Guam Diner Bytes: Kar Kar Restaurant
Looking for good Chinese? Kar Kar has some of the best overall dining values on island. You can get a complete meal here that will fill you up without emptying your wallet! Freshly prepared Chinese and local items are what makes Kar Kar one of the island’s favorites. Lunch and dinner specials start at $5.00.
We had a craving for dim sum that Sunday morning just before New Year’s. We ordered from the dim sum menu several items from a selection of 35 choices. First to come was the pan fried rice noodle Singapore style ($4.50). For the money, this is really a generous portion of soft glutinous rice rolls with a curry spice seasoning sprinkled with sesame seeds and sautéed red and green bell peppers and carrot slices.
Next came my favorite, shrimp dumplings ($4.00), which in Chinese is called Har Gau. You get four dumplings with this order, which was enough for us (though I could probably put down a few more orders on my own!). Our steamed pork spareribs/black bean sauce ($3.50) came next (keep in mind that these dim sum orders are delivered as they are prepared, allowing you time to eat one before the next comes). These little pork riblets are gristly and somewhat spicy (with chili peppers), though the steaming has tempered some of the usual heat.
The first item on the menu is the Steamed B.B.Q. Pork Bun ($3.50), which has three of these delicious, moist flavorful buns, popularly known as siao pao. Kar Kar’s are fresh made and you can’t get better than these locally.
A really fragrant and flavorful dim sum treat is the pan fried chives/meat dumpling ($4.50), of which there are four to a serving. These translucent green tinted dumplings have a savory taste heavily accented with chives, which are more pungent and intense than green onions.
The final item we ate was the sesame balls ($3.50), which are airy like donuts and studded with sesame seeds. These are a favorite way to end a dim sum meal with hot jasmine or oolong tea. Though they were delivered earlier, we waited until we’d finished the rest of our meal, which also included sautéed Chinese broccoli with garlic ($8.00).
Kar Kar is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, and only closed on Wednesday night. Dinner is served 6 nights a week from 6 - 10 p.m. For takeout orders or to book reservations, call 647-3188.
Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart