Spam is a staple in South Korea's supermarkets. Matt Stiles/NPR hide caption toggle caption Matt Stiles/NPR The Salt In Korea, Spam Isn't Junk Meat — It's A Treat April 8, 2015 It's a gelatinous slab of pork, salt and starch — and in fancy packaging, it's a popular holiday gift. So how did South Korea become the world's No. 2 Spam consumer? Blame it on the war.