I had the distinct honor today of being the first person ever to order spam musubi from Marination Mobile. The most recent addition to the slew of food trucks opening around Seattle, Marination Mobile offers Hawaiian and Korean street food (think kalbi beef tacos, kimchi fried rice, and spam sliders.) Spam musubi is an extremely popular snack in Hawaii. It consists of a slice of spam – usually fried or grilled – atop a rectangle of rice with a strip of nori seaweed holding it all together. Sometimes seasonings such as teriyaki sauce are included. Everything on Marination Mobile’s menu sounded great, but the spam musubi intrigued me the most (perhaps because President Obama famously ate one during a recent trip to Hawaii.) They were really excited when I ordered it and asked me to sign my name on the order slip (I thought this was some sort of waiver for spam musubi newbies at first but they actually just wanted to keep it as a memento.) Having never eaten spam musubi before, I was pleasantly surprised. It is very simple yet quite tasty – salty, sweet and a bit briny thanks to the nori. This humble snack is priced right at just $2 each. In fact, all of the prices at Marination Mobile are reasonable – the fried rice bowl is $5 and the tacos (which are awesome by the way) are $2 each. Marination Mobile is planning to be parked at different spots around the city. You can track their whereabouts on their website and also on twitter: curb_cuisine.


  1. Funny that someone who doesn’t “really” eat meat was the first. I mean, they’d been open at least one day before, right? Bunch of wusses out there.

    Comment by Katie — June 19, 2009 @ 6:48 am

  2. Spam doesn’t count as meat, right? Ha – a bunch of wusses is correct. Actually, they just opened on Wednesday in Fremont, and they didn’t offer the musubi that day because they weren’t sure the Fremonters would go for it. They saved it for the Capitol Hill crowd because we are so much more “edgy!”

    Comment by elliemay — June 19, 2009 @ 8:44 am

  3. I knew we were kindred spirits, Iris has been eating this for years!!
    We are now in search of truck.

    Comment by mj — June 19, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

  4. Hi MJ! According to my “insider sources” they should be pulling up to the Shell station at Pike & Broadway around 5:00 today. Good luck! It sounds like Iris is quite the connoisseur so I’ll be curious to hear what she thinks.

    Comment by elliemay — June 19, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  5. I tried spam musubi for the first time this past Saturday. My co-worker from hawaii brought it to our pot luck. Not many were willing to try it, but I saw seaweed and dove in. (I’m a big fan of sushi). I made a pig of my self since there was so much left over. Ate three. Searching the net for recipes and found this blog. Can’t wait to make my own musubi.

    Comment by davi — November 15, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

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