Taste Test: A Guide to the Best Luncheon Meat on the MarketMay 7, 2016
Canned cold-cuts might not exactly be a gift from the culinary gods, but it has long been a necessity in home cooks’ kitchens. Luncheon meat especially, has become the essential household grocery item, universally loved and stored in kitchen cupboards almost everywhere. It’s a quick fix for meaty cravings—and a simple solution for people who are helpless when it comes to wielding a spatula. They’re easy enough to spot in supermarket aisles, and are offered in a number of different brands. But with the many choices available, which can do you put in the cart?
- The luncheon meat must be bought from a local grocery store/ supermarket.
- Luncheon meat must be tasted as it is, coming straight from the can.
- Luncheon meat must not be “flavored” (e.g. Barbecue luncheon meat, Longganisa luncheon meat, spicy, jalapeño, etc.)
Valley Farm Chunky Pork Luncheon Meat
This luncheon meat deserves recognition for its use of real shredded pork, although sparingly. This added not only to the overall meatiness, but also to its texture.
Purefoods Luncheon Meat
Purefoods was a little more mushy instead of meaty. Some people might prefer this quality in luncheon meat, but not everyone is a fan. The texture and the flavor seemed to give away the food product’s artificiality even more.
Deli Mondo Luncheon Meat
Priding themselves on being Filipino and farm-fresh, Deli Mondo did not disappoint. The meat they use tasted organic and authentic, and seemingly well-seasoned for something coming from a tin can. But of course, something like this is a little pricker than the rest of the options on offer.
Ma Ling is a known classic in the Philippines, and is a trademark canned brand. It proves to live up to its reputation with its homey taste, that will remind you of childhood breakfasts.
Farm Town Pork Luncheon Meat
Farm Town’s Pork luncheon meat is not memorable in its taste. Its main asset is in the fullness of its meat.
La Filipina Luncheon Meat
La Filipina easily falls under one of the best in this list. The texture of the meat is interestingly somewhat creamy, and its flavor whole. The meat also tastes closer to real cold-cuts than most of the items on this list.
CDO Chinese Style Luncheon Meat
CDO’s Chinese Style luncheon meat is, at best, average when it comes to the three criteria. It doesn’t really impress, nor does it really disappoint.
Prime Pork Luncheon Meat
This luncheon meat gives justice to its name, as it comes close to the feel and taste of pork.
SPAM Luncheon Meat
This all-time favorite never fails to hit the spot. It is the luncheon meat of all luncheon meats, and rightfully so. There’s still no denying the fact that what it lacks in its authentic meatiness, it makes up for in flavor. The texture of SPAM fresh out of the can is also not as good as when fried. But one thing’s for sure: at this point, there’s really no getting rid of SPAM.
Tulip Pork Luncheon Meat
Tulip puts import-quality meat in a can. The authentic and rich taste of pork is there, but is downplayed in this particular luncheon meat’s texture.
Philips Gold Pork Luncheon Meat
Philips Gold’s luncheon meat is firm, yet quite soft in texture. And despite its being one of the more expensive of the lot, it is surprisingly not as meaty as compared to some. But what redeems this canned cold-cut is its flavor.