Oh, come on.
It was a perfectly traditional New Year's Day meal of beans, ham, rice and greens. Just like Hoppin' John.
Beans for fortune, greens for prosperity.
But this lunch would more likely be found in Kailua than Kissimmee.
I admit I was just faking it. I have always wanted to try Spam musubi, but since I have no travel plans, it looked like I was going to have to make it myself rather than buy some in Hawaii.
The urgency got, uh, urgent when I came across a post for Spam musubi at Tastespotting. (I have tried to refind it, but it seems to be lost to cybermemory.) And suddenly I thought: This is ham and rice. Just add beans and cabbage, and we're all set for the first meal of the year!
So the beans are edamame, of course. And the cabbage is kimchi.
I will give you a brief lesson on making Spam musubi, because I can't link to the original source. Use Korean nori; it's thinner, lacier, more fragile. You can bite through it, easy. Save the can your Spam comes in, because you will use it to pack in some rice (you might season the rice with a trace of vinegar), and then whack out the rice cake onto the countertop. Fry the Spam slices; flavoring them with sugar and soy sauce seems unnecessary to me. Wrap the nori around your assembled stack sandwich (it really is take-along finger food). Done.
Verdict? Just damn yummy! Really good. Spam reeeeally needs some seaweed to bring it out of canned Spamminess, and it's perfect. I would do it again (and since I have half a can of Spam in the fridge, I will).
We called this meal Hoppin' Bruddah.