Thought Minnesota’s own Hormel SPAM® was the quintessential mystery meat-in-a-can? Well enter Australia’s answer to that since 1936, OX & PALM® SITA Camp Pie Luncheon Loaf. Cheers, Moyte!
I learned about SITA upon my recent visit to Fiji Market & Curry Kitchen out in Kahuku on the North Shore of Oahu, where they import groceries that are popular with Fijians. And a sizeable section of that are canned meats produced in nearby Australia, including Corned Beef, Corned Mutton (domesticated sheep) and of course this, Ox & Palm SITA.
When I seen the name “SITA”, it immediately struck my curiosity, so I asked Rajeev Singh, the owner of Fiji Market what it was, and he explained that SITA is very similar to SPAM in both taste and texture. To which I was like, “NO WAY!”, and ended up buying a can to try, hence what we’re doing today!
Come, we go spock da’ label…
Retyping it, OX & PALM (since 1936) SITA Camp Pie Luncheon Loaf ingredients are: WATER, MUTTON, BEEF LIPS, BEEF TONGUE MEAT, WHAT STARCH, WHEAT GLUTEN, SALT, MSG, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (WHEAT), SODIUM NITRITE, NATURAL FLAVOR, HYDROLYZED PALM KERNEL OIL, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, XANTHIUM GUM, CITRIC ACID, PRESERVATIVE (SODIUM BENZOATE).
OK, they’re DEFINITELY trying to reduce the world’s human population with this stuff. “Natural flavor”, and then counteract that with “Artificial flavor”? JEEZ! WTH!!!!!!!!
Being from Australia, you’d think there’d be Kangaroo, Wallaby, Wombat, Rattlesnake and Crocodile meat in SITA, but nope. Just good ‘ole Mutton, beef lips ‘n tongue meat. lol
At 350mg (15% RDA) per 2 oz. serving, the sodium in SITA is lower than I expected, whereas the same 2 oz. serving of SPAM Chorizo flavor has a whoppin’ 590mg (25% RDA).
Note, I actually bought this can from Micronesia Mart, on the corner of Kapiolani Blvd. and Kalakaua Avenue, right across the Hawaii Convention Center, where it turned out cheaper at $3.39 vs. Fiji Market where it was $4.89/can. Which per 11.5 oz. (cylindrical) can, is pricier than a 12 oz. (box-shaped) can of Hormel SPAM when the latter is (usually) on sale.
Unpacking the steel (not aluminum) double-lidded round can of Ox & Palm SITA “Camp Pie Luncheon Loaf”, it indeed is a pie-shaped luncheon (meat) loaf, complete with the congealed fat you find in canned corned beef. And it kinda’ smells like canned corned beef, with definitely a hint of mutton to it (sheep, or even similar to lamb).
The net size of the 11.5 oz. “Camp Pie Luncheon Loaf” taken out of the can is 3¾” Diameter x 1¾” Depth (or height, or thickness, take your pick).
Now to contemplate how I’m going to slice it, which I could have gone down vertically for a rectangular shape, but that would be boring. Nah, I rather go horizontal to preserve SITA’s round can shape and fairly large diameter in size. This will certainly be be an interesting Musubi!
I tried a small nibble straight out of the can before pan-frying it, and it’s pretty gross, mainly because of the congealed fat. Like SPAM, ALWAY PAN-FRY SITA before eating it!
Next it gets pan-fried, where I’m looking at that thinking, “I am REALLY TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM on this one!” lol
Huli da’ SITA ovah and fry da’ odda’ side, ‘den add some teriyaki to coat and caramelize for added local style flavah for da’ Musubi.
A side note on the Teriyaki sauce: for the life of me I couldn’t find the sugar in my pantry. So I used the next best thing I could find, which was what? A jar of Hawaiian Sun Guava Jelly, and you know what? The Guava Jelly as sweetener was ROCKIN’ my Teri’ sauce! Dude, MEAN, cuz!
Introducing the Ox & Palm SITA Musubi Rice Maker, version 3.12.16.
Like a gas engine (either piston or jet), COMPRESSION is a key stage of the process. Where here you use the can opener-removed lid from the OX & PALM SITA can to firmly press the rice down within the can’s cylindrical wall to make your Musubi rice, shaped for the meat that was in it. And voila!…
Whoomph, there it is. Small ‘kine rice action stuck to da’ lid that I used to compress it, but ah, minahz.
The pan-fried ‘n teriyaki-glazed SITA puts the SMACK-DOWN on the can-formed musubi rice. BAM! lol
Wrap ‘dat buggah wit’ Nori and b-b-b-b-B-BAM!!!
I actually debated which way to wrap the Nori, thinking of either going around the perimeter like a pie crust, or doing some funky cross-hatching using thinner strips, but settled with a simple gift box looking Nori X-wrap. Remember, you heard that here first on The Tasty Island! lol
You can’t really tell from the photo, but believe me, this SITA Musubi is HONKIN’ HUGE! Imagine the size of a can of PALM Corned Beef, turned into a Musubi. Brah, that’s one THICK @SS slab of “meat” on that likewise big @ss slab ‘o rice!
And? Dang, it really does “kinda” taste like Hormel SPAM®! You can definitely tell there’s mutton in there, while otherwise, it tastes more like pork than beef, defying what the main ingredients on the label says are Mutton, Beef Lips and Beef Tongue Meat. Mmmmm, yum, doesn’t that combination sound DELICIOUS?!
The pan-fried SITA also has good texture, being at least somewhat fibrous like SPAM with a pleasant meaty “chew”, and not “cheap hot dog” mushy like TREET.
Back to its flavor profile, it’s pretty salty, yet not overbearing. Just right to compliment the white rice. Again, it’s definitely “mystery meat” in flavor, way more than SPAM already is. However if you’re already a SPAM fan, you’ll definitely dig Ox & Palm’s SITA. Very close in flavor, albeit with that somewhat game-like hint of Mutton (sheep) added in there.
That all said, SITA definitely works as a stand-in for SPAM for a Musubi, and the Teriyaki glaze totally kicks it up in great ways.
To finish up, let’s give Ox & Palm SITA a fair taste without the Nori and Teriyaki sauce masking it, sampling it the standard local breakfast way as SITA, eggs ‘n rice!…
Yup, she go. No can go wrong, either as one musubi, or wit’ eggs ‘n rice. Totally Australia’s answer to SPAM.
Summing it up, I give Ox & Palm SITA Camp Pie Luncheon Loaf 3 SITA Musubi. FWIW, and more importantly, what it’s MADE OF, pretty good stuff! Just make sure you pan-fry it first!
If you see a can of SITA on the store shelf, pick one up just to try it. Or give it to someone as a gag gift, with a note on top that says, “Tastes like SPAM!”. lol
After that Gamara-sized SITA musubi, time for this…
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