The Jury’s Still Out On The Spam Ramen Burger

Over the year’s I’ve come across some interesting recipes. Everything from Jello salads made with Miracle Whip to Ice Cream made from a root. I guess you could say anything that is not poisonous and is digestible can be food but why would you want to?

This next recipe was sent to me by a friend who thought it would be good to try…I had other feelings. So they decided to come over and put it to the test.

I will admit, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Let’s face it, Ramen is good and while Spam is an acquired taste those that like it will enjoy this recipe. If you haven’t ever had spam before I would recommend starting with this recipe. Please whatever you do, don’t eat it straight from the container!

1 brick of dried ramen noodles
1 egg
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon mirin
1 slice of Spam, ¼” thick and cut lengthwise so that you have a square-shaped slice
Cooking oil
¼ – ½ cup of finely chopped cabbage kimchi

Cook the ramen noodles according to package instructions – in a small saucepan add the ramen brick and add enough water to just cover the noodles. Over high heat, bring the water to a boil and let the noodles cook for 1-2 minutes or until al dente. If the noodles are overcooked, they will become too mushy.
Drain the noodles in a strainer or sieve and rinse with cold water. Drain.
In a medium-sized bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the cooled noodles and toss until the noodles are completely coated with the egg.
To form the ramen “buns”, get a couple of round forms. Ziploc storage jars work perfectly for this. They are close to 4-inches in diameter. Line the jars with 12 x 12 sheets of plastic wrap.
Add half the amount of noodles in each jar. Fold over the ends of the plastic wrap to completely cover the noodles.
Nest one of the containers on top of the noodles. If you have a third container, nest that container on top and place a small weight inside that container. I used a small spice jar as a weight. If the weight is too heavy, it’ll mush the noodles a little too much.
Refrigerate the noodles in its forms for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, and mirin. Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Brown the Spam and flip. Add the soy sauce mixture and let cook. Spoon the sauce over the Spam as it’s cooking and make sure the Spam gets fully coated with the sauce. The sauce will caramelize as it cooks. Once it caramelizes, take the skillet off the heat and set aside.

Once the noodles are ready, heat a medium-sized (10-inch) non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil. Once the oil starts to shimmer, carefully slide the “bun” out of the container and onto your palm with the plastic wrap intact. Unwrap the noodles, carefully flip the “bun” so that the exposed side lands on your other palm. Carefully slide the “bun” into the pan. Repeat for the second “bun”.
Brown the first side for about 4-5 minutes. It needs to brown so that the egg cooks and the noodles start to bind together. Carefully flip the “bun” and brown the other side a little more than the first side.
Slide one “bun” onto a plate. Place the Spam slice on the “bun”, garnish with chopped kimchi, and top with the other “bun”.
Source : allrecipes.Com