Best buys and other tasty bits

Wednesday, May 20, 1998

By Ken Sakamoto, Star-Bulletin

For the cook who has everything -- a Spam slicer will deliver
absolutely uniform slices for musubi, or whatever.

From the land of Spam

A friend told us the story about how her mother's friend, visiting from California, was intent on getting just one thing before she left the islands. And, it wasn't Brook Lee's autograph or a Hilo Hattie muumuu.

It was ... a Spam slicer.

She had heard about the amazing gadget available in the land of Spam musubis.

Her local friends searched frantically before finally tracking down the "Decoupe Viande -- Luncheon Meat Slicer" -- as it's called -- at Daiei and Marukai stores.

It's nothing high tech. You position a chunk of Spam just so, then bring down rows of wires to slice up to nine pink rectangles, or eight fat ones. Our test musubi-maker found it easy to use, although she couldn't understand why anyone would need one.

"We've been been selling it a long time, about five years," a Daiei spokesman said. "It sells well."

We tried to get more information from the local distributor, but couldn't pry anything loose other than the fact that it comes from China. He said the slicer was nothing special, has been around for years and we should go write about something else.

The slicer sells for $3.99 at Marukai, $4.99 at Daiei.

But don't expect to find it in such upscale kitchen gadget nooks as "Executive Chef." (We asked.)

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