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Perhaps its appearance in Japan had more to do with starvation of a defeated population and the sudden excess of the product in the "winner" countries? Certainly as a child, after the second world war, Camp Pie (pretty sure it was the same as spam) was a poor peoples food, whereas during the war it was a way to feed the troops, because it kept so well.

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3 hours ago, Bernie said:

Perhaps its appearance in Japan had more to do with starvation of a defeated population and the sudden excess of the product in the "winner" countries? Certainly as a child, after the second world war, Camp Pie (pretty sure it was the same as spam) was a poor peoples food, whereas during the war it was a way to feed the troops, because it kept so well.

 

Indeed. Spam was used to feed starving refugees and others after WW2 in Japan, Guam and other places around Asia.

 

Eater has a reasonable short history of Spam here .

 

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Asia's present-day fondness for Spam stemmed directly from WWII and following conflicts, during which an entire generation grew up with Spam.

 

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"How Spam Became an Essential Part of Hawaiian Cuisine"

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"We know what you're thinking; SPAM® products must grow on trees there. That would be neat, but to believe it you must have taken a coconut to the head. The true root of the island's love for SPAM® products goes back to World War II, when the luncheon meat was served to GIs."

 

In the interview with Philadelphia restaurateur Kiki Aranita, click on the linked words "Spam Musubi birthday cake" to see the cake (8th paragraph). 

My sister-in-law is Filipino and enjoys Spam Musubi...always orders it at the Hawaiian restaurants in San Diego.

 

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26 minutes ago, Toliver said:

In the interview with Philadelphia restaurateur Kiki Aranita, click on the linked words "Spam Musubi birthday cake" to see the cake (8th paragraph). 

 

I am not of fan of observing my birthday nor of most sweets but I'd be most delighted to celebrate with that cake!

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I've never cared for Spam. However,  I discovered that I like to use it for hash.  Hash has always been dinner food here. Bacon fat, onions, shredded potatoes and Spam make an easy dinner we both enjoy. 

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I fell down the Spam rabbit hole and found this:

 

Spam banh mi!

 

I am hungry

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