Guam Diner Bytes: Chopstix
If you’ve not yet been to Chopstix in Hagatna, you are missing out on one of Guam’s hidden Japanese treasures. The food is authentic and prepared fresh by Kaori Sablan. We were there for dinner one night and it is well worth the drive from Tamuning to Hagatna to eat Japanese!
We had the Gyoza to start ($6), which was dispatched quickly accompanied by my Asahi and Zee’s cold sake. We also tried the Spicy Chicken Karaage ($9.75), which was a different take on this Japanese-style fried chicken, with sesame seeds sprinkled over lightly battered and spicy chicken thigh pieces. What we didn’t get in crispness was more than made up for in juiciness and taste.
I had been craving Kaori’s Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Egg Bowl Set, $14.25) which I have certified to be the best on island. It’s probably more expensive than most others, however, it is well worth the money and you sure can’t beat the quality. Everything in her version of this iconic dish is fresh and she is generous with the broth so that nothing dries out. This dinner set comes with salad, which is a combo of green salad on one side and a very fresh homemade macaroni salad on the other as well as pickled radish.
Earlier in the day I had also been craving the curry, and that was reinforced when owner Mike Sablan carried a steaming plate to another customer. The aroma was so powerful that I had to order Chicken Cutlet Curry ($14.50), which also comes with the salad and pickled radish. This was another satisfying selection.
Chopstix does have a lunch menu featuring special prices. Located in Hagatna just down the street from Cup & Saucer and across from Calvo’s Insurance, you don’t want to miss out on this really delicious, well prepared Japanese food.