#CookLike Chef Kalel Chan: Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog

Chef Kalel Chan: Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog
What do Providore, Cha Cha’s Boracay, Friends & Family, Chotto Matte, and Motto Motto have in common—aside from the fact that they all serve incredibly delicious food? They’re all under Raintree Restaurants—and helmed by corporate chef, Kalel Chan. This low-key, cool, and creative chef with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management started under the wing of Chef Sau del Rosario, and is now a mentor himself, an innovator, and a brand ambassador for multiple companies.

(I solemnly swear that Chef Kalel gave me the go-signal to use the below photo.)

Chef Kalel Chan: Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog
If you have tasted Cha Cha’s iconic Ube Champorado, Providore’s Salpicao Steak, Friends & Family’s hearty Filipino food, and Izakaya Sensu’s and Motto Motto’s arrays of exquisite Japanese fare, you probably know what I’m talking about. Thus, in the first installment of this new series in the blog called #CookLikewhich chef is best to feature other than Kalel Chan? Yes, we’ll be attempting to be a little bit like him in our own home kitchens!

Chef Kalel Chan: Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog
How do I describe Chef Kalel’s cooking? It’s innovative but not exaggerated. It doesn’t care about trends and hypes, but it knows how to target our collective tastes. Simple and straightforward at times—and yet, you go, “why didn’t I think about this?”. Always comforting, endlessly imaginative.

Chef Kalel Chan: Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog
And since we’re all stuck in our homes this quarantine, I asked Chef Kalel to share a really simple recipe that both newbie and experienced cooks can try at home. Excited to cook like lodi Chef Kalel? Read on and start prepping!

Chef Kalel Chan’s Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog
serves 3-4

Chef Kalel Chan: Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog


1 can SPAM (340g), cut into cubes
Sriracha hot sauce
Mayonnaise (your brand of choice, chef Kalel used Kewpie)
Sweet soy sauce (alternative: make your own using regular soy sauce and brown sugar)

Nori wrappers
Toasted sesame seeds
Scallions/spring onions, chopped


4 eggs
½ cup soy sauce
¾ cup water
¼ cup sugar


Tamago (needs to be prepared beforehand):

1. Boil water in a saucepan. Once bubbling, put the eggs (gently) and cook the eggs for 6 minutes.
2. To avoid overcooking the eggs, soak them in ice water as quickly as you can after scooping them out of the boiling water.
3. Mix soy sauce, sugar, and water in a bowl.
4. Peel the eggs carefully and marinate the eggs in the mixture you made in Step 3. Refrigerate—ideally, overnight.


Chef Kalel Chan: Japanese-Inspired Spamsilog
1. In a bowl, mix equal parts of mayonnaise and Sriracha. If you want it spicier, add more Sriracha. It’s up to you!
2. In a pan, saute SPAM cubes until slightly charred.
3. In a plate or bowl of cooked rice, assemble SPAM on top of fried rice and drizzle with Sriracha mayo and sweet soy sauce. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds as you wish. Serve with the marinated tamago that has been sliced, and garnish with nori wrappers and spring onions/scallions.

Follow Chef Kalel Chan on Instagram—where he shares more exciting recipes!

Motto Motto, Izakaya Sensu, Friends & Family, and Saboten are on GrabFood and Food Panda. They also offer curbside pickup for areas outside BGC—you can call the restaurant to place your orders then book your own Lalamove/Grab to pick them up. Check them out on Instagram for the menus and details on how to order: @mottomotto.ph | @izakayasensuph | @friendsandfamilyph | @sabotenph

What do you think about Chef Kalel's recipe?

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