Before I begin talking about this meal, a fair warning: this site is a judgement free zone. So, no exasperated looks, eye rolling, vulgar language, and put that pitchfork away. Deal?
The best breakfast bun in the world is made with Spam.
Still with me?
If you are, you fit into one of three categories:
- You like spam – in which case, he-hey a kindred spirit! You should try the recipe below. You’ll love it.
- You don’t know what spam is – in which case, you should definitely try the breakfast bun recipe below. Let’s expand your horizons.
- You hate spam – but you’re still here, which tells me you’re willing to change your ways. So let’s put our differences aside and share a laugh over some spam.
What is Spam?
If you fit into the second category, let’s go over what Spam is.
Spam is a kind of cooked and canned pork meat which was widely used in World War II. There are many different types of canned pork, of which Spam is one of the many brands. Their marketing folks did a great job, and nowadays nobody outside of the western hemisphere can think of canned pork without thinking of Spam.
If you don’t recognize Spam, your grocery still likely has it, except it won’t be the exact same brand. As long as you find a can of ‘pork luncheon meat’ you’re golden. It’s essentially the same thing.
Spam is especially popular in Hawaii, in which over 7 million cans are consumed a year. In fact, it’s so popular it’s referred to as ‘Hawaiian Steak’. You can check this out for more useless luncheon meat trivia.
Ok, ok, I get it.
What about the breakfast bun?
In our household this breakfast bun is a rare Sunday morning indulgence.
It’s salty, porky, filling, and will have you running out of bed to prepare it.
The spam is used as the main ingredient by cutting it up into 1cm thick slices, which you then lightly fry in a pre-heated pan. The breakfast bun is then assembled with some spring onions, a slice of tomato, a fried egg, and spread with wasabi mayo. It’s that easy.
Ingredients (makes 2)
1 can of Spam, opened and sliced 1cm thick
2 large eggs
2 breakfast buns (if you can get brioche buns, even better)
3 spring onions, cut into thin vertical strips
1 tomato, slices into thin strips
3 tbsp mayo
1 1/2 tsp wasabi
- Preheat a large pan over medium-high heat, and add a neutral cooking oil such as canola oil. Add the pieces of spam and cook each side for 1 to 2 minutes or until a golden crust forms.
- Pull the Spam out and place on a paper towel to drain.
Fry the eggs either sunny side up, or over easy.
Here’s a small trick if you like your eggs over easy but always break them: Add some water into the pan and quickly cover it. The water will turn to steam and cook the egg white giving you an over-easy egg without any flipping necessary!
- Mix the mayo with the wasabi until everything is incorporated.
- Smear both sides of the bun with the wasabi mayo, and assemble.
The proper order is: spam, tomato, spring onion, eggs.
Architecture is key.
- Hide from the world as you enjoy your sinful breakfast bun.