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August 3, 2007, Volume 7 Number 31


Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

It's been a long, drawn-out week for me, since I've been battling the flu, but I am slowly recovering. I didn't have an opportunity to do much reviewing or eating out, so there won't be a normal review in this week's newsletter.

One benefit of my illness (other than getting some much-needed rest from my hyper-intense schedule) is that I've been able to try some of my favorite comfort soups, and found a new one. You'll probably find these soups to be ideal eating with all the rainy weather we've been having lately.

Be sure to dress warmly and to stay dry. Enjoy the weekend and get some comfort soup to lift your spirits!

Ken, the "Guam Food Guy"

Marriott Resort's Dine & Ride Promotion

One of the fun things going right now at the Guam Marriott Resort is the second Dine & Ride promo at Manhattan Steakhouse. Spend $40 on food at Manhattan Steakhouse now through October 28 and you can enter to win a 2007 Harley Davidson Motorcycle or a number of other cool prizes. I had the chance to drop by the kickoff cocktail party and got to see the bike that will be given away - pretty cool! [Top photo: THE BIKE; Bottom photo: Harley Davidson GM Bill Nielsen and his wife, Dee Nielsen; Guam Marriott GM Scott Sibley]

9th Annual Fisherman's Festival - "Gupot Y Peskadot"
Sunday, August 5, 2007

Don't miss this coming Sunday's Gupot Y Peskadot (Fisherman's Festival) at the Guam Fisherman's Co-Op, in Hagatna. It will be fun & games for the entire family, along with demonstrations, games, waterslides, and informative exhibits. Best of all, there will be some tastings of a variety of fresh seafood, prepared using some of the Co-Op's time-tested recipes. The public is most definitely invited!

Comfort Soups to Cure Life's Aches & Pains!

Mary's Vietnamese Restaurant
Rt. 16 Harmon
649-5523

Mary's Vietnamese is my preferred stop for Sinigang with Shrimp ($9.50) as I find it an ideal restorative to help fight off that nasty flu bug that's making the rounds. The hot, sour, and spicy broth really de-congests and makes one feel better immediately. This is the one soup that I have as take-out, and whenever Zee goes to pick it up, they know that the food guy's not feeling well! It's been so long since I've ordered it as a dinner entree that I don't have any current electronic images to share. It's one for the imagination!

Sam Choy's Guam U.S.A.
Tumon
649-6637

The Kadon Katni (Beef Soup) from Chef Peter's Backyard Kitchen is only available during lunch. It's a kadu that's good for the soul! Made with a clear broth and tender end cuts of USDA choice beef with baby bok choy and potatoes, you can add finedene or donne to this to make it hotter and suit your taste. At $10.95, it's a bargain!

Sichuan Kitchen
Tamuning
649-2088

There's a super-imaginative thrill involved when eating Chongquing Hot Pot at Sichuan Kitchen. It's because it's totally creative and choosing the ingredients and the dipping sauces are all up to you! This spiced blend of pepper-infused broth will subdue any cold and clear your sinuses for at least 4-6 hours! It doesn't matter if you are vegan or carnivore--you can eat it your way and at your own pace. This is a meal best enjoyed when you have time to relax...it's not fast food, but you will be busy and excited by this special dining experience!

Pho Noodle House
ITC Bldg. Ground Floor
Tamuning
646-3033

Absolutely the best "Pho" (the fragrant beef soup that is the national soup of Vietnam) you can buy in a restaurant on Guam. These folks live up to their namesake and give you an ingredient-laden bowl of soup, for a measly $7, that has three kinds of beef - oxtail, beef ball, and sliced beef, tripe, green onions, white onions, and rice noodles. You then add bean sprouts, basil leaves, local lemon, chili paste, hoisin sauce, and hot chili sauce, and WOW! have you got a meal that'll make sweat the cold right out of you! Again, you can season this to the desired taste and temperature you like. And, don't worry, they have fire-retardant table cloths!

Uri Jip Korean Restaurant
Beneath Buddies Billiards & Behind Tick-Tock
Tamuning
647-3777

The "new soup" I mentioned in the intro that I have just "discovered" was the Kalbi-tang (Beef Rib Soup $12) at Uri Jip, my favorite destination for the classic Korean grilled beef dish, Kalbi. It was Zee's suggestion to try one of their soups and, gosh, they have quite a few to choose from including Daenjong Jigae (Korean miso with beef) and Samgyetang ( Ginseng Chicken Soup). I saw the Kalbi-tang and decided to try it. The meal comes with an assortment of small side dishes (banchan) of marinated and pickled vegetables, kimchees, spicy dried squid, etc. The stone bowl is delivered bubbling hot, and once it cooled down, I saw the bones and meat floating along with a minimal number of clear noodles, green onions, egg, mushrooms, and a single jujube.

The broth was basic, so I doctored it up with a bit of red pepper paste, and even put some additional hot sauce on it from other vegetables. The beef came off the bone and I kept murmuring after every bite just how good this was! It was fabulous eating the soup with steamed rice and ban chan. A vegetarian option Zee had was a Yukgaejong (Spicy Beef Soup) without beef and noodles instead. It was good, but not as thick as the Yukgaejong at Chung Hae.

Menkui Ramen Noodle House
Tumon Trade Center
Fujita Road
Tumon
649-0212

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his is also a relatively new discovery...a few months back I happened into this quaint little Tumon noodle house and found the Special Negi Ramen ($9) that's made with soy-based broth, noodles, meat sauce, and green onions. The only thing is that this is no ordinary amount of green onion...it's the Japanese green onion and it's shaved into a pile on top of your ramen. The noodles are fresh and made to the chef's specifications. They are delicious, as is the broth, which the chef has also taken great pains to create. The meat sauce is his own special addition. It was my second time having this that I "kicked it up a notch" by adding some hot chili paste. This is a special soup with no MSG and an unforgettable freshness...just like eating in Japan!

Chung Hae Korean BBQ
Fujita Road (next to Marty's)
Tumon
649-2343

I can't leave out the Yukgaejong (Spicy Beef Soup $12) served at Chung Hae Korean BBQ! This is the one comfort soup that I literally could not put down my spoon throughout the whole meal! It is so spicy, with a brilliant red broth and pieces of beef interspersed with egg, green onion, and noodles. It's been a while since I've had some, however, it is really an intensely flavored soup that one should be wary of if they have a spice sensitivity.

These are among the first soups that have come to the rescue for me when I'm a bit under the weather. I'm sure you some have favorites of your own, like May's Won Ton Soup, or Lien's Combination soup, Rambie's Nilaga, Denny's Tinola, or King's Saimen Soup...or Fuji Ichi Ban's ramen. We all crave for comfort foods to soothe our aches, pains, and worries away!!

Bon appetit!

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