• Fried Spam and egg on rice. (Tammi Kwok)Source: Tammi Kwok

Loved from Hong Kong to The Philippines, Hawaii and China, Spam may be a divisive food, but it is undeniably delicious. The act of frying slabs of Spam and eating it with rice is a rite of passage for many Chinese kids. For a plant-based alternative, Ominpork is manufacturing plant-based luncheon meat that would be the perfect substitute for this recipe.






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  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 can Spam, sliced to 1cm thickness
  • 4 eggs
  • Roasted sesame oil or chilli oil to taste (optional)

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Wash your rice in a colander until the water runs clear, then transfer to a rice cooker and fill to the number 2 water line and cook. Alternatively, use the stovetop absorption method and cook your rice to the packet directions.
  2. Once the rice is cooked, fluff the rice using the rice cooker paddle or a fork, and allow it to sit.
  3. Preheat a non-stick frypan over medium heat and add the slices of Spam. Cook each side for 1-2 minutes or until crisp. This may need to be done in batches depending on how big your pan is.
  4. Once the Spam is fried, remove it from the pan and set it aside.
  5. Turn the heat up to medium-high heat, crack your eggs in the same pan, and fry sunny-side up.
  6. Serve by scooping rice in a bowl and top with a few slices of fried spam and one egg per person. If you desire, you can finish your dishes with a dash of sesame oil or chilli oil, to taste. 



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