Guam Diner Bytes: Katre Bistro (Part II)

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

It was Saturday night and we were on the lookout for place outside of Tumon where we could casually enjoy a well-prepared meal with a glass of wine. It was Zee who first came up with Hagatna’s Katre Bistro and I eagerly concurred that this was the right answer! It had been some time since our last dinner at Katre. We definitely needed to visit our friend Chef Roxs and eat some of his “comfort” cuisine!

I was told that tonight’s special was Ham Hocks and Mongo Beans ($13) so I jumped on that! Zee left it up to Chef to prepare a dish she could eat and he prepared a Vegetarian Curry Dish made with Orzo (short-cut past shaped like a large grain of rice). Although hers was colorful and flavorful, she wanted a little more heat! Next time she’ll have it with boonie peppers!

My Ham Hocks and Mongo Beans was absolutely delicious, and Chef Roxs had admonished me to drizzle a little bit of his spiced vinegar to cut the saltiness of the mongo beans. Oh this worked magically! It made every bite a rich treat for my palate. Chef Roxs uses a lot of vegetable ingredients to build a rich flavor profile in his dishes! The problem I had was I couldn’t eat it all, so I had to take one whole hock home!!

Of course, we were treated to dessert, which was one of Le Tasi Bistro’s confections - a slice of their Mocha Cheesecake. If you didn’t know, Katre Bistro has modified its schedule of operations so they are not open every weekday for dinner. It may be best to call first to see if they are open. You’ll also be pleased to know that in addition to their wonderful menu selections, they have Comfort Food Specials, which include Pot Roast, Oxtail Soup, Meatloaf, Lamb Burgers, and Ham Hocks and Mongo Beans! With these specials, Katre is guaranteed a steady flow of local residents looking for their comfort food fix!

We continue with our series of excerpts from Charlotte Foltz Jones’ book, “Eat Your Words”, which describes the language of food and how food terms and phrases have become everyday expressions. Though some words have food origins, with the passing of time their meanings have changed completely. Chapter 7 of Jones’ tome is called “By Word of Mouth”, and it touches on several such familiar words that started out with food. Among them:

Carnival - “The word carnival began from the Latin words carne, meaning ‘meat,’ and vale, meaning ‘farewell,’ and it refers to a time when Christians consumed a lot of meat before beginning Lent...The day before Lent was called carne vale - ‘farewell to meat’. In the 1600s carnival began to be used as a term for any festive time. “

Company and Companion - “A companion is a person who spends time with another. A company is a group of people who work together. Both of these words come from the Latin com, which means ‘with’ or ‘together’, and panis, which means ‘bread’. Whether is is with your companion or the people in your company, these words actually mean to share bread. (And it’s true that companies have the goal of sharing bread - bread being another word for money!)”

Bon Appetit!

Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart

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