Mar 28, 2022 - Food and Drink

Cravings: Alohana Hawaiian Grill's spam and noodle soup

A photo of grilled spam saimin
Grilled Spam saimin. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

I detested Spam when I was a kid. Canned cooked pork with "natural gelatin." No thanks.

What happened: I was visiting my aunt in Ankeny earlier this month and we wanted lunch. Alohana Hawaiian Grill was close and it had a few open seats.

  • I felt a bit daring and decided to give "spiced ham" another try.

On my plate: Grilled Spam saimin.

  • Ramen noodle soup with diced green onions, topped with grilled Spam ($6.50).

Thought bubble: I inhaled the dish, and plan to go back for more.

  • The meat was cut into thin strips, far more pleasing than my childhood memory of it being a cold, jiggly blob.

Open: Mon.-Fri., 10am-8pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-8pm.

  • 802 SE Oralabor Rd., #128 in Ankeny.
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