Guam Diner Bytes: Spring Chinese Kitchen
Spring Chinese Kitchen has relocated to its present Marine Corps Drive location (just north of Pizza Hut) in Tamuning about 4 months ago. Spring had been a local neighborhood favorite in its former Farenholt Avenue location and was always packed for both lunch and dinner. We recently dropped in for dinner to try out a couple dishes we like.
The Steamed Chinese Broccoli ($8.95) is a vegetarian favorite, and is freshly-made with a little garlic to flavor it. An alternative dish we tried on a 2nd visit was the Sauteed Garlic Kang Kong ($8.95), which was notably more flavorful with lots more garlic! As both of these are frequently ordered, there’s a chance that one or the other may not be available. Another popular Vegetarian entree is the Braised Tofu ($7.95). Be sure to tell you server you want “No MSG” . The Braised Tofu has Chinese cabbage, broccoli, onions, carrots, and tofu. It is fresh made to order.
On the meat side of the menu, I had the Chicken with Black Bean Sauce ($7.95) on our 1st visit and the Chicken with Cashew Nut ($8.95) for the 2nd meal. The Black Bean Sauce was a bit on the salty side, however, the Chicken with Cashew Nut had a more balanced flavor, with plenty of crunchy celery stalks, and green bell peppers. The cashews were delicious and complemented the sauteed vegetables.
Next I had the Shanghai Beef ($8.95), which I found to be quite good and made with red peppers, green and white onions, garlic, and beef. This dish has some heat from the pepper seeds, but would not be considered “pika” hot. One of the dishes I ordered for the 2nd dinner was Shrimp Egg Fu Yung($7.95), which I really liked, especially with the brown sauce. You also have to like white onions, as these are one of the key ingredients along with the shrimp. For those who like omelets, Egg Fu Yung combinations are kind of a Chinese equivalent. Spring does have daily lunch specials starting at $5.00, with lunch service from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner is 6 - 10 p.m.