September 19, 2003, Volume 3 Number 38
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
Thank you! I really would like to express my appreciation to each and everyone of you who have been reading our weekly newsletter and reviews. Some of you have been following my gustatory exploits since the early days when I wrote about Thai Esan, Greek Freak, and Mini Cafe, all of which have since closed (although you can still get delicious gyros and other Greek food at Jeff's Pirate's Cove.)
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In Today's Issue:
- Truong's Restaurant Re-opens In Style - New Location Sets A High Standard
- Positive Choices - Guam SDA Cooking School & Health Seminar
- Carlo Pari In Concert - Performances to Benefit Guam Territorial Band
- Around the Island - Mongo Mongo, Cafe Kalachucha Lunch Buffet, Josephine's
- Curry Kebab - Compelling Indian Cuisine with New Menu of Stimulating Treats
Truong's Restaurant Re-opens In Style - New Location Sets A High Standard
Truong's Restaurant was first reviewed while at their Yigo location in our November 15, 2002 newsletter, with a glowing appraisal stating that "Truong's is making waves....big waves as more and more people are discovering what is probably the best-tasting Vietnamese food on the island." The review continues, "What's amazing about this is that the owners proudly communicate that their food is the best, that it is different, and that they offer bigger portions. Then they take your order and return with the proof of their claims."
Truong's was closed for over four months and has relocated to a brand new facility that is an upscale Vietnamese restaurant with prices basically the same as they were in their original eatery, which was a typical "hole in the wall." You really have to see this phenomenal new place, now in the East-West Business Center. There are classic, original woven art pictures from Vietnam adorning the walls, elegant furniture, a brand spanking new kitchen with an exhaust hood that works - this is not your typical Vietnamese restaurant with grease-laden air!
I was finally able to satisfy my quest for the fabled "Vietnamese Sandwich" ($4.95), which is something you really must try. This is an original, authentic Vietnamese Sandwich according to Kim (sister of the owner, Ly) and is made with Toasted French Bread (a baguette), pickled shredded radish & carrot, liverwurst, cilantro, roast pork resembling char siu but flavored with a different spice, and mayonnaise. It's light eating but quite flavorful...a real delicacy that takes a lot of effort to produce. The whole Truong family is overwhelmed with gratitude for their new home, and they want to share it with you. You will be impressed! They are open daily 11am - 2am.
Positive Choices - Guam SDA Cooking School & Health Seminar
The Guam SDA (Seventh Day Adventist) Clinic is holding a weekly vegetarian cooking school as well as seminar on Positive Health Choices starting Sunday, September 28 and running every Sunday afternoon from 5pm - 7pm until November 23. The cost is $25 if you register by September 25 and $35 there after. The Vegetarian Cooking School will be conducted by Kathryn Holm, a Registered Dietician, and Dr. Christine Sloop. It is titled "Vegetarian Nutrition for Healthy Minds and Hearts". The Positive Health Choices seminars will feature integrated medical and spiritual therapeutics for wellness with an emphasis on the prevention of obesity, diabetes, stress, and anxiety. The seminars will be presented by Drs. Keith Horinouchi, Wes Youngberg, and Randall Sloop, and Pastor Mateus Nambu. The locations are the Santa Rosa and Santa Rita Conference Rooms in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Call SDA Wellness at 647-7520 to register and for information.
Carlo Pari In Concert - Performances to Benefit Guam Territorial Band
Critically-acclaimed and internationally-renowned Italian pianist Carlo Pari will be performing two concerts on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, in the Grand Ballroom of the Palace Hotel Guam. Carlo Pari has played in major cities across Europe including Italy, Germany, Austria, U.K, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Sweden as well as in China and U.S.A. Born in Rimini, Italy in 1972, Pari demonstrated an innate talent for music at an early age. He began his musical studies at the age of 13 at the Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro. Pari is known for his subtlety of touch and brilliant interpretative style, and has performed both as a soloist and as an accompanist. He has worked with such contemporary operatic notables as Luciano Pavorotti, Mario Melani, and Katia Ricciarelli. A Gala Dinner and Benefit Concert will be held on Friday, with dinner served at 6:30pm. Tickets are $50, with a 12-person table priced at $550. On Saturday night a Piano Concert starts at 8pm, with tickets for students and seniors priced at $8, $10 for educators, and $15 for adults. Tickets are available at China Arts in Anigua (477-8145) and the Palace Hotel (646-2222). Tickets will also be available at the door for both evenings. This is a worthy cause to support the performing arts on Guam, with proceeds to benefit the Guam Territorial Band.
