April 5, 2002, Volume 2 Number 14
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
Want to know what is becoming the most stimulating reading on Guam? Try reading the Lunch and Dinner Specials at guamdiner.com, where you will find food descriptions for special menus available at well-known local restaurants like Roy's, Sam Choy's, Old Hagatna Grill, Le Tasi Bistro, Tinige Ansianu at the Outrigger, Simply Food, Hard Rock Cafe, T.G.I. Friday's, Islander Terrace, Genji, VIP House, Lone Star Steakhouse, and Jan Z's By the Sea. Accessible from the front page of guamdiner.com, this unique menu information resource provides current specials (some are updated every week, while some are for the month) that are posted directly by the restaurants. This feature allows customers the opportunity to browse through the establishments' special culinary offerings from the comfort of their office or home. So you could have tried Chef Peter Duenas's Creamed Crab Fritters (creamed crab meat breaded with panko bread crumbs, deep fried to a golden finish and served with a spicy tonkatsu sauce) at Sam Choy's this past week had you seen this special menu posting.
Or how about sampling the Kabayaki Jumbo Prawns with Sweet Chili Mustard Aioli, paired with a glass of Byron Pinot Noir '99 at Roy's (just one of the 4 courses in a special Hilton Wine Experience Food & Wine Pairing Menu available now through May)? Just reading these descriptions makes my mouth-water in anticipation, much the same way it happens when I'm actually sitting in the restaurant reading the menu. The Curry Chicken at Hard Rock Cafe is not just any old chicken curry - it's curry as only Chef Singh makes it! This past Wednesday's Soup de Jour at Le Tasi Bistro was Almond & Spinach, which was a splendid creation. Their Thursday Lunch special's Hungarian Beef Goulash or Tandoori Chicken probably made some diner's day!
The Specials section of the website also has downloadable coupons from such places as Fuji Ichiban, Carl's Jr., King's, and Le Tasi Bistro, with more coming soon. This resource is freely available to you 24/7. No doubt you've heard the saying that "knowledge is power," so go ahead and use the power of the Internet to get the best information on what's cooking on Guam!
In Today's Issue:
- Chef's Cup Gala Dinner Menu - UOG's 50th Anniversary Event - April 8
- Enter the ANZAC Day Contest from Stanlee's Liquor Store & Deli
- Jamaican Grill's "Jerk" Chicken Kelaguen - Ummmm, Good!
- Planet Noodle & Cafe - Now Open for Lunch & Dinner in Hagatna
- Downtown Deli's Fried Chicken Friday Special
- Gyros at Jeff's Pirate's Cove!
- Local Style Poki - Good to Go At Guam Fisherman's Co-op
- Thanh Phuong Restaurant - Upper Tumon's Newest Vietnamese
Chef's Cup Gala Dinner Menu - UOG's 50th Anniversary Event - April 8
If you want to know what's on the menu for the upcoming Celebrity Chef's Cup Gala Dinner, click here to find the complete listing of the menu and the chef teams involved (5 Chefs paired with local media personalities). My partner, Chef Peter Duenas of Sam Choy's, and I will prepare a Salmon & Corn Chowder with Lemongrass Essence. Find out what Chef Clayton Babas from the Outrigger is preparing for Dessert along with his partner, Guam Business Editor Maureen Maratita, or what Hyatt's Chef Remo is making as the Main Entree with KUAM News Reporter Mindy Fothergill. This will be a night to remember and a dinner you won't forget! Call 735-2955/6/7 for tickets and information.
Enter the Anzac Day Contest from Stanlee's Liquor Store & Deli
April 25th marks Australia's most important national holiday, Anzac Day. This very special day commenorates the landing of the ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) at Gallipolli on April 25, 1915 during the First World War. This day has come to serve as the day Australians remember those who fought and died in all wars. Stanlee's Liquor Store & Deli, located in the yellow and green building next to Acanta Mall in Tumon, is Guam's local purveyor of all good things Australian from wine to gourmet foods. Guamdiner.com and Stanlee's have joined together to honor our Australian friends and their special day with the 1st Annual Anzac Day Contest. Enter once daily on-line to win gift certificates from Stanlee's (you can also enter at the store.) 2 weekly winners will receive $25 Gift Certificates each and the 2 Grand Prize winners will receive $75 Gift Certificates. Click here to enter and get the details. Good on ya, mate!
Jamaican Grill's "Jerk" Chicken Kelaguen - Ummmm, Good!
"Ya Mon"! The Jerk Chicken Kelaguen is serious food at Jamaican Grill! This savory appetizer is just one of several locally-inspired dishes you won't find in Jamaica. I recently had this dish (value-priced at $6.95) along with dinner and must admit that it's piled so high we had to take half of it with us. The chicken has been jerk seasoned and is tossed together with green and red onions, marinated chili peppers, freshly squeezed lemon along with some warm just-grilled tortillas. Although I had the Triple Combo (Mahi, Chicken & Ribs), I observed a nearby customer enjoying a Jerk Burger ($5.95), a 1/3 LB Jerk Seasoned Burger with Cheese, Grilled Onions and Tomato - it looked like a good contender in our quest for Guam's Best Burger. I will definitely have to try this sometime soon!
