice is a bit thick.  Even the rice out.  Then (optional) sprinkle on some furikake or sesame seeds for added zest.  (My husband and I prefer spam musubi sans the furikake.
[rice block on nori]
Using the flat piece of the mold (wetted), press down onto the rice.  Continue pushing down as you pull the rectangular part of the mold upwards, leaving a little rice block on the nori.
[spam on rice block]
Top with a slice of SPAM.

(You can also layer rice above and below the SPAM by adding rice, then the SPAM, then more rice, before pressing down to create the rice block for the musubi.)

[nori wrapped around spam]
Fold one side of the nori over and stick it to the SPAM.  Fold the other side of the nori up and over.  You may need to wet the nori edge a little to get it to stick to itself.  Voila!  Yummy spam musubi is ready to be eaten.
[completed spam musubi]
I wrap each spam musubi in plastic wrap.  It will keep in the refrigerator for no more than a week.  To eat, I heat it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds - just long enough to soften the rice which can get hard when refrigerated.