Guam 2015: Market Night at Chamorro Village

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.

Deserted village. No one is around during the day except for a couple of fresh food market booths. We  stopped by one Wednesday around noon to see what kind of fruits were for sale and then came back about  five hours later and the place was jumping!

Deserted village. No one is around during the day except for a few customers at a couple of fresh food market booths. We stopped by one Wednesday around noon to see what kind of fruits were for sale and then came back about five hours later and the place was jumping!

If you get there early you can ride on a carabao! They start cooking around 2. People start coming around 5. If  you get there late you may have trouble finding a parking spot!

If you get there early you can ride on a carabao! They start cooking around 2. People start coming around 5. If
you get there late you may have trouble finding a parking spot!

Some of the locals go to as many as three stalls to get thier complete dinners but we found just about  everything we wanted at the centrallly-located Tunu stand ("tunu" means barbeque in Chamorro). The Tunu folks  have been cooking at the village for seven years. They claim that their sausages are the longest in Guam!

Some of the locals go to as many as three stalls to get their complete dinners but we found just about
everything we wanted at the centrally-located Tunu stand (“tunu” means barbeque in Chamorro). The Tunu folks
have been cooking at the Village for seven years. They claim that their sausages are the longest in Guam!

"Nana, I had two meatballs!" Nana's meal consists of a little bit of corn, a little bit of rice and a little bit of  Portuguese sausage. My granddaughter found some meatballs on a stick at another stand.

“Nana, I had two meatballs!” Nana’s meal consists of a little bit of corn, a little bit of rice and a little bit of
Portuguese sausage. My granddaughter found some meatballs on a stick at another stand.

Smoothies are a hit with everyone.

Smoothies are a hit with everyone.

My grandson is somewhere in this crowd.

My grandson is somewhere in this crowd.

The Men and Joy booth was a big hit with the Japanese tourists.

The Men and Joy booth was a big hit with the Japanese tourists.

Eat your coconut Japanese style.

Eat your coconut Japanese style.

Lots of arts and crafts booths like this woodburning dispay.

Lots of arts and crafts booths like this woodburning display.

Bracelets and things ...

Bracelets and things …

shirts and dresses and things ...

shirts and dresses and things …

"Hey, let's dance!" Guamanians love country music and couples of our generation love to dance the western  swing. People of all ages join the fun for line dancing, even my daughter and granddaughter!

“Hey, let’s dance!” Guamanians love country music and couples of our generation love to dance the western
swing. People of all ages join the fun for line dancing, even my daughter and granddaughter!

I recognized all of  the old Hank Williams, Freddy Fender and Oak Ridge Boys tunes but sometimes the words were sung in Chamorro!

I recognized all of the old Hank Williams, Freddy Fender and Oak Ridge Boys tunes but sometimes the words were sung in Chamorro!

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.

 

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One Response to Guam 2015: Market Night at Chamorro Village

  1. derricodenise says:

    Reblogged this on Key of Dee and commented:
    More on Chamorro Village!

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