Guam Diner Bytes: Chopstix
Do you ever get excited about eating a special dish or at a certain place? I can tell you that I do and probably do so more often than most people. One restaurant that has this effect on me is Chopstix in Hagatna (across from Calvo’s Insurance). It’s a rather small restaurant, but the tastes are huge (and so are the portions). I have been going there to get my “Katsudon” fix! I have proclaimed Chopstix has having the best Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Egg Bowl Set, $14.25). No one even comes close to Kaori Sablan’s Katsudon! In fact, if I start talking to someone about it, I begin to crave it.
The last time I was here, Zee had not yet started her vegetarian diet. This time, we ordered some non-meat appetizers such as the Potato Croquettes ($7.75), which are delicious mashed potatos rolled up in panko crumbs then deep-fried to a golden crunchiness. They are served with a tonkatsu sauce for dipping. We also ordered Cold Tofu($4.00) as well as Edamame($4.50). Tofu and edamame may seem to be redundant since they are essentially the same thing, just served at different stages of the soy bean’s “life”! Obviously the texture of edamame is quite different as is the color...so they may as well be different dishes, right? What’s really interesting is that we’ll pour shoyu over the top of the tofu to mix with the green onions and bonito flakes. That’s 3 version of the noble soy bean!
We had needed something else for Zee and I mentioned Vegetable Yakisoba. Kaori’s husband, Mike Sablan, said they could do it though it wasn’t on the menu. Yasai Yakisoba was brought out on a beautiful cobalt blue plate with the expectation that some could be leftover for lunch (which didn’t happen!). Talk about tasty! It sure made Zee a happy camper!!
One of the things I didn’t mention in my previous articles was to let people know about the Takeout Lunch Specials at Chopstix that are served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The price for the Katsudon is $10.00, however, this doesn’t include the salad (green salad with a tasty homemade macaroni salad), Oshinko(vegetables), nor miso soup. These can be ordered separately. Chicken Cutlet, Pork Steak, Pork Ginger, Beef Curry, Chicken Teriyaki, and Mix Grill can all be ordered a la carte for Take Out strictly. It is recommended that you call at least 15 minutes in advance before arriving for your take-out order.
I hope you find Kaori’s Katsudon as awesomely delicious as I do! I love it so much that I don’t even leave a single grain of rice left in the bowl!