Planet Noodle & Cafe - Now Open for Lunch & Dinner in Hagatna
Located in the space formerly occupied by Shirley's in Hagatna's Hamilton Hotel (just down from Le Tasi Bistro), Planet Noodle & Cafe is open for business with an impressive selection of Asian noodle dishes, prepared uniquely to satisfy American tastes. Among the noodle dishes are Char siu Ramen, Udon Soup Noodle, Won Ton, Tom Yum Soup, Beef Stew Soup Noodle, and Yakisoba, with prices in the $8.00 range. A variety of fish, chicken, shrimp, and pork dishes are among the available specialty entrees. Daily specials are also featured, such as Friday's choice of Grilled Seasoned Shrimp ($8.50), Fried Fresh Whole Red Snapper ($9.00/sm; $11.00/lg), or Sweet & Sour Fresh Whole Tilapia (sm) ($8.50). A free seafood salad is offered, and the menu includes steamed rice, salad, and soup of the day.
Although I didn't eat there, the meals I saw looked appealing and all the customers who were eating lunch were giving me positive reviews. Planet Noodle is owned by Shala, who has moved from California to Guam. They are open Monday - Saturday, with lunch service from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Phone: 472-0009.
Downtown Deli's Fried Chicken Friday Special
Word's out that the Fried Chicken Friday Lunch Special at Hagatna's Downtown Deli is good eating...you get 4 pieces with a soup or salad, as well as a starch, for $6.00. Some of their customers swear by their Chicken Salad and Corn Chowder, and their Portuguese Bean Soup is a winner. You have to see their Reuben Sandwich...it rules! For breakfast, you can't go wrong with their Whole Wheat Pancakes. Sadly, the once popular Indian Platter served on Friday's has been discontinued until further notice.
If you are in the Hagatna area, you can have your food delivered! Just call 477-6958. If you need a sandwich platter for a business luncheon, they'll take good care of you! Downtown Deli is home of the "Overstuffed" sandwiches...try one today, and look for their daily specials!
Gyros at Jeff's Pirate's Cove!
News Flash....I've just been informed that for a limited time you can buy a Gyros Plate with Fries or Rice for $7.50 at Jeff's Pirate's Cove, in Ipan. Some of you may recall that Jeff's daughter, Sara, was the proprietor for the recently-closed Greek Freak. So, if you liked Greek Freak's gyros, this is your chance to satisfy your craving. Perhaps if the demand is strong enough, Jeff may keep them on his menu. It's a gorgeous drive to Jeff's anytime, so take the family and enjoy the food - try the Fiesta Plate and Jeff's Famous Homemade Cheeseburger! Be sure to tour the museum, you will be amazed at the many treasures on display, from both the land and the sea! Jeff's is open Sundays from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Mondays - Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Call 789-1582.
Local Style Poki - Good to Go At Guam Fisherman's Co-Op
If you've not tried Guam Fisherman's Co-Op's Local Style Poki, then you need to do so as soon as you can. It's good. Real good, and can be purchased ready-to go in take-out containers at the Co-Op's Hagatna store, right across from the Chamorro Village and adjacent to the Boat Basin. When I was eating it, I noted the difference was in the ingredients, and guess what? Thanks to the generosity of the Co-Op's team, you can make you own great-tasting Local Style Poki by following the recipe that's located in the Local Recipe section of guamdiner.com. Here's a list of ingredients that makes their Poki perk--fresh Marlin, sesame oil, fresh grated ginger, kim chee base, chopped yellow daigo (radish), hot local boonie peppers, and green onions. I've shared some of this with my official taste-testers and they've rated it two thumbs up! Look for more and other recipes that are being posted to the site, and be sure to shop at Guam Fisherman's Co-Op, where freshness and quality are their standards.
Thanh Phuong Restaurant - Upper Tumon's Newest Vietnamese
Another family-run restaurant has opened up across Marine Drive from Nissan's Upper Tumon complex, and it is called Thanh Phuong Restaurant, specializing in Vietnamese cuisine. For those familiar with this strip mall location that also houses Aji Ichi and Verizon Pacific's offices, Thanh Phuong has replaced Lieng's II. Although Thanh Phuong has only been open for 3 weeks, it's chef/owner, Thanh Luan, has lived on Guam for fourteen years and had cooked for Lieng's Hafa Adai Exchange location for nine years.
Thanh's personable wife, Lynda, welcomed us on Sunday night, and later explained that the restaurant's name is a hybrid of her husband's and her name, which is Nguyen Thao Phuong. Her enthusiasm was infectious as she explained the menu entrees. We ordered the Shrimp Senegang (Canh Chua Tom, $8.00), the Crispy Fried Noodles (Mi Xao Don, $8.00), the Beef Lemongrass (Tom Xao Xa Ot, $7.00), and the Shrimp Kelaguen (Tom Tai Chanh, $8.00). For drinks, we had the Vietnamese Iced Coffee ($2.00) and Lemonade ($1.00). These drinks were great choices, since local lemons made the lemonade a refreshingly tart, thirst-quenching beverage, and the coffee was blended with imported Longevity Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.
The Shrimp Kelaguen proved to be a stunning surprise, both in presentation and taste. It is delivered on a platter with the shrimp (there are plenty) sliced in half instead of chopped as we're used to seeing. The shrimp halves cover a bed of greens (celery, cucumber, onions, and lettuce) that is saturated in a spicy marinade speckled with red peppers. It looked more like a a spicy shrimp salad than what we know as Shrimp Kelaguen, but this is Vietnamese style, and this was irresistibly delicious.
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