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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, December 27, 2020

In a brightly lit restaurant in downtown Hong Kong, the meaty smell of fried spam fills the air. As other staff prepare for the lunchtime rush, a cook is putting the finishing touches to a bowl of instant noodles, egg and spam, a dish so popular and iconic of local cuisine that it has its own shorthand in Cantonese (chaan daan mihn). But this bowl is different: despite being topped with two pink slabs of luncheon meat, it doesn't actually contain any animal products. The "spam" is vegan, a meat-free alternative developed by OmniFoods, a Hong Kong-based food producer and social enterprise.

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[W]hile it has a less than stellar reputation in many Western countries, spam is beloved in much of Asia. According to recent market research, the Asia-Pacific region accounts for some 39% of luncheon meat sales, with China, South Korea and Japan among the top consumers.

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Wow, I didn't realize so many Asians were descended from the Vikings.

#1 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2020-12-27 12:43 PM | Reply

The new meatless Spam is just called salt. Open a can of meatless Spam and there's a block of salt inside.

#2 | Posted by LiquidCake at 2020-12-27 05:32 PM | Reply

I'm sure it's terrible, but I kinda want to try it.

I mean, it can't be worse than real Spam, can it?

#3 | Posted by DarkVader at 2020-12-28 10:26 AM | Reply

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