TRADITIONAL FOODS IN GUAM THAT YOU MUST TRY
Undoubtedly, Guam is among the Pacific's most picturesque and culturally diverse travel destinations. It is renowned for being the center of Chamorro culture and cuisine and is located in the middle of Micronesia's islands. Guam's food is one of its outstanding features. The meals are full of taste and spice, and the foods are all unique. Guam food has a wide variety of flavors and dishes for all occasions. 1. Red Rice Short-grained rice that has been colored by soaking achote (annatto) seeds in water, giving it a bright orange color.
The red rice is always served first, followed by other starches such as titiyas (flatbread made of corn or flour), lemmai (breadfruit), dagu (taro), and gollai ppan aga' (bananas prepared with coconut milk).
2. Coconut candy
The ingredients for this Chamorro coconut candy include caramelized sugar and freshly grated coconut. A small amount of butter helps to hold the candy together so that it may be rolled into balls. Coconut candy is popular in many Pacific and Asian countries, each with their own twist.
It is a spicy all-purpose condiment that is a Chamorro culinary staple. It translates as "prepared with chili pepper" in Chamorro and can be drizzled over a meat meal or rice, or served separately in a little dipping sauce.
4. Kadon Pika
Kadon Pika is a simple and traditional Guam cuisine that all Guam residents eat as children. This chicken meal is typically served over hot rice with steamed veggies on the side; however, vegetables can be substituted if desired. If you like spicy foods, you can add peppers and chili to your liking, although it's already really tasty without them.
5. Hotnon Babui
An entire pig is slowly spit-roasted over an open fire to make this festive Chamorro feast. The pig is typically basted on a regular basis to generate crispy skin on the outside and tender, delicious flesh on the inside. It usually takes four hours to roast a 100-pound pig.
When served, the pig is placed on a platter that is often decorated with various fruits and placed in the center of the festive table.
6. Lumpia Lumpia is a common dish during Chamorro festivities.
Lumpia is a thin rice or wheat flour wrapper packed with meat (usually ground pork or ground beef), cabbage, carrots, onions, and garlic. To ensure that no filling escapes when the lumpia wrapper is deep fried, an egg wash is utilized to seal it.
7. Shrimp Patties
Chamorro Shrimp Patties are soft, fried fritters stuffed with shrimp and veggies and served with a delightful spicy vinegar sauce.
Chamorro shrimp patties (buñelos uhang) are similar to American fritters. The American fritter is made of a deep-fried batter and can be served sweet or savory: if served as a dessert, fruits are added to the batter; if served savory, pig or fish may be the main element.
8. Latiya A dessert made of vanilla custard sprinkled with cinnamon with a sponge cake base.
9. Titiyas Titiyas, which is derived from the Spanish word "tortilla," is a flatbread prepared from corn, wheat, or other starchy plant flour.
Titiyas are prominently placed near the beginning of the fiesta table, second only to the ever-present red rice, or third if baked bread rolls are on the menu. Depending on the motif chosen, cut titiyas are presented on a platter, flat tray, or woven basket. 10. Cucumber salad This cool Chamorro salad tastes best when made in hot, humid conditions. It is also a popular dish at most Chamorro celebrations and is made with only a few ingredients: sliced cucumbers, onions, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and salt. Allow the salad to sit for a few minutes before serving to allow all of the flavors to blend.
It is best served with red rice and meat dishes like grilled chicken.
Travel is nothing without the food in it right? Enjoy the different cuisines while exploring Guam.