One way to find out what Guamanian culture is all about is to plan to visit Guam when one of the many villages on the island is holding its annual fiesta. Another method is to strike up a friendship with a local and get invited to a home-cooked meal. Then there’s the Wednesday alternative: If you happen to be on the island on a Wednesday evening then head on down Marine Drive to central Hagatna (Agana) and visit the Chamorro Village on Market Night. It’s THE place to go on Wednesday nights.
Here’s a list of some of the most popular Chamorro foods available at the Chamorro Village on Market Night:
hineksa’ agaga’ — red rice (it’s actually orange);
fina’denne — hot sauce made from vinegar, soy sauce, white onion, green onion, peppers;
kelaguen — lemon juice, fresh coconut, green onions, salt and hot red chili peppers (marinate to “cook” raw meat, fish or shrimp);
potu — coconut-flavored white rice cake;
latiya — cake with vanilla custard and ground cinnamon;
estufao — beef, pork or chicken marinated with onion, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, black pepper and cooked in a pot with vegetable oil (Chamorro version of the popular Filipino adobo dish);
donne’ sali, aka “boonie pepper” — the favorite pepper on Guam.
Chamorro Village is on the north side of Marine Drive adjacent to the baseball stadium in Paseo de Susana. Skinner Plaza with all of its war memorials and the soon-to-be-completed Guam Museum are on the other side of Marine Drive. The Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica and Plaza de Espana are just south of Skinner Plaza.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring some cash along with your taste buds. Some of the vendors don’t deal with credit cards.