I’m typing this on an airplane back from
I was in
There are so many Californians living in
Anyway, I digress. So the mixing cultures gave rise to a mixing of foods. Often, the plantation farmers would have so many varieties of foods to share that a wonderful mixture of meats, rice, sauces and salsas, and methods of cooking resulted in what is the abstruse ‘Hawaiian Cuisine’ of 2010 and my upbringing. One of those dishes was the easily portable ‘Musubi’ or 'Onigiri' – a Japanese ball of rice, usually with a seed or other ingredient inside, wrapped in seaweed. This Japanese dish has no counterpart in traditional American cooking – a perfect condiment of anything and also could be eaten on its own as a light meal.
The original Onigiri, as prepared by Fran
Over time, during the World Wars especially World War II, meat was difficult to come by in the
A little Terriyaki Sauce, a little Mirin (rice wine based rice additive, used in Sushis and many cuisines in Japanese cooking), a bit of Furikake (shredded nori seaweed and sesame seeds) in the rice, mix it up, shape it into a rectangular cube of rice, top it with Spam sautéed in Terriyaki, garlic or other sauces, and wrap it all up in Seaweed. There you have it! The Hot Dog of
You can find them everywhere in
Even Obama likes them.