July 5th, 1937 – Hormel Foods introduces their famed canned meat product, Spam, to the market.
April 15th, 1955, businessman Ray Kroc joins a local burger shop, and Mcdonald’s was incorporated.
We’ve waited many long decades for these three elements to finally come together into one bite and at long last on December 21st, 2020 to much fanfare at home and abroad McDonald China released, for one day, and one day only, the spam Oreo burger.
So. As soon as we tasted a bite of this majestic concoction, we knew that we had to share it with you.
How To Make The Mcdonald’s Spam Oreo Burger At Home?
It’d be tragic if the world saw the last of the spam oreo burger and while I’d never want to presume to know better than the hardworking flavor scientists at McDonald’s laboratories, with a couple of tweaks I think we can actually make an even better spam oreo sandwich.
So right, let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with here.
The primary component of the Spam Oreo burger is, of course, those two pieces of fried spam.
Now, McDonald’s China generally doesn’t really use spam, but of course, it’s a hyper common ingredient throughout Asia – for example, if you sat down at a Cantonese Cha Chaan Teng, you can be greeted with dishes like spam fried-egg
This burger event was actually brand cooperation between Spam and McDonalds, so while all fried spam is great, I think we can actually lean into the sweet-savory thing going on here with a bit of a soy sauce glaze.
Then, of course, that’s topped with crushed Oreos, the exact same sort that you’d find in your McFlurry. Now anyone that’s an experienced baker knows that Oreo crumbs are actually something you can just buy.
I’m pretty sure that these are just the Oreo factory rejects though, so I think we can amp things up by using our own homemade artisanally hand-crushed Oreos.
After that, this is then given a generous dollop of mayo, which seems to be the bog-standard McDonalds one, and then tossed on those normal McDonalds buns.
Now, the usual way this kind of video seems to go is to first spruce up that bun, but we didn’t feel like making our own for this, and unfortunately here in Shunde, the very best buns we can buy are literally just the same supplier as McDonald’s.
So instead we hit up our local Cantonese bakery and grabbed a pineapple bun – for the unaware, pineapple buns don’t actually contain any pineapple – they’re basically super chewy bread and get their name from their craggy sugar cookie topping.
In Guangdong, you can sometimes find certain restaurants that stuff these guys with spam and egg, so it felt like a natural fit.
So then, to cook first make your artisanally hand-crushed Oreos by taking two Oreos, scraping off the filling, and crushing them with your hands.
We used two Oreos for two burgers and opted to leave these slightly smaller than M&M-sized so that they could keep a bit of
their structural integrity in the end.
Next, whip up a simple soy sauce glaze by mixing a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of sugar, and a half tablespoon of water.
Do a real bang-up job mixing that to make sure the sugar’s dissolved, then you can fry the spam.
Here we cut our spam into generous 1 cm steaks, and over a medium flame fried our spam for about five minutes, flipping and applying the soy sauce glaze every 90 seconds or so.
Now, to assemble your burger, carefully slice your pineapple bun or bun of choice in half, and nestle on two pieces of spam.
For the mayo we opted for Kewpie to make use of its heavy kick of umami, so just spread over a generous smear on your top bun, and toss on your crushed Oreos.
And with that, you’ve got yourself a spam Oreo burger, which may be just might even better than what you could get in China.
So I know a lot of you are really curious about how this honestly tastes like. So, let’s give it a go.
So it tastes like a Spam sandwich with some mayo. And some sweetness from the Oreo, but nothing too crazy, nothing too bizarre actually, it tastes like a Spam sandwich.
Would I recommend it?
Try it if you’re curious. It’s not that bad. Now let’s try the other one.