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Spam Tocino: A Comparative Review

June 3, 2019

Spam, the mysterious canned meat of legend, has been a controversial item since it appeared on the market. Many people shun it, saying that it isn’t meat at all, and just reconstituted scrap bits of meat folded in with what is most likely meat glue. Plus, there was also that incessant urban legend, which claimed that cannibalistic loved the taste of the stuff because it was the closest to human meat.

But there are others- like the people of Hawaii and Guam, and our own shores—who revere the processed ham, eating it during virtually every meal of the day, and forming awesome dishes out of it. While spam comes in a myriad of different flavors including teriyaki and jalapeño, the tocino version is exclusive to the Philippines, and is an homage to the Filipino breakfast, an insane hybrid between two items that have become staples to our almusal repertoire. It sounds like only something stoners would dream about, but it’s real, and it’s here, and it is actually pretty good.

Spam Tocino1

The flavors are a good attempt at our beloved marinated tocino, but are still a little far from it.

To regular fans of Spam, the texture and consistency of Spam Tocino hardly differs. It is just a tad soggier because of the sugary marinade added to the ham, which means it takes longer to crisp up on the pan. This product is definitely better thinly-sliced, and a little charred, as it caramelizes the sugars, and reminds you exactly of the burnt ends of tocino. The flavors are a good attempt at our beloved marinated tocino, but are still a little far from it. If it were called Sweet Spam or Honey Spam, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Spam Tocino2If you were never a fan of how salty the canned pork mush could be, then this might be the version of Spam that will convert you—the sweetness cuts away from the usual punch of salt, and comes off surprisingly balanced. The hype might just be real this time—this may not be gourmet stuff, but I guarantee many late nights and early mornings will be better off when this is sugary and toasted, placed on top of garlic rice, and hidden under a gooey egg.

Spam Tocino3Spaminess- 10/10

Tocinoness- 5/10

Deliciousness- 10/10

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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9 responses to “Spam Tocino: A Comparative Review”

  1. Dianne Sia Luceñara says:

    Where oh where did you purchase this? Haven’t seen any sa groceries. 🙁

  2. Abi says:

    Where can I buy one? I’ve been looking in different supermarkets but can’t find any.

    • Geh says:

      Got some from Robinson’s Gale supermarket, and to my surprise both Robinson’s supermarkets near me (Bulacan) had them too. 😀

  3. Mikka Wee says:

    We got them at SM Megamall A’s supermarket. 🙂 You can try checking SM Aura, too, but the last time we checked, they were out of stock already. 🙁

  4. Divi Girl says:

    binondo has lots of stock – lucky chinatown’s metro supermarket. or even the wholesalers in divisoria

  5. Anna says:

    Found some at Shopwise

  6. niel says:

    sa duty free po marami

  7. Guest says:

    I know this is old, but it doesn’t seem like the spam was cooked the right way in the picture. A bit of water was supposed to be added and boiled off before frying. The outside of the spam tocino looks like tocino when done that way.

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