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The Buzz about the "Bi's"

Updated: May 13, 2018

A quick history on the iconic Hawaiian staple.

T Komodo Store & Bakery, Maui

There are many stories about how the SPAM musubi came to be, but the one that seems to be most well known is about Mrs. Mitsuko Kaneshiro. The reason why she made the musubi was that she wanted a simple snack to feed her kids. Then in the 1980’s she sold her creation at a local drug store in Honolulu to make some money. It became a big hit because it was a quick, delicious and affordable snack.


A musubi is like sushi but it uses SPAM that is put on top of a block of rice. Before you say “GROSS!” let me tell you about why this is different.

The first time I tried a musubi was in Maui when I was 5. A musubi is like sushi but it uses SPAM that is put on top of a block of rice. Before you say “GROSS!” let me tell you about why this is different. First the SPAM is fried and then dressed with a special musubi sauce. This sauce makes the SPAM sweet and salty. The frying makes it hot and crispy on the outside. The rice is a nice balance to the saltiness of the SPAM and the seaweed adds a nice aroma.



Today SPAM musubis are sold all over the Hawaiian islands. I think Honolulu has the most musubi shops. And no two SPAM musubis are exactly alike because everyone has their own version of how to prepare this snack. If you go to various stores, you will see that there are small differences in the way they taste. Some are more salty, while others are more sweet. Then there are some that have way too much rice in my opinion. But they are all DELICIOUS!



On a recent trip to Hawaii, my family and I went to Honolulu to discover some of the best musubi shops in Hawaii. We were so full by the end of our day but our bellies were also really happy! Click here for a rundown of my favorite musubi shops. I encourage you to go to Hawaii to discover your favorite musubis and eat them on the go or on the beach (which is my favorite thing to do;)

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