Around the Island - Mongo Mongo, Cafe Kalachucha Lunch Buffet, Josephine's
Mongo Mongo at Guam Premier Outlets definitely sates one's appetite for fresh-grilled veggies and meats, custom-seasoned by sauces and rich flavors of your own choosing. The service is quick, and the variety of fresh vegetables is consistent, and you can select a meat, or a combination of meats, including sliced beef, chicken, or pork, as well as shrimp and tofu. Good news for foodies who live or work in the Hagatna area - we understand that a Mongo Mongo will open late this year in the newly-renovated Agana Shopping Center!
Cafe Kalachucha's Lunch Buffet is a pleasant surprise, with a quality selection of salads, sashimi, steamed prawns, appetizers, soup and desserts in addition to a choice of plated entree, all for the price of $15 Adults/$8 Children (plus 10% service charge.) We had the Westin-style Ebi-Donburi and a Cornish Hen baked with Oregano Tomato Coulis and Parmesan Cheese. There are 6 other main dishes, including a Salmon Fillet, Sirloin Steak, Prawns, Pork Chop, and Westin Style Katsu-Ni-Donburi. It is a relaxing, satisfying dining experience, with just the right amount of food choices. On the lighter side, one can opt to have the buffet bar only for $10 plus service charge. The carrot cake's a winner!
Josephine's Chamorro Kitchen continues to fill the tummies of ardent fans who love Josephine Cruz's home-cooked Chamorro standards. Her Shrimp Kelaguen is excellent, as are the Ham Hocks & Bean, Fried Parrot Fish, Kadon Manok, Beef Tinaktak, and other selections. Josephine's is located behind the Oka Payless SuperMarket in Tamuning, and open Mondays - Fridays from 10am - 4pm. Call 647-3205 for reservations and take-out orders.
Curry Kebab - Compelling Indian Cuisine with New Menu of Stimulating Treats
The Curry Kebab is open and people need to eat there. That's essentially the message we want to communicate to people. Why? Because The Curry Kebab is worth the experience...it is a unique, exotic, dining destination unlike any other restaurant experience on Guam. If you thought it was good before, well it's even better now, with an a la carte menu filled with new and exciting dishes, including appetizers, a variety of Naan breads, flavorful main courses, fresh-squeezed fruit and veggie drinks, and desserts. Indian cuisine is principally and primarily about spice - a universe of spice blends and aromatic flavors that elevate the senses and stimulate the appetite. Although curry is probably the most easily identified food associated with Indian cuisine, the tandoor oven is what brings a basic hearth-inspired authenticity to Indian cuisine that universalizes it's appeal. Naan (fresh leavened Indian bread), Chappati, and Tandoori Roti (unleavened bread) are served hot and fresh from the clay oven.
Curry Kebab's plain Naan bread is $1.50, and now available as Cheese Naan ($2), Garlic Naan ($2), Masala Kulcha ($2.25) and Rosemary Naan ($2.25). These are enhanced with condiments such as Lemon Pickle, Mango Chutney, and Raita, a creamy, refreshing yogurt and cucumber relish blend with mild spices ($1.75). Although the Curry Kebab serves a selection of wines and beers, including India's own Kingfisher brand, we opted for a Rose Lassi ($2.50)and a Strawberry Lassi ($2.75), which are fresh homemade yogurt shakes made with rose and strawberry sherberts, respectively. These are thick, ice-blended beverages that are easy to drink and not too sweet.
We wanted to try some of the vegetarian specials during our visit, and ordered a Navarantha Korma ($8.50) which has nine kinds of vegetables, fruits and nuts in a mild creamy sauce, and a Malai Kofta Curry, which is croquettes of fresh homemade cheese and potatoes in a mild creamy sauce. You can specify your spicy heat preference to your server choosing from mild, medium, or hot. Both of these dishes were very good to eat - both tasty and healthy. Indian cuisine offers vegetarians a universe of magnificent flavors and variety. Other vegetarian dishes include the Aloo Gobi Masala ($7.95), which is a cauliflower & potato blend sauteed in cumin, onion, herbs and tomato sauce, Mutter Mushroom Curry ($7.95), green peas and mushrooms cooked in a special gravy; and Baingan Masala ($8.50), which is egg plant cooked with onion, spices and special curry sauce.
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